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Amy Snow

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  8,899 ratings  ·  880 reviews
Left to perish on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy has never known love, never known family.

Reluctantly given shelter at nearby Hatville Court, she is despised by the masters and servants alike.

The beautiful Hatville heiress, Aurelia Vennaway, is Amy's only advocate - she becomes the light of Amy's life, and the centre of her existence.

So when Aurelia dies young, Amy's world
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Paperback, 551 pages
Published April 9th 2015 by Quercus
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Stojka Miteva Amy's mother, Sophie, probably left her for a similar reason Aurelia left her baby. Not because she didn't love her, but probably because she thought…moreAmy's mother, Sophie, probably left her for a similar reason Aurelia left her baby. Not because she didn't love her, but probably because she thought Amy's life will be better if she do so, since she has nothing to offer. This is a personal opinion, since in the prologue lady Vennawey mentions that Sophie loved the child and that she was singing to it often. The father is unknown, and Amy will never meet him nor find out who he is. (less)
Stojka Miteva I am not surprised with how Amy turned out, but rather how the story ended (not in a bad way).

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Peter
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
Treasure-Hunt
Amy Snow is an adventure story with family relationships providing the intriguing dynamic. The plot is very interesting and a lot of questions are raised that you hope will be addressed in an intelligent and believable way.

Amy Snow if found as a baby on the estate of Hatville Court and is rescued and grows up a companion (soul-mate), to the heiress Aurelia. Amy isn’t however held in any affection by Aurelia’s parents, Lord and Lady Vennaway, but Aurelia is insistent on her remainin
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Deanna
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
4+ stars
Wow did this one surprise me. It's a solidly good book. Engaging, suspenseful.

I hoped for a decent light read with minimal fluff. With a hope like that I can also dread being aggravated to the point of abandonment by melodrama, predictability, or general silliness, and that staccato hammering on all the feels, for which I can generally feel nothing better than disappointed.

Turns out this historical romance is at least as solid on the historical interest and story suspense, and light on
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Jennifer
"It makes me laugh that women are permitted so few alternatives, and are then punished for resorting to the ones they have."

This is another one of those books that I've been sitting on for well over a year, and now that I've finally gotten around to reading it I could kick myself for not picking it up sooner.

Part Jane Austen, part Charles Dickens, and part "Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life," this novel is about a baby (Amy Snow) abandoned on the estate of an aristocratic British family. While
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Toni
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Shannon
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have to concur completely with a previous reviewer who said they had no idea why this book was getting such good ratings. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book; it's just not a good one. It's like toast without butter: dry without any flavor.

I didn't think Amy Snow was a compelling heroine in any way. She didn't interest me. She whined, she was boring, she simpered and fell in love (for no reason that I could fathom) with two different men. I was bored with her and done with her halfway thro
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Holly
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, netgalley
*4.5 stars

This was such an entertaining novel. I loved both Aurelia and Amy. Even though, they weren't sisters by blood, they were sisters of the heart and it warmed my heart to see Aurelia do everything that she could to save Amy. Aurelia's parents were awful! I just wanted to punch Aurelia's mother!! They were so mean to Amy. I was so happy when Amy set upon her treasure hunt that was set-up by Aurelia. Through this treasure hunt we were able to get to know Aurelia better through letters that
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Agi
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, favourite
I absolutely adore historical fiction, I love to imagine the rustling dresses, the wonderful clothes, corsets and curtseying and am always fascinated with the lives people led so many years ago. The premise to "Amy Snow" promised not only this, but much, much more, and let me tell you: this is a debut novel by Tracy Rees, but I would never in million years guess it, as this book is so complete, so brilliant, so thought through. It has wonderful characters, strong heroine, mystery, drama, and thi ...more
Lyuda
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian
A promising description of mystery, treasure hunt, and self-discovery turned into a slow and somewhat boring read.

An abandoned newborn is found naked and blue in the snow on an English estate by an eight-year-old daughter of the house, Aurelia. She insisted on keeping a baby against the wishes of her cold and heartless parents. And so, begins the life of Amy Snow.

