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Secrets in the Snow: A Novel of Intrigue and Romance
     

Secrets in the Snow: A Novel of Intrigue and Romance

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by Michaela MacColl
 

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Jane Austen's family is eager to secure her future by marrying her off. But Jane is much more interested in writing her novels, and finds every suitor lacking—until the mysterious Mr. Lefroy arrives. Could he be the one? Before Jane can find out, she must solve a murder, clear her family's name, and face a decision that might cost her true love.

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Jane Austen's family is eager to secure her future by marrying her off. But Jane is much more interested in writing her novels, and finds every suitor lacking—until the mysterious Mr. Lefroy arrives. Could he be the one? Before Jane can find out, she must solve a murder, clear her family's name, and face a decision that might cost her true love.

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"Dynamic and engrossing."-Booklist
School Library Journal
10/01/2016
Gr 7–10—Nineteen-year-old Jane Austen—yes, that Jane Austen—finds herself entwined in some serious intrigue when the War Office suggests that her cousin, whose French aristocrat husband lost his head to the guillotine, might be engaged in traitorous activity against England. Jane is determined to get to the bottom of the situation, even if it means veering into unladylike territory. Adding to the drama, a gentleman studying the law has entered Jane's social circle—and all of her family members are eager to encourage a marriage match regardless of his condescending first impression. MacColl's fidelity to Austen's biography and family, with a bit of creative license woven in, results in a charming historical mystery. Her playfulness with Austen's voice is a delight, and she peppers the story with hints at characters and plot points from the author's oeuvre—nothing that distracts from the narrative, but tidbits that serve as inside jokes to readers who have already dived into her works. These elements more than make up for a somewhat rushed conclusion. Readers whose interest in Austen is piqued will enjoy the biographical back matter. VERDICT A solid addition for fans of cozy mysteries and literary reimaginings.—Amy Koester, Skokie Public Library, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452133584
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
10/04/2016
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
311,646
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Michaela MacColl studied multidisciplinary history at Vassar College and Yale University, which turns out to be the perfect degree for writing historical fiction. She lives in Connecticut.

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Secrets in the Snow: A Novel of Intrigue and Romance 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LauraFabiani 3 months ago
This was truly a delightful book! Based on the real lives of Jane Austen, her family and Tom Lefroy, author Michaela MacColl has written a cozy YA mystery novel that is sure to please Austenesque fans of all ages. Jane meets the mysterious Tom Lefroy to whom she becomes attracted just as she discovers a secret that could potentially ruin her family's reputation. How these two events in her life converge is the basis for this intriguing and romantic tale. The author builds a strong intelligent character in Jane, as any reader would expect from a fictionalized account of Jane Austen's life. We also have the flamboyant and refreshing cousin Eliza, who is suspected of treason by the War Office, and Jane's handsome brother Henry who is enamored with Eliza. Finally, the initially arrogant Mr. Lefroy is very Darcy-like in how he gets taken in by Jane and her intellect. Lovers of Jane Austen's literature will note how some characters and situations in this book hint at what Jane would go on to write in her future novels. For young readers unfamiliar with the Regency era or Jane Austen, this novel is a great way to introduce them to a literary icon. Jane's refusal of adhering to conventions and her moral integrity shape her character and her decisions in this book. I enjoyed the plot tremendously, however, the abrupt ending of Jane's romance with Mr. Lefroy and her lack of emotions about his choice left me a little cold at the end. She should have experienced some heartbreak for a man she would have considered as a future husband. Apart from this unimpassioned ending, this was a charming take on the life of a young sleuth Jane Austen. Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of this book. I willingly chose to read and post an honest review.