Winner of the UK's Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition, this pause-resistant debut novel follows an orphan whose late, beloved best friend bequeaths her a treasure hunt that leads her all over Victorian England and finally to the one secret her friend never shared.
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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The writing was exquisite the storyline kept you enthralled, and the imagery made you feel like you weren't there. The narrator made an amazing book even better. I plan on listening to this book again and I never do that. I was so sad when I turned the last page as I felt like I left friends behind. I love this book
it's the best way to spend a working day, and i'm thankful my job is one where i can listen to books all day long.
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. :)
Homemaker and retired homeschool mom. I love reading historical fiction with an inspirational message.
This story is sort of a "Downton Abbey meets Anne of Avonlea. " both of which I adored. It contains elements of a intrigue yet is a romance and a tale of rising from disadvantage. Definitely an uplifting story. The narrator is excellent as heroine but her male portrayals are decidedly feminine. :) Still she was not a distraction overall.
A must listen for lovers of historical fiction. A cozy novel that transports you to the inner world of a girl and her noble friend in Victorian England. Of hundreds of books, this is in my top ten.
Unique storyline, well written, AMAZING NARRATION! I really enjoyed this book and could find absolutely no fault with the performance by Melody Grove. I will look for more titles with her narration. I found the concept/story line fresh and interesting. Would recommend!
I thought Tracy Rees did a brilliant job on this book! It kept my interest all the way through, and I loved Melody Grove's narration, which was the perfect voice for Amy Snow; and her voice changes for the other characters were good and believable, as well. Very enjoyable!
I loved everything about this book! The story was so cleverly written with delightful narration as the reader's accent added so much to my enjoyment. I think I would have missed a lot if I had merely read the book. I loved the descriptive language of the author. I would definitely recommend this book!
What a beautiful love story, full of delightful twists and turns. I loved the way that Ms. Rees laid out the story. Such a delight! I've definitely become a fan.
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