After Aurelia’s early death, seventeen-year-old Amy embarks on a treasure hunt all over England based on letters Aurelia left for her.
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Pamela
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The prose for me was so lyrical, that I was completely immersed into Amy and Aurelia's story. I loved how Aurelia helped Amy become her own woman through the treasure hunt. After the way Aurelia's mother (and father eventually) treated Amy throughout her life, it was so nice to see Amy get the chance to show what a lady she really was and to finally have a happy ending.

This was a wonderful historical book that has love and romance (but no sex!), great characters, and settings. The way Amy had to
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Karen Mace
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Another engaging, emotional story from this author who is fast becoming one of my favourites with her quality of writing and storylines!

The story of Amy and her quest to find her place in the world was a fascinating one. From the moment she was born and found in the snow by Aurelia, she never really fitted in with others, but Aurelia was always there for her and vice versa. After the sad passing of Aurelia, it was obvious her family weren't going to endure her being
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Lisa Hall
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I was looking forward to reading this, after judging it by it's very beautiful cover and I wasn't disappointed. A sweeping historical tale of love and friendship, I loved the relationship between Aurelia and Amy, even though it felt a little one-sided in places (and reasons for that became clear eventually!). The story handles the relationship not only between Amy and Aurelia, but also between Amy and the other people she comes across when Aurelia has passed on, and it was interesting to read ho ...more
CL
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only like to read historical fiction when it involves a mystery. "Amy Snow" promised the mystery of how the newborn baby who becomes known as Amy Snow comes to reside in the home of the Vennaways and becomes a companion to their only daughter, Aurelia. After Aurelia dies at a young age of a heart defect she sends Amy on a “treasure hunt” based on letters Aurelia has left for her that will lead her to a series of different locations and will bring her in contact with different characters that w ...more
Renita D'Silva
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved this wonderful tale. Liked Amy, adored Aurelia but best of all I LOVED Mrs. Riverthorpe.
Jennifer
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed Amy Snow. Set in the 1800's, it is the story of 2 girls and told between past and present. Both through Amy and letters from Aurelia. The premise of the story reminded me of the styling of Kate Morton. Historical fiction, past and present, a family secret and the dead leading the living through letters.

Although there aren't any big surprises, about 1/2 through Aurelia's "secret" becomes evident, but the story
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Marla
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book! I really enjoyed spending time with Amy Snow and learning about her life with Aurelia. The scavenger hunt that Amy was put on to find out what the secret could be and why she was being sent to the different places was interesting. I really liked the character of Henry and how much he and Amy got along. Her time in Bath was pretty funny. Tracy Rees does a great job of telling a story that captivates the reader and draws them into the story and into the characters' lives so ...more
Pamela
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aboveboard, very much a good read! Historically rich and surprisingly enrapturing. Far more so than I at first presumed. Review to come . . .
Donna
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars. This is my first novel by this author and I will read more. I rounded up to 4 because of the overall enjoyment factor. I liked the tone of this historical fiction story. It started off great with a baby being found in the snow and brought home to be raised as a servant girl. This girl was Amy Snow. I liked Amy and I enjoyed her journey. I absolutely loved, loved Mrs. Riverhurst. She was hilarious. There were a lot of characters in this which usually is a negative for me, but the natur
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Kristina
May 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Amy Snow by Tracy Rees is about the journey of Amy Snow. In 1831, eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a baby in the snow outside her family home. Aurelia immediately wrapped up the naked and cold infant in her cloak and rushed into the house. Her mother was entertaining and was outraged that Aurelia would bring the child into the home. But considering her guests, Lady Celestina had to keep quiet. Thanks to the esteemed guests, the child was taken into the home (with stipulations) and placed in ...more
Kathryn
4.5 stars
Amy Snow by Tracy Rees is a debut novel that enthralled me from start to finish. It is set in England in early Victorian times, and while in one sense it merely covers a matter of months, it also goes back in time, so that we the reader are slowly fed all the details. This allows the mystery of the story to unfurl.

Aurelia Vennaway when she is a young girl of eight, discovers a baby blue with cold in the snow, yet still alive. And so begins the life of Amy Snow. Where she came from, who
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Faouzia
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I would like to thank NetGalley, the Publisher and author for this book.

