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The snow globe
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010.
Physical Description:
166 pages ; 19 cm
Purchasing an antique snow globe and learning about how it brought comfort to a grieving widower and other owners who saw comforting images while gazing at it, Kiley Gray relates the story to her two skeptical friends before all three women experience miracles during the holiday season.


Call Number
Roberts, S.

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Discover an unforgettable holiday treasure in Sheila Roberts' heartwarming tale of love and laughter, magic and miracles, friendship and coming home...

On a blustery afternoon, Kylie Gray wanders into an antique shop and buys an enchanting snow globe. "There's a story behind that snow globe," the antique dealer tells her. The original owner, he explains, was a German toymaker who lost his wife and son right before Christmas. When the grieving widower received the handcrafted snow globe as a Christmas gift, he saw the image of a beautiful woman beneath the glass--a woman who would come into his life, mend his broken heart and bring him back to the world of the living. For years, the snow globe has passed from generation to generation, somehow always landing in the hands of a person in special need of a Christmas miracle.

Kiley could use a miracle herself. This year, all she wants for Christmas is someone to love. A hopeful shake leads her on an adventure that makes a believer out of her. When Kylie shares the story of the snow globe with her best friends--two women with problems of their own--they don't believe it. But they're about to discover that at Christmastime, sometimes the impossible becomes possible and miracles really do come true.

Author Notes

Sheila Roberts has been writing since 1989. Her books include Angel Lane (Center Point Pub 2009), a Amazon Best Pick in 2009, Bikini Season (Gale Cengage 2008), and The Snow Globe (St Martins Press 2010). In 2014 her title Welcome to Icicle Falls, as part of Together for Christmas, made Harlequin's Hot Romance List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

An antique snow globe brings good luck to its owners in Roberts's easygoing Christmas time killer. Kiley Gray's having a tough time: her boyfriend has just dumped her for her ditzy sister, she can't find a job, and her best friends Suzanne and Alison are too busy to stay in touch. But when Kiley wanders into an antiques store, she eyes a beautiful snow globe that the store's owner promises her will perform miracles. Sure enough, the globe leads Kiley to the man of her dreams and is soon working its magic for Suzanne and Alison, too. While the drama is decidedly sedate, Roberts's well-intentioned story serves as a light, pleasant reminder about the importance of balancing family, friends, love, and career. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Kiley, Suzanne, and Allison are good friends who are all going through a rough time in November. Kiley just lost her job, and her fiancé dumped her at Halloween. Suzanne is a chronic workaholic, who routinely neglects her husband and daughter to chase her dream of a Martha Stewartesque, perfectly decorated mansion. Allison has food and weight issues connected with last year's passing of her beloved grandmother, the only one to rein in the clan when it got rowdy, as it always did around the holidays. Then Kiley purchases an antique snow globe reputed to help those in need of a miracle, and it provides one! Roberts' charming holiday-themed contemporary story set in the Seattle area offers hope, comfort, and a second chance for those who believe, and a nudge to change the minds of those who don't.--Welch, Lynne Copyright 2010 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Kylie's down on her luck-she's broke, unemployed, and her boyfriend just dumped her for her sister. Wandering into an antiques shop, she impulsively buys a cute snow globe after learning it may reveal to its owners their heart's desire. When Kylie starts seeing a handsome young man appear in the snow globe, her friends think she's going crazy. But then they, too, start to see different images. Is it simply fantasy, or are they all due for some Christmas miracles? This lighthearted and charming read will appeal to fans of Kristin Hannah's magical, light romances and readers who enjoyed Roberts's previous holiday offerings (Angel Lane; On Strike for Christmas). [Library marketing.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.