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This is a short story about love and frost, family and healing. A father and daughter in a small mountain town suffer the impact of a bitter snowstorm.
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About David Rose

I love books. I have had a relationship with books for as long as I can remember. I love turning pages, holding a book in my arms, er, hands, and smelling the unique scent of that particular book. I love old books and new stories. So as a writer I am a reader first.

I began reading (my mother's James Hadley Chase novels) before I was six, and have never stopped. I usually read five or six books a week, unless they are huge: eg "Lord of the Rings" in one volume, or "Winter's Tale" (Mark Helprin).

I used manual typewriters for years. My favourite was an Olivetti Lettera 32 portable which I inherited from my mother, and which was my mainstay for about 20 years, after she had used it for a similar period. Yes, they are rather more durable than computers!

I am an unabashed romantic. I buy flowers for my wife whenever the notion takes me, and I write her a poem at least once a year. I adore soppy romantic scenes in movies (as in the willow pool in "The Little Mermaid" and the balloon launch in "Tangled"). You may notice that I also love most animated movies!

I have sailed, as a radio officer on cargo ships, the Atlantic from Cape Town to North America, and the Indian Ocean from South Africa to Australia and Asia. I remember cyclone Gabrielle, ca. 1982, where we came so close to capsizing near Mauritius that I found myself almost hanging from a hatchway, looking down through a porthole toward the surface of the sea.

My favourite genre is SF and Fantasy, although I also read a lot of crime thrillers and may try my hand at a murder mystery one day. However, I will read practically anything. I am least fond of Horror and supernatural books of that ilk.

Less interesting information:

I am South African, born in Cape Town in 1958. I am married (1991, and still married, to Chantelle). We have four cats, which we inherited from the bush next door.

I prefer my books to be freely available to readers, so I follow a liberal policy on distribution.

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William Cook reviewed on May 27, 2020

Talk about a punch in the gut! This short, elegant story of grief and loss, beautifully articulated, caught me by surprise. I read the final paragraph through a veil of tears. Most highly recommended.
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DoloresMatthews reviewed on Aug. 21, 2017

To be fair, I read only two pages. You might like this better, and at least it's free.
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Michael reviewed on July 7, 2016

This very short story proves a good writer doesn’t need a lot of words to craft a powerful work. Readers who believe you need thousands upon thousands of words to be ‘invested’ in a character should try reading this emotional vignette. David Rose at his writing best.
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James Field reviewed on July 3, 2016

I find it difficult to comment upon this deeply moving story without imparting spoilers. Suffice to say it concerns the strong bond between a father and his teenage daughter.

The story is short, but packs a punch that left me feeling distraught. After reading this poignant tale, I am sorely reminded that we never stop worrying about our offspring and just how fragile life really is.

An excellent little piece, well done David Rose.
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