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3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  1,365 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
When a blizzard strands Fiona MacPherson and her students in Oregon's Cascade Mountains, their only hope of survival is to seek shelter at Thunder Mountain Lodge. Their host is John Fallon, a handsome, enigmatic war veteran haunted by secrets and scars that may never heal.John Fallon never imagined he'd be playing host to this captivating teacher and her eight teenage char ...more
Paperback, Harlequin Super Romance, #1454, 281 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Harlequin Books (first published November 2007)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Snowbound was a very pleasant read. I liked the snowed-in aspect with Fiona, who was a teacher who coached a high school trivia team, and John, an Iraqi war veteran who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. I loved and felt for John. I mostly liked Fiona, but I didn't like the way she handled John's issues. She was bulldozing him into dealing with his PTSD. I didn't like the ultimatum she delivered. She seemed to think he was supposed to all of a sudden become an open book. It doesn' ...more
This book had an interesting premise - wounded hero suffering from PTSD - but it failed to grab me. I just couldn't "connect" with either John or Fiona, and that's bad when I'm reading a romance. Plus, too much time was "wasted" on endless scenes with Fiona's students, and I couldn't care less about their teen drama. This was almost a DNF for me, but I stubbornly persevered because I wanted to see how John would finally heal. Well, the HEA was quite realistic, I'll give you that, but it was as e ...more
Beanbag Love
Dec 21, 2009 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
This was a Kindle freebie (still is, I believe) and is a surprisingly nice read, even though serious PTSD is a main topic.

I wasn't expecting much when I downloaded it and I took months to finally read it, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. If nothing else, it has me dying to go to a lodge in the mountains and sit in front of a roaring fire.

John and Fiona are a nice couple. He's a veteran of Iraq, wounded both inside and out. Fiona is a teacher, stranded in a blizzard with eight teenagers at his mou
Sep 29, 2009 Bill rated it really liked it
This was a free e-book offered by Harlequin and free is a very good price. It is about a teacher who is returning to Portland, Oregon from Redmond with six high school kids when she is caught in an early winter snow storm in the Cascades. They take refuge at a lodge owned by a reclusive Iraqi war veteran who is trying to recover from post traumatic stress disorder. This is a straight forward romance but it is good enough that I enjoyed it and even gave it four stars. And I liked that it is set i ...more
Feb 07, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it
The more I dig into modern category romance, it seems, the better the books get. Book four was good, and so is this, book five, which is from the SuperRomance line. I read this one in one sitting.

A read of the bookjacket blurb brought the 1964 movie Father Goose to mind: man living in isolation is lumbered with a teacher and her schoolchildren, and as they struggle to survive and get the teacher and her charges where they need to be, the hero and the schoolteacher fall in love. And except for
Feb 07, 2010 Misti rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This was a cute, easy read. Normally I stay far away from contemporary romance, but this one was being given out for free as part of a Harlequin promotion so I figured I'd give it a try.

It's a nice little story and I really did love all the characters with the exception (unfortunately) of the hero, who just. didn't. get it. He's got some issues but they shouldn't be insurmountable, instead, he lets them get between himself and the heroine.

I liked that we did get to see the story from both main
Christina (AKA Babbling)
Oct 19, 2013 Christina (AKA Babbling) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Teacher Fiona MacPherson and eight of her students are returning from an academic competition when they are stranded in the Cascade Mountains by a November snowstorm. The forecasters misjudged the speed of the storm, and Fiona had expected to be home long before it was supposed to start. Fortunately, one of the students recognizes a half-buried sign that marks the road leading to Thunder Mountain Lodge.

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Updated: 19 October 2013
Dec 27, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, e-book
I usually don't read Harlequins because they tend to lack substance and intensity. I really enjoyed this one, though. The story was good, I liked the heroine - Fiona - a lot, and her romance with John moved at a believable pace. It had emotion and passion and they worked their way through their issues in a way that was real.
Nov 01, 2009 Monica rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Good idea for a story - it left alot to be desired for me. Slow, uninteresting characters... I've even forgotten most of the book.
Michelle Heid
Dec 29, 2009 Michelle Heid rated it it was ok
Shallow characters & predictable. Free download on my kindle so read it in two days.
Kiki Belle
Nov 28, 2016 Kiki Belle rated it it was ok
I think this book would have worked a lot better if it were longer and if the main characters spent more time together. As it was, they kissed a couple times, saw each other over Christmas, fought, and she left. Then we basically skip three months, his sister forces him to go to therapy, they make up. No time is spent building up the romance but it was cute enough.
Dec 31, 2016 Velocity rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
Cute for a freebie. Decent portrayal of PTSD. Could have done without the teen students drama.
Sep 10, 2012 CS rated it liked it
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Contemporary blizzard snowbound story with a teacher and her students at a mountain lodge owned by a hot single guy... As if! I would have to wonder around in the mountains during the storming winter, which will never happen because I do not like the cold, but I do love hot tasty single men!
Back to this story where Miss Fiona MacPherson is on a routine field-trip with her Hi-Q club of 8 teenagers. She makes a mistake by taking a difficult mountain pass while a cold front comes in quickly, too qu
Lord Rose
It's amazing how fast technology can date a book. There were eight rich teens, and only six had cellphones, and flip ones, at that. And then I realized this book was published in 2007, before the iPhone. (Although in 2007, I'd still expect every one of them to have a cell phone.) It seems so strange now to remember how things were before smartphones. (I'm typing this right now on my iPhone, in fact.) If this book were written today, likely the only activities that would occur: every teen sitting ...more
A high school teacher and the students on her quiz bowl team are caught by a snowstorm and are stranded at an isolated inn owned by an equally isolated Iraq war veteran. In a matter of days, the entire group grows closer, Fiona and John most of all. I found this a warm, believable read about what people need in order to truly connect with each other. (Spoiler alert: good communication, honest listening and honest speaking, is key.)

