The day they were sent home early from school because of a threatening blizzard, Amy rode with the other pupils in Mrs. Rhys's van to where the road ended, but from there she had to trudge by herself through the driving snowflakes to the Gwyntfa, the gray stone cottage where she lived alone with her grandmother, Mrs. Bowen. Once home, Amy knew she was safe. With a well-stoThe day they were sent home early from school because of a threatening blizzard, Amy rode with the other pupils in Mrs. Rhys's van to where the road ended, but from there she had to trudge by herself through the driving snowflakes to the Gwyntfa, the gray stone cottage where she lived alone with her grandmother, Mrs. Bowen. Once home, Amy knew she was safe. With a well-stoked larder and plenty of oil for the lamps, her grandmother promised her they might even enjoy being snowed in. They liked each other's company and every night would sit one on each side of the fire, working at their patchwork quilt until it was time for a cup of tea and a game of Patience or Two-handed Whist before bed.
But on the day the snow began they never played their game of cards. They were interrupted by a grown from Amy's dog, a tremendous thump at the door, and an intrusion of such violence as they had never in their lives met before. Yet though there was no way of telling who their intruder might be, Mrs. Bowen somehow knew he meant them no harm; and in the four extraordinary days that followed, bringing intruders of a different kind, Amy discovered that her grandmother's instinct had been right.
Against the beautifully portrayed background of a Welsh hillfarm in winter, suspense mounts almost unbearably for Amy and her grandmother - and for the reader as well - as they face ruthless evil in this contemporary story superbly told by a distinguished writer....more
by Random House
(first published 1972)
I remember reading this book several times as a child. Probably the best review would be to confess that I would love to read the book again - now that I'm all grown up. That's partly because of the nostalgia for my childhood days, and partly because the book really captures a magic rural atmosphere and then draws the reader into a really thrilling plot.
My suggestion is to read it on a snowy day - I'm sure the reading will go on in the night as well :)
When Amy and her grandmother are snowed in by a blizzard in Wales, they expect to entertain themselves by listening to the radio and quilting. Instead, they are terrorized by an escaped prisoner and the men sent after him, and it is up to Amy to somehow make her way back to civilization to seek help - if she can survive the next storm.
I have never gone wrong with a Margaret K. McElderry Book.
This is one of my favourite books. There is something charming and beautiful about Emma Smith's style, and the dialogue is peppered with original expressions and phrases. I have read this book many times, and never grown tired of it. The characters are believable, and the plot, while straightforward, is gripping.
A good story, with only a little plot hole in the end. Good characters and pacing. I really would have LOVED this had I read it as a young girl! The heroine is quite resourceful, yet very believable. Definitely recommend for YA readers!!
What a gorgeous little gem of a book! The writing is refreshing, realistic and witty. The story builds up into a crescendo of drama, which gives you time to fall in love with the characters. I would recommend this book if you love reading about human relationships and interactions. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
EMMA SMITH was born in Cornwall in 1923 and was privately educated. In 1939 she took her first job in the Records Department of the War Office before volunteering for work on the canals; this gave her the material for Maidens' Trip (1948), which won the John Llewellyn Rhys MLibrarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.
EMMA SMITH was born in Cornwall in 1923 and was privately educated. In 1939 she took her first job in the Records Department of the War Office before volunteering for work on the canals; this gave her the material for Maidens' Trip (1948), which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. She spent the winter of 1946-7 with a documentary film unit in India and then lived in Paris and wrote The Far Cry (1949), awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the best novel of the year in English. In 1951 Emma Smith married and had two children. After her husband's death in 1957 she went to live in rural Wales; she then published very successful children's books, short stories (one of which was runner-up in the 1951 Observer short story competition that launched the winner, Muriel Spark, on her career) and, in 1978, her novel The Opportunity of a Lifetime. Since 1980 she has lived in Putney in south-west London.