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No job. No heat. The wrong shoes. The wrong clothes. Discover if true love can be far behind.
Imagine having always lived in Washington, D.C., and suddenly being stuck in Portland, Maine, for a year. With the pipes freezing---inside the house. And a husband who seems to have his eye on a hiking-booted L.L.Bean femme fatale rather than you. Not to mention the mother-in-law from hell who never fails to let you know that you leave much to be ...
No job. No heat. The wrong shoes. The wrong clothes. Discover if true love can be far behind.
Imagine having always lived in Washington, D.C., and suddenly being stuck in Portland, Maine, for a year. With the pipes freezing---inside the house. And a husband who seems to have his eye on a hiking-booted L.L.Bean femme fatale rather than you. Not to mention the mother-in-law from hell who never fails to let you know that you leave much to be desired.
That's Sophie Quinn's life. Lucky for Sophie (an unassertive type who's always favored daydreams over day planners), her new life is about to throw in her lap some weird and valuable opportunities to trample down her fears and transform her prospects for happiness. And true love just might come knocking on her door....
For any woman who has ever had to confront the landlord about the heat, for any woman who has ever longed for impractical shoes instead of sturdy winter boots, for any woman who has ever been in the wrong place at the right time, Snowed In will have you laughing, crying, and rooting for Sophie Quinn.
1. Is Paul a sympathetic character in any way? How would the novel be different if told from his perspective? Sophie tells her sister Delia on page that Natalie suits Paul "in every way better than I do." Is Paul the real villain of the piece, or simply a mixed-up guy who realizes that he has made a mistake fairly early in his marriage?
2. The book presents a "glamorous and super-competent" career woman figure (Sophie's friend Marta) and an "office schemer" -- the pert, and conniving Natalie. How are Natalie and Marta foils for Sophie and Sophie's approach to career and romance? How are Marta and Sophie's sister Delia foils for each other?
3. How does Sophie's search for a true vocation relate to her search for real love? Does Sophie's search for meaningful work propel her relationship with Ned, or vice versa?
4. Did you feel regret when Sophie turns down a second chance at love with Rory? Sophie says, "I could picture the night [with Rory], how good it would be. I just couldn't see farther....I could not picture SETTING OUT with Rory." What does Sophie mean by this observation? What do you think are Rory's true feelings for Sophie?
5. Pepper Stoddard is a classic figure of comedy: the difficult mother-in-law. Is Pepper believable, and could Sophie have handled her more adroitly for a different result? Do you foresee Natalie getting along with Pepper more amicably than Sophie has, or would Pepper be critical of ANY daughter-in-law?
6. At what point in the book does Ned realize his feelings for Sophie? Why doesn't Ned declare himself sooner?
7. Sophie's feelings about the city of Portland, Maine, change over the course of the book. At the end of the novel, what image of the city is the reader left with? Is the city meant to be portrayed as a true-to-life locale, or should it be seen by the reader as more of a reflection of Sophie's mental and emotional state?
8. How does Donald help Sophie take a stand for herself? Did you feel Donald grew and changed through the course of the novel or is it Sophie's reaction to Donald that changed?
