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Overview

A dependent girl without money or status has few options in Victorian England, and sixteen-year-old Charlotte Campion-who knows little about the world beyond her stultifying vicarage childhood-is no exception. But when her grandfather arranges to have her marry a man who repels her, Charlotte determines she must find not only excitement in her life, but freedom, too.

In an engaging novel of adventure and romance, K. M. Peyton presents a cast of fully-realized, finely-drawn characters who choose not to be bound by convention. As they hike in the Swiss Alps and restore an English country estate, they confront British class divisions, fall in and out of love, grow older, have a marvelous time, and become life-long friends. Readers will feel so welcomed into this family of characters and intrigued by their era that they will not want the story to end.

Desperate to see the world beyond her grandfather's vicarage, sixteen-year-old Charlotte convinces her older brother to take her along on a mountain-climbing trip to Switzerland, where her life becomes intertwined with an assortment of people in Victorian society.

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Children's Literature - Catherine Petrini
To escape an arranged marriage, Charlotte, a bright, imaginative teen in Victorian England, accompanies her brother and his friends on a mountain-climbing trip to Switzerland. Deep down, she knows she cannot return to her dull, sleepy village. But she has no idea how profoundly the adventure will change her life. The members of the expedition become closer to her than family. These well-rounded and interesting characters include the wealthy, charismatic Milo, who desperately loves a married woman twice his age; Phyllida, an intelligent, razor-sharp Oxford student who pines away for the unsuspecting Milo; a Swiss mountain guide named Casimir, who steals Charlotte's heart; and red-haired Mar, a brash Irishman with a dark secret in his past. Back in England, the group sets up housekeeping together in an amusingly unorthodox arrangement that solves the problem of Charlotte's future, at least temporarily. Through the course of the book, she climbs mountains both physical and emotional. She falls in love more than once, copes with loss, and learns that she's capable of things she never dreamed of. Charlotte's story is funny, tragic, romantic, and suspenseful; author K.M. Peyton makes readers care what happens to the heroine and her friends.
VOYA - Alice F. Stern
Sixteen-year-old Charlotte, growing up in Victorian England, feels stifled living in her grandfather's vicarage. Horrified by her grandfather's plans to marry her off to someone she despises, Charlotte begs her older brother, Ben, for help. Ben arranges for Charlotte to accompany him and his university friends on a hiking trip in Switzerland, where Charlotte experiences freedom and love-or at least infatuation-for the first time. After such an intoxicating experience, Charlotte cannot bear to return to her vicarage life, and instead joins the rest of the group at a run-down country estate belonging to their leader, Milo. Taking on proper servant roles to fool family and villagers, in reality they are just a group of young people living together commune-style, forming friendships and attachments. Charlotte finds herself falling in love with Milo, who is involved with an older, married woman whom none of the group likes.

This is an engrossing novel filled with romance, personality, and emotion. The lives of the characters are unusual for the setting, which adds a layer of depth and cleverness to the story. Those who are attracted by Victorian tales but wonder what really goes on behind the mannered fronts will find this novel fascinating. The feelings of love, infatuation, friendship, and irritation between the characters are universal to teenagers. Charlotte is an appealing heroine, and the other characters are well-developed individuals. The ending, where loose ends are tied up years later, is satisfying. This title is a good choice for historical fiction or romance fans.

VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Charlotte Campion has never been anywhere except for her elderly grandfather's vicarage in Edwardian England. As she blossoms into a lovely young woman, Grandfather thinks it best that she marry his pale, languid curate. Desperate to escape, Charlotte convinces her brother Ben, home from Oxford, to take her with him on a climbing party to Zermatt. Thus begins this absorbing tale, both romantic—because of its shifting secret loves—and Romantic because of its intense longings (sehnsucht) and its sense of Nature as reflection and personification of human emotions. Under the spell of the majestic Alps, Charlotte meets magically ideal Milo (but lusts after their Swiss guide Casimir), while joining a group of young men and women whose lives become entwined with hers. For various reasons, none of them can or wants to go home, so Milo's offer of living on his dilapidated estate and helping restore it seems the perfect solution. Charlotte becomes deeply involved in the passions of her friends, participating in a dangerous escapade, confronting a frighteningly possessive older woman, even surviving a surprise visit from the Prince of Wales. Peyton's characters are deftly developed; the settings in both England and Switzerland are hauntingly realized. Readers of all ages who love historical fiction and romance will find this tale of Charlotte's search for freedom, love, and icy Alpine adventure hard to put down. Peyton has written "What happens at the end of this book is a true story, the old lady meeting her young lover in the ice."
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Cardboard characters play out this contrived melodrama set in the 19th century. Sixteen-year-old Charlotte is desperate to avoid an arranged marriage to Hubert Carstairs, her vicar grandfather's curate. She enlists the help of her older brother, Ben, an Oxford student who is well connected with high society, in devising an elaborate scheme to escape her cloistered existence in England. The adventure takes Charlotte mountain climbing in Switzerland with a group of Ben's friends. Though Peyton's imagery and detailed descriptions of the Alps and the challenge of the sport are excellent, they cannot make up for a convoluted plot. In Switzerland, Charlotte becomes involved with a group of young people whose lives could not be more different from her own. This creates the attraction as she falls in and out of love. The interactions among the characters are superficial and everything happens too conveniently to be believable or to inspire any emotional response. The first person Charlotte has a passion for turns out to be married. She later becomes attracted to Milo, Ben's friend who is having an affair with a married 48-year-old woman whose sudden death clears the way for the clearly predicted love between the two. The deftly described accident that begins the book does pull readers in, but the flashback that follows does not sustain the intensity. Obvious foreshadowing sets up every twist in the plot, including the "surprise" that brings readers back to the present. This is a disappointing selection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618737420
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/13/2006
  • Edition description: Reprinted Edition
  • Pages: 343
  • Age range: 12 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award, K.M. Peyton is the author of many well-loved novels for young readers. Ms. Peyton lives in Essex, England.

