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Amy Snow: The Richard & Judy Bestseller

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There was plenty of mystery and intrigue throughout, which mixed well with Amy and her experiences of travelling around the country on her own as a woman, and finding people who knew Aurelia and didn't judge Amy because of her past and accepted her for who she was. Oh, it had all the makings of a standard historical romantic melodrama. It actually should have been eye-rolling. Not sure, actually, how it avoided that fate. It took me quite a while to stop cringing in dread for what the story was about to become. But the book persistently rose above what it might have been, to actually be a satisfying read. How do the mysterious circumstances surrounding Amy’s birth link her to the Vennaway family? Given Lady Celestina’s tragic history of miscarriages, why do she and her husband prefer to turn Amy over to an orphanage rather than rear her as their child?

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Quentin Garland’s portrayal as Amy’s knight in shining armor gets dashed by the surprising revelations of his philandering. Why did you decide to have Amy discover the disturbing truths about Mr. Garland secondhand rather than witness his deception firsthand? I adore Tracy’s writing and have from the moment I read Amy Snow when it first came out. The House at Silvermoor is a sweeping saga full of likeable characters. What a joy to read!’ Lorna Cook, author of The Forgotten Village Your examination of the devotion that exists between friends after death is profoundly moving. By any chance is it grounded in your own experiences of loss? I thought the relationships were unbelievable. Amy supposedly fell in love with a man at first sight, and he her, but I saw no evidence of this whatsoever. I honestly saw nothing engaging about him, and their relationship was rushed and trite. I just couldn't bring myself to care about their relationship. In fact, I found myself dreading it whenever he would reappear. Usually, the love story is my favorite part, but this one made me groan. Oh, and they kept calling each other, "my love" every other sentence, which made me gag.After Aurelia’s death, Amy is sent on a treasure hunt, led by Aurelia’s letters. At this point, the book veers towards romance. I felt for Amy, pulled between the demands placed on her by the quest and the life she wishes to live. She is led to various towns and meets a variety of characters, who are all colorful in their own way. The author does a great job of describing the society, the clothes and the necessary manners. I loved The House at Silvermoor . Tracy's writing is always so warm and the story is both romantic and compelling' Rosanna Ley, author of The Lemon Tree Hotel

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A tenderly evoked and compelling read. The House at Silvermoor deserves to be a huge success' Rachel Hore, author of The Love Child Aurelia] knew that if any one thing on earth could compel me onwards, it would be my sense of devotion to her. She could be dead a thousand years and I would still want to please her.” How does the theme of devotion recur in this novel? How does Amy symbolize devotion in all that she does to follow Aurelia’s posthumous instructions? How does her burgeoning independence threaten her devotion?As Amy navigates the strange new world of romantic attachments, she becomes aware to herself as a sexual being, an object of desire, and—as a wealthy woman—of possessing a new kind of social currency. Have members of your group talk about when and where they first experienced romantic love. How did it shape their feelings about love in general? How did the prospect of commitment affect their feelings? Consider discussing disappointments or unexpected discoveries in the course of their romantic journeys. How does Henry Mead’s presence in Bath change the quality of Amy’s stay at Hades House and her perception of life in general? What qualities does Henry have that mirror Amy’s personality? How is Henry more compelling than Quentin from Amy’s point of view? A feisty, appealing heroine; a fast-paced, gorgeously descriptive narrative; and a mystery to be uncovered ... What more could a reader wish for?"

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