John, struggling with PTSD, is the focus of change in the story.
Ellen (more books, please)
I started this on a 1.5-hour plane trip. I figured I would enjoy it and keep reading or forget it by the time the plane deboarded and go on with my life. I am not a huge fan of the Harlequin categories generally, but every now and then I hit a good one. And this one is making me want to do a major glom of this author's work.

I kept reading. I so enjoyed it.
The writing was wonderfully evocative of feelings. You could feel the physical and mental pain of the protags, the machinations they went thro
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
This book was ok. It took me a long time to get through, but it was worth the read.

This has a lot more story than romance, but it was a god thing the story was good. You will be completely educated about PTSD when you finish this book.

A teacher becomes stranded in a snow storm with 8 teenagers on the way back from a school knowledge bowl competition. They end up at a lodge with the lone owner who suffers from PTSD & that's where the story started. It veers off to dealing with teenagers &
Dixie-lee Campbell
Oct 09, 2015 Dixie-lee Campbell rated it it was amazing
A wonderful romance story with the sad reality of side effects of the war in Iraq for a young man. He seeks refuge and time to heal. ... then unexpectedly on route heading home through the mountains a young teacher and her eight high school students get snowed off the narrow treacherous road. Luckily they are able to seek out refuge at a Mountain Lodge .... with John Fallon the Inn Keeper. He takes all in stride at most times... well maybe ..... sometimes... challenges, teenage angst and mixed e ...more
Jun 09, 2013 LadyCalico rated it really liked it
This was a mindless but entertaining pink fluffy confection of brain candy. Was I expecting anything else? No, so I wasn't disappointed. I am a sucker for "snowbound" books where two strangers deal with the problems and inconveniences that arise while trapped by a blizzard, flood, nuclear war, zombie apocalypse, whatever, and try to remain affable while making the best of the situation, and as a result, love grows. The problem with these stories is who else gets thrown into the mix to bridge the ...more
Stephanie Haefner
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Jackie Lane
Oct 19, 2009 Jackie Lane rated it liked it
This is a HEA book.

This book centers around Fiona MacPherson, or Ms. Mac as her students call her. She is on her way home from a Knowledge Competion with her students and a snow storm moves in faster than expected. After driving in the blinding snow, they seek refuge in a Lodge owned by John Fallon, a former Iraq war vet who is suffering from PTSD and has a visible scar and limp, which the author did not overdo or make it the root of the book.

After the students and Ms. Mac are rescued the book t
May 11, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Book #51 of 2009

This was quick, and a cute read. Again, as with the other book I've read via the Kindle App, it doesn't seem like I really read a book. I thought the premise was interesting, and there's just something about being stranded in the snow that seems hopelessly romantic, even if you're stranded with a bunch of teenagers. I thought that John's PTSD from Iraq was pretty believable, if not entirely fleshed out due to the type of book this is. Overall, a cute a good way to spend an evenin
Aug 25, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
When teacher Fiona MacPherson and eight teenage students are caught in a heavy snowstorm, they seek shelter a Thunder Mountain Lodge. Due to the storm, the lodge has no guests, so lodge owner John Fallon can’t do anything but welcome them despite the wounded Iraq veteran’s longing for solitude. As the storm rages on, the teenagers are having fun, as it seems like a winter holiday, although John has his hands full with cooking, cleaning and laundry for ten people. Fiona makes sure the kids take t ...more
Shameeka Alexis
This is another free read offered by Harlequin to celebrate their 60th anniversary.

The book was not bad- I liked it.

It was definitely an emotional read – the PTSD issues John dealt and his pain.

He was a good man, strong and caring, but unable to deal with the events of his past.
He has flashbacks and nightmares, and instead of trying to get help, he shut himself off and hoped hard work, solitude and time would heal him.

I wasn't very impressed by Fiona, though.

She was actually a very well drawn
Jul 15, 2009 Audra rated it liked it
As part of Harlequin's 60th anniversary, they are offering several free ebooks for download. I've read about half of them so far, ditched a couple two pages in, and recommended one to my mom.

This is a pretty standard Harlequin romance - high school teacher gets caught in snowstorm at remote mountain inn owned by mysterious scarred war veteran - but the author can keep her tenses straight and knows how to spell. In addition, the book is populated by 8 high school students who were snowbound with
Becky Frost
Oct 16, 2013 Becky Frost rated it liked it
So, I was just saying to my husband that I wanted to go somewhere in the middle of no where....get away from politics, opinions, cell phones and the Internet. Then I told him that I wanted a very light read. I don't know how this book appeared on my e-reader, I really don't. I do not remember purchasing it or borrowing it, but when I did a sort by "not read," this book filtered to the top and not knowing what it was I started to read it. I really enjoyed getting away without cell phones and Inte ...more
Sep 01, 2008 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Maybe it's because I have fairly low expectations for Harlequin romances, but I loved this book. It was what a romance should be: unusual meeting, quick sparks, love, separation, reunion. Everything was there. didn't feel formulaic. I loved these characters, Fiona and John. I rooted for them, even though I knew they would be together in the end. I cried for John's challenges as he tried to come to terms with his experiences in Iraq and I understood Fiona's doubts. There was a complexity ...more
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Janice Kay Johnson is the author of sixty books for children and adults. Her first four published romance novels were coauthored with her mother, also a writer who has since published mysteries and children's books on her own. These were "sweet" romance novels, the author hastens to add; she isn't sure they'd have felt comfortable coauthoring passionate love scenes!

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