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3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,310 Ratings  ·  114 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 cha

Kindle Edition, Harlequin Super Romance, #1454, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2007
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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)
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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Dixie-lee Campbell
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
Dec 27, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 11, 2016 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, it was a perfect book to read around Christmas time and it wasn't the same ol' plot line of just getting snowed in somewhere with a cute guy. I agree with one of the other reviewers that she did an amazing job writing this book and the addition of the teens brought humor to a book that was actually pretty deeply involved with the character of John in the aftermath he was dealing with from coming back from war. It sounds like most people got this book as a freebie online and ...more
Nov 01, 2009 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Shallow characters & predictable. Free download on my kindle so read it in two days.
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
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
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.
Sep 10, 2012 CS rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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♡ 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 &
Jun 09, 2013 LadyCalico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Stephanie Haefner
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Jun 07, 2014 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"This was such a disappointment. I picked it up from since they had it free if you had an iPod or a Kindle and it was on the top of the list for supposedly being so good. But ehhh. =0P"

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Patty Beaty
Mar 05, 2014 Patty Beaty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good story, well written with lovable believable characters. Ms. Johnson has those kids down to perfection. I've known kids just like what she's described here. Love the way the teacher turns everything into a learning experience. The main characters as well are well written with excellent descriptions of their pasts and their fears. I would recommend this book to anyone. I couldn't put it down till I was done!
Teacher Fiona MacPherson and eight students are traveling through the Cascade Mountains when a blizzard hits. They seek shelter at Thunder Mountain Lodge. Their host is John Fallon, a war veteran haunted by secrets and scar that may never heal.

Interesting story. The hero has to fight to overcome his post tramatic stress disorder before he can build a life with the heroine. My rating: 3.5 Stars.
Jackie Lane
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
Very nice romance -- characters you easily care about, a wealth of quirky supporting characters, and a relationship that doesn't happen so rapidly that its unbelievable. The old chestnut of the couple trapped at a remote location and out of communication is handed well, with the twist being that 8 high school students are also trapped with them at the same time. I'll have to watch for more by this author...I'm impressed.
Aug 25, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 01, 2008 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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