I was first introduced to Billy Coffey by a tweet. I follow Kat and have found her to be both hilarious and inspiring. Not an easy combination to achieve!

I noticed that Kat links to this Billy Coffey guy quite often and being the curious sort, I eventually clicked over to check him out. I found that he also is funny and inspiring – and a good writer to boot!

When Kat asked if I’d like to read Billy’s first novel, I said, “Of course!”

I’m so glad I did. Here’s the summary:

Peter is a simple man who lives by a simple truth—a person gains strength by leaning on his constants. To him, those constants are the factory where he works, the family he loves, and the God who sustains him. But when news of job cuts comes against the backdrop of an unexpected snowstorm, his life becomes filled with far more doubts than certainties.

With humor and a gift for storytelling, Billy Coffey brings you along as he spends his snow day encountering family, friends, and strangers of his small Virginia town. All have had their own battles with life’s storms. Some have found redemption. Others are still seeking it. But each one offers a piece to the puzzle of why we must sometimes suffer loss, and each one will help Peter find a greater truth—our lives are made beautiful not by our big moments, but our little ones.

Reading Snow Day by Billy Coffey interrupted my recent book binge. Only about a decade late to the game, I’ve been devouring the Harry Potter series for the first time. That Snow Day could get – and keep – my attention after submerging myself in a world of magic and wonder is no small feat.

The book was actually a nice break. Just like a snow day is a nice break.

Actually, now that I think about it, how I read the book is a pretty good metaphor for the book itself, which is a metaphor for life.

See, snow – especially in the big drifts and piles that close schools and roads and calendars – makes the world soft and quiet and clear. Snow Day is the story of a man who needs time to be quiet and seek clarity. And I read Snow Day in the midst of several crazy, colorful books about wizards.

Although, it’s possible I’m getting my metaphors and similes and analogies and whatnot all mixed up. And it’s possible that makes no sense at all.

No matter what you call it, Snow Day was a soft yet stirring, calm yet convicting story of a man forced to take a day off from his chaotic life. Billy has a way with words that I appreciate and enjoy, and though the story is a serious one, he sprinkles a dry humor throughout each chapter.

I really liked this story – and what it taught both the main character and me. If you’re looking for a good, solid story with some gentle life lessons, I highly suggest Snow Day by Billy Coffey.

Have you read any good books lately? What would you do with a snow day, an unexpected day off? Could you use some quiet time to reflect?

A copy of Snow Day was provided to me for this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.

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