Thursday, December 19, 2013
Book Review: Snow Day
Author: Shannon Stacey; Jennifer Greene: Barbara Dunlop
Tucker's Point three-day forecast: stormy with a chance of romance. Prepare to be...
HEART OF THE STORM by Shannon Stacey
Brody Rollins is back in tiny Tucker's Point, Maine, for the first time in five years, and now he can't escape...from former neighbours, old regrets or maddening glimpses of his ex-fiancée.
SEEING RED by Jennifer Greene
Stranded at her grandfather's seaside cottage, Whitney Carr prepares to face the blizzard alone. But unexpected help soon arrives-in the form of her secret high-school crush.
LAND'S END by Barbara Dunlop
Tessa Ambroise is desperate to ditch the charming, infuriating hotelier circling her late aunt's century home like a vulture. But the snow piling up outside the mansion puts both their plans on hold.
When a child goes missing, this perfect storm of cramped quarters and freezing temperatures brings old flames and new acquaintances closer together...but will they go separate ways once the sky clears?
I requested this book from NetGalley in the hopes of snow in my neighborhood. I LOVE snow, and we have had a few snow-less winters in my area recently, so I have definitely been dreaming of a white Christmas. However, I probably wouldn't want as much snow as is in this book! Even I have limits of how much snow I can take.
The book is divided into three short stories by three different authors. All share the same theme: Old love rekindled during a three day long blizzard. I found the theme of rekindling an old romance more believable than instant love within that short time span, and I am sure this was a deciding factor for the authors as well. All the characters are snowbound in one place or another, and the obvious emergencies and disasters occur as well, including road accidents, power outages, a missing child, and fires.
Heart of the Storm by Shannon Stacey: Five years ago, the love of Delaney's life slipped out of town during the night, without even a goodbye. She has soldiered on, but has not found a love like the love that she shared with him. Now he is back, and while the same demons torment him, he finds that this time he can't say goodbye to Delaney again.
Seeing Red by Jennifer Greene: Whitney, like Delaney, suffered a broken heart from the boy she loved in high school. They had a plan for their future, and he bailed on them for reasons unknown to her. When Whitney's mother and sister read about a secret treasure in the attic of her grandma's house, they ask her to go and find it for them. It sounds like her mom and sister often make demands of her like this, and being used to it, she complies. Unfortunately, her visit coincides with a blizzard, and she becomes snowbound. And lucky for her, the man who broke her heart is on the emergency crew in charge of her neighborhood, and pops in when she is not expecting him. This story was full of good things and revelations, and was my favorite in the trio.
Land's End by Barbara Dunlop: If Seeing Red was my favorite story, Land's End was my favorite setting. A castle on the coast of Maine! What an amazing place to be snowed in at! The characters however were my least favorite. This time, the woman was the cause of the break up. Tessa breaks up with her fiancee Colton, no explanations given. Once her reasons are revealed, they are very weird! Tessa left Colton because she felt that he wanted someone perfect, and that wasn't her, although he had never said anything to give her that impression. He visits her hometown on a location scouting trip for one of his new resorts, with plans to buy her castle and childhood home and tear it down. And gets snowed in. They are forced to communicate with each other in an honest way, and to work through their issues.
Oh and that snow I wanted? I got it. Yay!