Peter Boyd is the neighbor we all want to have. He’s hardworking, loves his wife, adores his children, lends a hand, and carries that small town common sense we all could stand to tie to our own hitch. But there’s one problem nagging at an otherwise blessed man.
Talk of layoffs at the local factory has Peter worried about everything he has worked so hard to build and support. If he becomes a victim of the sign of these poor economic times, he’s up cow-patty creek to find suitable work in his hometown. The water is rising fast on the few dreams still holding breath for his family.
And worse yet, the special needs of Peter’s young daughter only add to the strain of a man already doubting his faith in a God who is supposed to care.
In his debut novel, author Billy Coffey gets it. One might be tempted to call Snow Day an easy read. The only thing I found easy was the one-click ordering at Amazon.com and the knock at the door a few days later from the delivery man.
I choked up teary-eyed twice. I laughed at least twice more. And several chapters left me closing the book — not to put it away, but to think. To roll each story over like stones in a stream, smoothed by years of flowing wisdom, and releasing gold flakes of hope from life’s muddy bottom. Coffey’s ability to see and describe what most of us fail to notice on a given day is nothing short of impressive.
Author L.L. Barkat compares Coffey’s storytelling ability in Snow Day to “the wit and energy of Mark Twain, albeit with compassion and spiritual vision.” I could not agree more.
What touched me further is that, according to Coffey, the circumstances Peter Boyd finds himself in are similar to those faced by Coffey himself at an earlier point in his life. Not to mention how relative the story is to the countless men and women wondering where God is, at a time in our history when His presence feels most distant.
We all could use a gentle reminder and a fresh set of eyes to recognize that God is closer than we might believe. Through a string of unconventional yet oddly ordinary encounters on a surprise snow day in rural Virginia, Coffey’s Peter Boyd will have you reaching deep into your heart for those people and dreams you’ve always held dear but didn’t quite know how to engage. This particular Snow Day will have you walking through life with an extra two-step in your boots — and you’ll still be home in time for dinner.
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To learn more about Billy Coffey and to read his blog filled with down-to-earth yet often profound stories of everyday life, please visit his website at http://www.billycoffey.com.