It is definitely one of the most captivating books i read this year, so far.
The story starts when 8 years old Aurelia Vennaway, the daughter is one of the richest families, find a little baby abandoned in the snow, half dead. She insist on keeping her and baptize her Amy Snow.
Against everything, a deep friendship springs between these two girls, and the bond strengthen as Aurelia gets sicks and knows she only has counted yea
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Liz
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it

For those, who like historical fiction, this is an interesting tale about a baby found in the snow by the young daughter of the manor and the struggle to find her place in the world thereafter. Betwixt and between, neither servant or recognized as a family member. As Aurelia states “ I am not sure I have done you such a very great favor. I have made you… a misfit.” Amy ends up as Aurelia’s companion through a clever turn of events.

I always admire those that can carry the correct conversational
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Tracy
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a debut novel I think this book was fantastic! At times there was a bit much blah-blah, but the mystery kept you turning pages. It's a unique story and I really enjoyed all the characters. I enjoyed the setting of 1830s England very much. I liked how it ended and my faith in Henry was restored!

I haven't been able to find this author's other books on the Kindle but would like to read them...
Lady Delacour
Had such high hopes for this mystery
but, was left very disappointed.
Way too many clothing descriptions
that went on and on and on.......
Took away from the plot and left me board.
Story and narrator Melody Grove
were both just so so.
Clean Story.
Wendy
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written tale of friendship, heartbreak and surviving whatever life may throw at you.

In January 1831, a baby came into the lives of the Vennaway family of Hatville Court, but not in the traditional manner it would appear. The new born was not a bundle of joy and happiness, it was abandoned on the crisp, white snow of the grounds.

Amy had arrived, and her journey had begun. Her tiny form was discovered by the youngest member of the Vennaway household. If it wasn’t for a feisty, impet
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Leah
Amy Snow is that rare kind of novel that sneaks up on you completely unannounced and turns your world upside-down. The characters, the relationships (of all sorts), and settings were painstakingly created and instantly had me hooked. I immersed myself in Amy's world, sharing her joys and disappointments along the way. I'm floored that this is a debut, but you better believe I'll be reading whatever Rees does next (and I'm selfishly hoping the way won't be too long!) I'm finding it difficult to p ...more
Becky Courage
Jun 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
The idea of this book was promising, and I found myself flying through the first hundred or so pages. However, the 'mystery' quickly died out and the book became incredible boring. I found the characters of Amy and Aurelia to be blah and typical of these types of coming of age historical fictions. Other minor characters were more interesting than the two leads. Additionally, both love interests were terrible...Henry was pushy and needy and Mr. Garland was a creep.

The ending was absolute crap! I
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Mary Ronan Drew
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
When her only friend dies, Amy Snow finds herself, at 17, evicted from the only home she has ever known. alone and forced to play a treasure hunt game her friend has used to make it impossible for anyone but Amy to learn her secrets. As she moves from rural Dorset to London and experiences the social life of Twickenham and Bath, our eponymous heroine learns much about herself and others. The author makes no serious attempt to use 1840s language or manners (the characters call one another by thei ...more
Laura
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished this Audible book. Amy Snow is found as a baby in the snow by 8 yo Aurelia Vannaway. Amy grows up in the Vannaway home treated horribly by the parents and as a pet by Aurelia. When Aurelia dies of a heart condition, she leaves clues for Amy to follow to solve a great mystery. It was ok. I thought it would never get to the mystery. Sometimes it seemed pointless. All in all, I give it 2 1/2 stars
Deborah Swift
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Enjoyable undemanding read. The characters are appealing and the plot gallops along until the last third of the book which didn't quite live up to the rest - the denouement where we find Amy's history felt a little laboured. I also felt that the Victorian setting could have been exploited more. Nevertheless, this is a well-written book, definitely worth your time and money, and I would look for more from this author in the future.
Julie
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this Victorian story! It reminded me a little of a Kate Morton book, without the multi-generational plots. It actually starts off feeling a little like Jane Eyre on a treasure hunt, which felt a little ludicrous initially, but in the end it totally worked for me. The ending was predictable, but it was so fun to read, so I can forgive the author for that. Hope she writes more!
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Tracy Rees is a Cambridge graduate with a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages. After an eight-year career in nonfiction publishing, she worked as a counselor for people with cancer and their families. Amy Snow is her first novel. She lives in Swansea, Wales.
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