Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow's Story of Love, Loss and Renewal

by Diane Dettmann

Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow's Story of Love, Loss and Renewal

Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow's Story of Love, Loss and Renewal

by Diane Dettmann

Published Aug 18, 2011
207 Pages
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs


Book Details


TWENTY-EIGHT SNOW ANGELS NAMED NATIONAL BEACH BOOK FESTIVAL AWARDS RUNNER UP! This memoir invites readers into Diane's personal experience of grief. Her honest story of loss reveals the daily struggles and realities of losing a loved one. Diane brings hope to others as she shares her loss story at local grief groups and organizations.  

Watch for the release of Dettmann's latest novel, Madison Cricket of The Valley, August 2020.

Scroll down to the bottom for information on all Diane's other books!


Book Excerpt

With the funeral over, I struggled to make sense out of my life. Deep in grief, even daily tasks presented major challenges.
An excerpt from Twenty-Eight Snow Angels, Chapter 6
During all our years together, John had handled the finances, balanced the checkbook and paid the bills. I just left the Visa slips on the desk and magically the balances were paid. As the bills and credit card statements rolled in after the funeral, I knew I had to face the piles on the desk in the computer room.

One night I poured myself a stiff brandy and decided to tackle the bills. It took me five tries to walk into the empty room. I pulled out the desk chair where John usually sat and shuffled through the envelopes. I ripped open the mortgage statement. When I flipped through the checkbook John’s handwriting jumped off the page. The phone rang and broke the silence in the room. I tried to wipe away my tears before I lifted the receiver. Al’s voice came on the other end of the phone. The minute I said hello, my brother-in-law knew something was wrong.

“Hey, Di, are you okay?”

"No. I’m really struggling with all the bills and paperwork that’s piling up.

“Di, just leave it for now. I’ll come down and help you sort things out tomorrow night. Once you get a system figured out, it’ll be easier.”

I wanted to handle everything myself, not bother others, but I gave in to Al’s offer. After I hung up the phone I stared at the open checkbook register in front of me. I picked up a pen. On the transaction line I wrote, “Sorry Sweetheart, I’ll try again tomorrow.” I slipped the checkbook in the desk drawer, shut off the light and crawled into bed.


About the Author

Diane Dettmann

Diane's historical novel, Courageous Footsteps focuses on two teenagers imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp during WW2. It won first place in the Pacific Rim Book Festival in the Young Adult category. The award-winning sequels, Yasu's Quest and On Liberty's Wings are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, on and her website. Diane's also the co-author of "Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants." She's presented her books at conferences locally and also in Finland and Canada. Diane was interviewed by Barry ZeVan, a legend in the broadcasting industry! View the interview on Youtube at
She has also written articles for "Women's Voices For Change" and the "Open to Hope Grief Foundation". Diane lives in Afton, Minnesota, where she enjoys spending time with her loving husband, Allan.

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Also by Diane Dettmann

Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants
Courageous Footsteps
Yasu's Quest
On Liberty's Wings


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