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It is 1831 when eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a naked baby girl abandoned in the snow on the grounds of her aristocratic family's magnificent mansion. Her parents are horrified that she has brought a bastard foundling into the house, but Aurelia convinces them to keep the baby, whom she names Amy Snow. Amy is brought up as a second-class citizen, despised by the Vennaways, but she and Aurelia are as close as sisters. When Aurelia dies at the age of 23, she leaves Amy 10 pounds, and the Vennaways immediately banish Amy from their home.
But Aurelia left her much more. Amy soon receives a packet that contains a rich inheritance and a letter from Aurelia revealing she had kept secrets from Amy, secrets that she wants Amy to know. From the grave she sends Amy on a treasure hunt from one end of England to the other - a treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. Ultimately, a life-changing discovery awaits...if only Amy can unlock the secret. In the end Amy escapes the Vennaways, finds true love, and learns her dearest friend's secret - a secret that she will protect for the rest of her life.
An abandoned baby, a treasure hunt, a secret. As Amy sets forth on her quest, listeners will be swept away by this engrossing gem of a novel - the wonderful debut by newcomer Tracy Rees.
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By laurie eller on 01-24-17
Don't miss out on this one.
Years ago I would take time to write a review for almost every. single. audible. book I would listen to, because that's just what you did. Take the time. These days however, I just don't have the time. Heck. I'm lucky to find time to get a shower before I head off to work.
That said, I must warn you about Amy Snow. I say WARN simply because this one caught me off guard. It warmed my heart in a way I haven't felt in a truly long time. It quietly swept in and kept hold of my attention to the point where I was sitting in my garage after a long days work, still listening to it even though I knew someone in the house had dinner on the table. It was that captivating. So much so, that I plan to listen to it straight away (as soon as I finish Florence Grace...that I'm listening to currently).
Do not miss out on this one. It's well worth your time. You will not be disappointed. :)
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By I like to shop on 07-09-17
Deserves more than 5 stars!
What made the experience of listening to Amy Snow the most enjoyable?
This book was absolutely a treat in every way imaginable! I am only disappointed that its over!! This story was different in that there was mystery, which we all enjoy, but it was...well.. a fun mystery I guess. The scavenger hunt that Amy was set on was to find out what Aurelia's secret was. How and why she was being sent to the different places was fun and interesting. I loved that after having only one experience of love and connection in her entire life, everywhere she went she found friendship, support and even love. I've read some reviews that complained that they were able to figure out what the mystery was halfway through. Well, my opinion on that is two things... Of course we were able to sort it out, at about the same time Amy was! Thats what happens...we figure it out. Also, I LIKE not being forced to wait until the last minute for clues and hints and guesses. I don't understand why the complaints. Also, we were treated to a last minute solved mystery. So we all got the best of both worlds!
What other book might you compare Amy Snow to and why?
I'm not really sure I can compare it to another book, however I can say I surprisingly enjoyed it as much as The Tea Rose. That book was also a pleasant surprise. The Tea Rose is a series of 3 so it was also nice that I didn't have to say goodbye like we do here.
Which character – as performed by Melody Grove – was your favorite?
Melody Grove did an absolutely fantastic job of really differentiating the characters! I enjoyed them all! I had never heard of MG before this, and I will look for her in the future to be sure!! I am really sitting here trying to think of all the characters and which I liked the most, but I genuinely liked all of her characters!!
Who was the most memorable character of Amy Snow and why?
Mama Vennaway. She was so incredibly hateful and unnecessarily cruel. The whole way through you just really hate her. Then, we get a little snippet about her suffering. As a woman, my compassion for that particular plight led me to feel empathy towards her. I still dont forgive her her behavior, but it just caught me off guard to feel so deeply for her pain.
Any additional comments?
I went into this book with hope, but very little expectation. I really enjoyed spending time with Amy Snow and learning about her life with Aurelia. I was at first bothered by the back and forth because I was impatient to know the things I wanted to know, but soon enough I settled down my impatience and just took the time to enjoy. I hope that Tracy Rees will continue to write, and I look forward to trying out more of her books. I believe she will be a huge author, one of notoriety, if she keep writing with such quality. I will also be looking for books by the narrator.
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