A complimentary advanced reader copy of this book was provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you!) My review was in no way influenced by this consideration.
When Amy Snow came to me, I really wasn’t sure what to think. It’s clearly historical fiction, but though the cover art reads romance, it’s billed as a mystery. More a gothic novel than anything else, it reads at times a little like Jane Eyre, but after not too long it takes on its own life. Amy is an orphan, found in the snow as an infant, and taken in by the child and heir living on a large estate. The mother of the house despises her, but the child, Aurelia, secretly dotes upon her. When Aurelia dies, years later, she sets up a scavenger hunt, of sorts, that leads Amy to unimaginable experiences, and possibly uncovering a great personal secret.
Amy Snow is Rees’ debut novel, published via a talent search on a UK television program. Once in a while, the quality of the writing is ever-so-slightly unpolished, but on the whole, I was impressed, and the plot swept me away, entirely. I wasn’t sure, at first, whether I would enjoy this book, but in the end I gave it four stars. It’s a fun little adventure, filled with sympathetic characters. Not bad for a first book.