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  • Posted January 6, 2009

    Beautiful!

    I thought this book was beautifully written. I was afraid in the beginning that it would be very boring but it pleasantly surprised me. The quality of writing is impeccable and the story is a wonderful one about growing up and falling in love! I completely fell in love with Snowfall and it is a must read for those who love romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2008

    Great Great Book

    Snowfall made me want to read it over and over. And I did! It was so good that it grasps you in. I want there to be a movie of it. I want to see Mar and of course MILO!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2007

    Snowfall

    Very good book! the beginning was pretty boring so i'm glad i'm a fast reader cause the middle and ending is what makes this book fantastic! i recommend this book to all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    Is this book even worth reading? i am ready to bore myself to death...im on page 30 and ready to give up.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    A delightful read.

    In the beginning Snowfall was absolutely the dumbest book ever. I was considering about putting it down and moving on to a new book, but I'm glad I didn't. The ending was so good and so sad. I almost cried. I love Snowfall!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2007

    GREAT BOOK!

    I absolutly loved this book. I recomend it to anyone who enjoys reading old fasion romance novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Simply Amazing.

    This was quite literally the best book I have ever read. People used to ask me what my favorite book was and I would reply, ' I don't really know, I have many.' But now I don't have to say that anymore. I think that the ending was amazing, it was perfect for the story and I almost can't believe I didn't see it coming. I would fully reccommend this book to anyone. Though I will say when I started reading it I thought it rather dull for the first couplle pages, I am glad that I stuck it out and got through those pages. If you read this book you will certainly not be sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    Are you kidding?

    This book is ridiculous. The plot does not fit with the time setting at all. If I wanted some lame drama in my life, I would have watched Laguna Beach. There are so many dumb love triangles in this book, that I figured there had to be a decent ending, but no, that was disappointing too. My advice, read something else worth your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2005

    one in a thousand

    I've read ALMOST a thousand books, and this is the only one that's ever made me cry. Despite what others say about it's ending, I find it great. In my opinion, good things never last. Milo was just too perfect. This book could be very girls dream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    DO I need one?

    THis book was absolutley riveting! It had everything in it from unrequited love to mountain climbing adventure. The characters in the story were all lively, and were bursting with color! I do believe you will fall in love with all of them. The story in itself was also beatifully written! A must read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2005

    How can I put this book into words!

    I LLOOVVEEDD this book! I instantly fell in love with each character! Although I thought the ending a little weak compared to the rest of the story, it was truly a five star book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2005

    this book is awesome

    i loved this book me and my bud were like inside the book. couldn't stop reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2005

    Pretty Good (but sad at the end!)

    It's a really good book but the ending is sad! I can't believe that he dies!! What a shame but i guess it wasn't meant to be!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2003

    Smooth as ice

    This book just flowed really smoothly as if sledding down the Alps. It was a really wonderful book. I enjoyed it very much, especially the ending part, it was a surprise, but a good surprise. If you like the Alps or need a smooth, easy to read, hard to put down book, then this one is a sure winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2002

    Wowee!

    I never read romance books, but I saw the book and it looked interesting. Once I started, I could not put the book down. I have to say that the story had a nice flow to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2001

    A great book

    This was such a great book. I couldn't stop reading it. It was strange how the book was told by the journalist in the last chapter. You didn't really hear much about Charlotte at the end, but I liked how the book ended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2000

    A Great Sense of Togetherness

    This book has Adventure, Romanace and is a Great Drama.A wonderful story of friendship and what you want in life. It really questioned my relationship with my friends. A great book I couldn't put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    Romancer's Delight!

    This is an excellent book for anyone interested in Victorian-style romance. It runs rampant in one of the best books I've ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2000

    A Wonderful Book!

    I absolutely loved this book. The characters are so realistic you feel like you are really there. It has great adventure too. I highly recommend this book.

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    Posted September 5, 2009

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