Posted December 26, 2005
Sophie Quinn has been married to Paul for about a year. She has always lived in the D.C. area, but Paul's work transfers him to Portland, Maine, for a year. She can do her work anywhere. It is all via computer, so that is not a problem. ................... Sophie soon finds herself in a residence where the heat refuses to work, no vehicle to get around in, no friends close by, and Paul is seldom home. She joins a walking group just for a bit of exercise and some human company. This is where she meets Stephen and Ned. ................ Good thing Sophie now has some friends, because Paul's eyes are zooming in on a co-worker. Worse, Paul's holier-than-thou mother is coming to, once again, show Sophie how inferior she is. .................. *** I found this to be a good book, but nothing wonderful. It is realistic, but Sophie is just too shy and timid for me to believe. In the back of the book there is a page useful for Reading Groups. .................... The most impressive part, for me, is when the author mentions that the people who surf in the waters wear wetsuits for protection against the water's icy temperatures. Most people think that 'beach' equals 'warmth'. Not in places such as Maine and Alaska. Very good addition. ***Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2004
I stumbled on 'Snowed In' at the library in the new release section, read the inside cover and thought it looked pretty good. I was not disappointed. The beginning was a bit slow, but after the first chapter or so, I couldn't put it down. It was obvious that Paul and Natalie were having an affair, but Bartolomeo keeps the reader in suspense as to when and how Sophie finds out. I was disappointed, though, that Paul and Natalie didn't get more of a 'come-uppance'. They did their cheating & lying, caused Sophie much pain and humiliation and then walked off into the sunset. Even though things do turn out well for Sophie, an Epilogue showing Paul & Natalie in a 'not so perfect' marriage (like they were so sure they were going to have), would have been the icing on the cake for Sophie -- a well earned treat for her. In fact, this is the only reason why I rate this four stars instead of five. I was very disappointed at how Bartolomeo let those two off so easily after what they had done.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2004
Three months ago freelance artist Sophie accompanied her husband Paul when his job caused him to relocate from Washington DC to Portland, Maine. After the hustle and bustle of the big city with the Metro to get around, the unlicensed Sophie finds the solitude disturbing. With so much time on her hands to brood and no place to go, Sophie worries that her spouse¿s new assistant bubbly yet effective Natalie seems to get more of Paul¿s attention and admiration than his wife receives from him.................................... Depressed, Sophie several times calls her sister and her best friend, but neither lifts her from her doldrums while her mother-in-law Pepper adds spice to Sophie¿s already churning stomach. Desperate to get her mind off of her concerns Sophie joins a local walking club where she meets Ned who struggles with his own going nowhere relationship with a geographically distant girlfriend........................ This engaging character study looks at how a geographical change can impact relationships. Sophie goes from having no time to complete anything to having too much time causing her to brood and fret. The story line fully focuses on Sophie who holds the tale together while the rest of the cast predominantly relate to her. Her relationship with Pepper is a classic; while that with her spouse has deteriorated rather quickly as she feels he has moved on to being a rugged New Englander with a captivating snowbird assistant while she is turning into a boring SNOWED IN transplant failure. Fans of deep family dramas will appreciate the wry humorous asides inside the serious subject of the impact of relocating on marriage....................... Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
At Hughes Community College in Texas, President Fieldstone is upset with English Literature Professor Sally Good because the instructor¿s deceased husband happened to be related to the Salem witch Sarah Good, declared a witch over four hundred years ago. However, with the assault on the Potter books and a bond referendum on the ballot box pertaining to the college, Fieldstone worries that the nebulous link will reflect badly on the school in the eyes of its conservative donors and voters............................... Irritated over the absurdity of the situation, Sally next learns from Jack Neville that former English Professor Harold ¿The Garden Gnome¿ Curtin was murdered. Sally as the English chair forced Harold to leave because he treated students like ¿ants in his domain¿. Sally also finds out that the Internet, home of misinformation, has informed local voters that Professor Sally Good is Witch Sarah Good using her powers of evil to probably kill the Gnome. To avoid burning at the stake by Fieldstone, Sally must uncover who killed the disliked professor............................. At first brush, readers will think along the lines of Sally that the hoopla over her indirect link to a four century dead in-law is ridiculous. However, Bill Crider lampoons the misinformation and disinformation that flows as freely as information on the Internet into a solid rumor spreading mechanism that paints quite a picture. The heroine realizes she must clear her name by finding the culprit; she may not be dealing with dark forces, but this is worse as she struggles with the Internet and Fieldstone. Mr. Crider provides a terrific academic amateur sleuth that satirizes the Internet at a time when the presidential race depends on disinformation................................ Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.