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February 13, 2017

Snow Country {Kristin Neva}

snow country kristin neva
Shame desperately depends on secrecy for its survival in this multi-generational story of love and loss. 

JILTED THREE WEEKS BEFORE HER WEDDING, Beth Dawson escapes sunny California for the snowy Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where a young State Trooper challenges her to let go of her rules for Christian courtship. Her domineering mother chides her to stay single and wants her to talk her ailing grandmother into moving to Los Angeles. 

COPPER ISLAND averages over 200 inches of snow annually. The fictional towns of Douglass and Quincy mirror the actual towns of Houghton and Hancock, and although the names of businesses and persons are imaginary, the history, landmarks, and spirit of the region described in the novel are real. 

My Thoughts:
Kristin Neva is a new-to-me author who I "met" on Instagram through another book blogger. I believe this is her first work of published fiction, and a good story to kick off this new series.

We meet Beth as she is being dumped by her fiance just a few weeks before their planned wedding. She quickly hops in the car and drives across the country to visit her grandmother in Michigan. Although she has visited her grandparents in the past, this is the first time Beth has really spent any extended time in the area.

We realize pretty quickly Beth is one who plays by the rules others set for her. Although she is an adult, she seems pretty tied to the opinions of her mother and has always followed the guidelines her mother has placed on her life. Because of this Beth had a hard time making logical decisions on her own when she first arrives in Michigan. This trait annoyed me about Beth, but I liked her more as she learned to think for herself.

My first impression of Danny was that he was a cocky law enforcement officer. I felt he was pushy and too willing to pursue Beth even after she told him she was not interested. However, as the story moves along I being to like Danny for his unwillingness to give up on his pursuit of Beth. I thought he was a little dorky, but appreciated the way he cared for Beth and her grandmother.

Although I enjoyed this story and these characters, I felt this book moved a little fast. I would have appreciated a little more insight into the thoughts and feelings of the characters as they worked through different obstacles in their lives. I felt the dialog was a little choppy at times, but overall I thought it was a great book for a new author. 



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