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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.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Michaela MacColl has written an adorable story for Jane Austen fans, like me. Secrets in the Snow has a great combination factual details from Jane Autsten's life and fictional details from MacColl's imagination. Secrets in the Snow is a short and quick read, but has the perfect amount of love and mystery and adventure. The murder mystery plot was somewhat predictable, but it was still entertaining. Also, if you enjoy having physical books, the hardcover copy of this is absolutely GORGEOUS!
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.