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A Little Window by Jean M. Snyder is a compelling and thought-provoking novel that delves deep into the complexities of human relationships, the lingering power of the past, and the resilience of the human spirit.

The storyline follows protagonist Alice, a young woman who, burdened by a tragic incident from her childhood, struggles to find her place in the world. Set in the picturesque town of Meadowview, the author excellently depicts the charming yet claustrophobic nature of small-town living, where everyone knows everyone else's business. This setting serves as a vivid backdrop for the exploration of the characters' lives and secrets.

Snyder masterfully intertwines past and present, slowly unraveling the mystery surrounding Alice's traumatic past. The way she reveals crucial details with precision and suspense keeps readers engrossed from beginning to end. Through fragmented memories, dreams, and poignant reflections, Alice slowly comes to terms with her haunting past, seeking healing and redemption.

What truly sets A Little Window apart is Snyder's exquisite prose. Her writing style is eloquent, lyrical, and poetic, painting vivid images of the town's natural beauty, as well as the complexities of human emotions and relationships. The author's meticulous attention to detail brings the characters and their struggles to life, allowing the reader to empathize and connect with them on a profound level.

The characters in A Little Window are deeply nuanced and complex, each struggling with their own demons and desires. Alice, in particular, is a beautifully flawed protagonist who undergoes tremendous growth throughout the narrative. Supporting characters, such as Alice's estranged father and her childhood friend, add depth and layers to the story, showcasing the ripple effects of secrets and the power of forgiveness.

While A Little Window explores dark and heavy themes, it is ultimately a story of hope and resilience. It emphasizes the importance of forgiveness, self-discovery, and finding one's own voice amidst the noise of others' expectations. The novel serves as a reminder that it is never too late to confront and heal from the past, embracing the possibility of a brighter future.

In conclusion, A Little Window is a captivating novel that lingers in the reader's mind long after the final pages. Jean M. Snyder's exquisite writing style, compelling characters, and skillful navigation of complex themes make this book a compelling and deeply resonant read. Through Alice's journey, readers are reminded of the transformative power of self-discovery and the enduring strength of the human spirit.

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" In good sooth, my masters this is no door, yet it is a little window that looketh upon a great world. "


All but two of the verses in this volume originally appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, and are reprinted by permission.

The two exceptions are "Joy" (page 46) and "Triumph" (page 49), which are also copyrighted and reprinted by permission.


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