Amy Snow – Weekly Book Review Week 1

Amy Snow

I’ve started another reading challenge on Goodreads and the first book I read was Amy Snow by Tracy Rees.
I’ve challenged myself to read 45 books this year but after seeing how Cheryl, from Madhouse Family Reviews, did with her challenge, I decided to go and change my goal to 52 and try reading a book a week.

I don’t know if I’ll make it but I’m going to give it a good go!

Amy Snow by Tracy Rees

So onto my review.

I work on the book section in the charity shop 2 mornings a week. That’s where I came across this book. The cover stood out of the hundreds of books I deal with a week so I read the blurb.

Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy’s only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discovery awaits . . . if only she can unlock the secret.

I liked the sound of it so I bought it and gave it the husband to put away so one of the kids could give it to me for Christmas.

Two copies

I must have really liked the sound of this book because months later I came across it again and bought it, again. Because it had a different cover, I didn’t realise I’d already had it but to be fair I do read a lot of blurbs each week so I’m sure I can be forgiven for not realising!

I figured it was a sign that I needed to read this book first and I wasn’t disappointed. It took less than a week finish because I couldn’t put it down. It was a nice, easy read and made a change from all the Christmas fiction I’d been reading.

Amy and Aurelia are likeable characters. I found myself feeling the same as Amy as she went about her quest; I wanted to protect Aurelia and I hated her parents. The way Aurelia’s mother treated Amy was awful and I thought the way the author tried to justify her behaviour at the end was disappointing.

It was also a little disappointing that Amy figured out the secret half way through. I was looking forward to that feeling you get when you can’t wait to get to the end of the book to find out what happened but you also don’t want the book to finish. That feeling fizzled when I realised Amy was probably right with her suspicions.

I’ll be looking out for her second novel, Florence Grace when I’m working in the charity shop 🙂

Goodreads reading challenge 2017


  1. Acorn Books 5th April 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I wonder why the author chose to reveal the secret half way through instead of near to the end. Good luck with your reading challenge! #readwithme

  2. Suz 3rd April 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Good luck with you new reading challenge. The cover on your site looks nice. How annoying to buy the same book twice 🙂

  3. Catherine @ Story Snug 3rd April 2017 at 7:09 pm

    I hate knowing the ending too soon as well, it almost makes you feel you don’t need to read until the end :o(


  4. Sarah MumofThree World 3rd April 2017 at 12:56 pm

    This sounds like a good read, but always disappointing to have the solution too early. Because what is the point of the rest of the book after that?! Good luck with your mission to read 52 books this year! I think I managed 34 last year, which was a record for me, although I do also read 60 books a year for work which range from pre-school picture books to 500 page YA novels!

  5. chantelle hazelden 3rd April 2017 at 9:49 am

    I think America tend to get a lot of the best book covers, aways found it strange why books get so many different covers.

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