Book Review: Amy Snow by Tracy Rees

I can see why Amy Snow is a Richard and Judy bestseller. It is such an enjoyable read; I devoured it in a few days!

What I liked most was that it was a refreshing, modern take on a Victorian novel. It may be set in 1848, but it isn’t bogged down with long descriptive passages or infuriating inequalities. The strongest characters are female, like the fiery, persistent and unstoppable Aurelia and Mrs Riverthorpe. Even Amy, who has grown up in the shadows, has explosive outbursts at injustices dealt to her.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Dickens, Austen or Gaskell novel. I love the Victorian era and genre. But Amy Snow was so much easier to digest!

At the start, it seems like it’s going to be a tale about Amy’s origins. Abandoned in the snow as a baby, Amy grows up not knowing where she came from or who her parents really are. Instead, the story takes a sudden turn as she receives her first letter from Aurelia – written before she passed away. Aurelia’s plea is for Amy to embrace life outside of Hatfield and to retrace her own steps a few years previous, to begin a journey of discovery.

And so it soon turns into a tale of revelations and relationships. I loved finding out Aurelia’s secrets, the truth unravelling one letter at a time. I was desperate to know more; to know everything. Along with Amy, I anxiously awaited each letter. Amy’s admiration for Aurelia certainly rubbed off on me. I became so invested in Amy’s emotional journey, as well as physical one, that I felt every moment of joy and pain.

Really, it is a tale of self-discovery; it’s about the person Amy is rather than who her parents are. Aurelia gives her the chance to explore different lifestyles and find out what she truly wants. As Amy is exposed to the world outside of Hatfield, she finally stops hiding, worrying, and pretending. She lets her guard down and new friends into her heart. She allows herself new pleasures and eventually learns to leave her bad memories where they belong; in the past.

Her memories, good and bad, drive so much of the storyline; they help piece together Aurelia’s puzzles so Amy can move forward with her quest.

One thing’s for sure, you will not forget the characters in this novel very quickly. They are simply wonderful; from the icy, heartless Mrs Vennaway and the warm, generous Wisters, to the excitable, bounding Henry and the wonderfully outspoken Mrs Riverthorpe. They are spiteful, sassy, kind and adorable. No shades of magnolia here!

Give it a go and see for yourself!

x Morts x

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