By Tracy Rees
Published by Quercus (9 April 2015)
Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy's only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discover awaits… if only she can unlock the secret.
I fell in love with the book Amy Snow. It's beautifully written, with the language and phrases used in the narrative and dialogue in keeping with the time period in which it's set. The story flows from beginning to end, making this fascinating book difficult to put down.
Amy Snow was discovered as a newborn by eight-year-old heiress Aurelia Vennaway. She was brought up on the grand Hatville Court Estate but is shunned by the household, especially Aurelia's parents. Amy has no idea who she is or where she came from. When Aurelia dies at a tragically young age, Amy is sent away by the family, seemingly with no money or possessions. But Aurelia has a surprised planned for Amy - even death can't destroy their friendship.
On reading Amy Snow, I felt like I was in middle of a period drama, living and breathing every scene. This would make an amazing television adaptation or even a film on the big screen. The story is full of life, with brilliant characters, vivid descriptions of people and places, secrets to unveil and an intriguing underlying story.
I really didn't want Amy Snow to end, and I envy anyone who gets to read this for the first time.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.