Catholic Book Review - The Gift of Summer Snow


If you’re looking for a special summer reading opportunity for the young readers in your home, be sure to check out The Gift of Summer Snow: A Tale from the Garden of Mysteries by author Donna Alice Patton. Here’s a quick blueprint of this likable detective story:

Becky McGuffey is an ordinary eleven-year-old who likes to grow flowers and enter them at the county fair. She especially loves roses because they’re beautiful and because they remind her of her favorite saint – St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, also known as the Little Flower. Becky is getting her flowers ready for the all-important junior garden show which is just a few weeks away. She’s got her heart set on winning the grand prize so she can buy her grandmother a special gift. Everything’s coming up roses until Becky discovers that someone has been snipping her prize-winning rose, Summer Snow. She sets out to catch the culprit and save her flowers but she literally doesn’t have a clue where to begin. After taking crime-solving lessons from her family and a couple of helpful neighbors, she’s soon on the trail of a likely suspect. But when she confronts the alleged rosenapper she sets off a string of unexpected events that teach her about competition and charity, pride and humility, suspicion and trust and what it means to imitate a saint.

While the main character in the book is a girl, boys will likely enjoy this book as well for its mystery flair and quick pace. As a mom, I can say that it’s wonderful to have books like The Gift of Summer Snow to share with our families: an engaging story, a solid message of faith (without ever being preachy) and a lovely tie in to one of my favorite saints. Check out The Gift of Summer Snow and be sure to download the free Unit Study Guide for the book.

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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