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
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!
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.
The story was interesting, the characters were intriguing. The story was deep, profound and heartfelt.. I could not put it down. The narrator was one of the best I have ever heard.
non so far to compare it too. so well written,
Every scene, I have no favorites as the entire story kept me interested from the first page to the last..
Amy Snow, A.V. but every character had his or her place in the story..
VERY WORTH THE CREDIT
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!
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I loved this sweet, albeit a bit predictable, story. An interesting portrait of Victorian life. Finally family appropriate to listen too!
Love audio books; drive me to work and back; an ever changing road.
enjoyed this book thought it had a very original plot. the history aspect was well done and well researched
The treasure hunt, what's going to happen and why was she left in the snow?
Also, THANK YOU for the epilogue. I need closure, I do, just saying. It didn't have to be grand, but I did NEED to know. ;-)
"Most memorable?" IDK, but, I thoroughly enjoyed the bit when she was told to burn all your cloths, you wont need those anymore.
Sometimes the story doesn't give the reader 4 or 5 star worthy material. While I did enjoy the reader and her voice was perfect for Amy, the story didn't call for much differentiating. She was good. I gave her a 3; it's an underrated... rating.
Why must everything be a 4 or 5 to be positive? 3 stars is satisfactory and she was. I was pleased. But there is a difference between a 5 star rating, Davina Porter (the Outlander series), Simon Vance (the Vampire Lestat) and Kate Reading (the Witching Hour series), a 4 star rating, Nick Podehl (The Name of the Wind), Graeme Malcolm (Merrick) and David Pittu (Blackwood Farm), a 3 star rating, Melody Grove (Amy Snow), Paula Brackston (the Silver Witch) and Julia Whelan (the Midwife's Daughter) and of course, a 2 star rating, Jonathan Marosz (the Vampire Armand). I need to be more honest about my ratings. Sometimes the story doesn't give the reader 4 or 5 star worthy material.
Oh yes. I was surprised how damped/sad I felt when Amy read the very last letter. I was impatient and interested to know more about the secret and all that, but... then the reality of "no more," of "the last," of "everything going silent," snuck up on me.
In my admittedly limited reading/listening experience, this was an original story line. I enjoyed that aspect very much. If I knew I was dying relatively soon, and had the energy, I would want to send my favorites on such a treasure hunt. Who wouldn't?! What a great way to take control.
couldn't put it down lovely fictional light flowing reading. delicious characters great for sitting by the fire reading a book. or is that I did walking or doing household chores while listening to this well thought-out planned novel. learned quite a bit about Victorian society
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