Thursday, May 8, 2014

Blog Tour: Secrets in the Snow by Roz Marshall #Review

Women's Fiction/Drama/Sports

Collection of 3 Novellas

The White Cairns Ski School early season collection (Episodes 1-3)
When her ski instructor husband is delayed from returning to Scotland, it falls to Jude Winters – creative graphic artist, mother and home-maker – to assemble a team of instructors and get the season started for ailing White Cairns Ski School.

It's a challenge that's way out of her comfort zone, especially since even the seemingly confident and extrovert ski instructors are hiding mysterious pasts or secret longings that might threaten the equilibrium of the ski school.

As they battle sabotage, stormy weather and accidents in the first months of the winter season, can she turn things around and keep the wolf from their door until her chief instructor gets back from New Zealand?

"The words just flashed by. I forgot I was reading. I love the characters."

"Great story with an excellent ending that will leave you wanting, nay, needing more."

"I liked this story. It was quick and entertaining. It played out in my head like a movie"

“Secrets in the Snow” is a collection of the early season stories from the 'White Cairns Ski School' novella series about a Scottish snowsports school.

It’s a character-driven drama with an action setting, youngish-adult protagonists and romantic elements. If you enjoy early evening TV drama series like Downton Abbey (with mountains instead of mansions), Glee (with skiing instead of singing) or The Musketeers (with snowploughing instead of swashbuckling), then this might just be for you!


My Review

A wonderful journey to Scotland. There is so much about other countries that I know nothing about and I truly enjoy finding novels like this one in which I can get a feel for what it would be like to live somewhere else. Its amazing when an Author is able to bring a country to life vividly in my head and Roz Marshall truly does this. 

Note: This is a collection of three novella's and there are more to come!

Winters Arrives is a great first in the series and it sets the tone for the series giving us both a backdrop and backstory on the characters we will follow throughout. I liked the fact that everything played realistically, we got real world drama with the novels.

I definitely had my favorite characters and I think it was written in a way where pretty much everyone is going to have the same favorites. As far as the relationships went, it was fairly predictable. Even knowing the Who, it was still enjoyable to read and find out the when and how. 

The skiing/snowboarding was written by someone who obviously knew what she was talking about and she really made it understandable for a reader who had no clue the first thing about either. 

The second Novella for me fell a little bit flatter than the first, but things definitely got going again in the third one. 

A very fun read!

Roz lives in Scotland with her husband and the obligatory dog and cat. She has been writing since childhood, including screenwriting, songwriting, web pages and even sentiments for greeting cards!
The White Cairns novellas are written from experiences Roz had whilst working as a ski instructor in various Scottish ski resorts and slopes - they do say you should 'write what you know'!

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