Amy Snow

S. & S. Jun. 2016. 576p. ISBN 9781501128370. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501128394. F
OrangeReviewStarAbandoned in the snow as a newborn, Amy Snow becomes lifelong friends with the little girl who saves her. It's 1831, and Aurelia Vennaway lives in a privileged and unhappy home with her perpetually hateful parents. When she rescues Amy, their lives are joined irrevocably. Upon Aurelia's premature death as a young woman, Amy is forced to leave the only home she's ever known. With a series of letters and the help of devoted friends, Amy follows a treasure hunt of sorts leading to the secret that Aurelia took to the grave. If this sounds pat, it's anything but. Amy is a delightfully spirited girl who grows into a sympathetic and wise young woman. English society life is charmingly (and sometimes damningly) drawn. The characters Amy meets along her journey are wonderfully done, and the puzzle at the center of it all will keep the pages turning.
VERDICT Winner of the UK's Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition, this is a hugely appealing tale of the endurance of friendship. With elements of romance, mystery, drama, and history, there's much here to love.
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