Happy Friday! Everyone's favorite day of the week. I thought I would change things up and review a Christian fiction book today (before I share more cozy mysteries with you). There are two new Amish fiction books coming out on September 6. They are The Wish by Beverly Lewis and The Hawaiian Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter. If you enjoy Amish fiction, you should check them out.
Amy Snow by Tracy Rees is about the journey of Amy Snow. In 1831, eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a baby in the snow outside her family home. Aurelia immediately wrapped up the naked and cold infant in her cloak and rushed into the house. Her mother was entertaining and was outraged that Aurelia would bring the child into the home. But considering her guests, Lady Celestina had to keep quiet. Thanks to the esteemed guests, the child was taken into the home (with stipulations) and placed in the kitchen (to sleep, live, and work). Aurelia named her Amy Snow (Amy after her favorite doll). Amy worked her way up in the household from kitchen maid (and sleeping in the pantry) to lady’s maid and then Aurelia’s companion. When Aurelia collapses outside one day, it was discovered that she had a heart condition. Aurelia seized a last chance to travel before she died and went away for a year. Aurelia sent Amy some letters, but she never included many details. Upon her return Aurelia’s condition deteriorated and Amy took care of her until she passed away at twenty-three. In Aurelia’s will she left Amy 10 pounds (this is British currency). Aurelia knew she had to be careful because of her parents (they would take it away from Amy). The next morning the local schoolteacher, Mr. Clay gives Amy a package and a letter. Aurelia is sending Amy on a treasure hunt one last time (they enjoyed them when they were younger). Aurelia knew her parents would not let Amy stay at Hatville Court once she passed away. They went through Amy’s belongings and threw her out that day. Amy follows the directions in the first letter and her adventure begins. What will Amy find at the end of the treasure hunt? What secret was Aurelia hiding from her parents? You will have to read Amy Snow to find out!
Amy Snow is a nicely written book, but it is extremely slow paced (and sentimental). We get to find out what life was like for Amy and Aurelia growing up in the Vennaway household (very different lives), what happened during Aurelia’s year of traveling, and Amy experiencing life outside the Vennaway household. I thought the story was predictable (it is a story we have read or heard many times). The author, though, does a good job of capturing the time period (Ms. Rees is a very descriptive writer). Tracy Rees gives the reader beautiful descriptions of the towns, homes and their furnishing, and the clothing worn by the people. I give Amy Snow 2 out of 5 stars (not for me). The story just dragged on too long and there was nothing unexpected or interesting to liven up the storyline. I did like the epilogue (when I finally go to it). The book is supposed to be a like mystery. Amy goes on the treasure hunt to find out what happened to Aurelia during that year. However, it is really no mystery. I think everyone will be able to guess the secret. I found Amy to be extremely naïve and gullible (as well as annoying). This novel was just not for me. I believe it would appeal to a younger audience (I probably would have enjoyed it more when I was a teenager).
Tracy Rees can be followed on Amazon and they will send you updates on her books. I received a complimentary copy of Amy Snow from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation. The comments and opinions are strictly my own.
I am currently reading Cindy Woodsmall's Fraying at the Edge. I hope all of you have a special Friday! You deserve it. I will be back tomorrow to review another book (either Amish Harvest or Season in Paradise whichever one I finish first). Take care and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader
(and Honest Reviewer)