Title: Snow Falls
Author: Gerri Hill
Blurb: Jennifer Kincaid, on her way to a writer’s workshop in the Colorado mountain town of Lake City, gets lost and is stranded by an avalanche. Catherine Ryan-Barrett, running from the fame and fortune of her family name, wants nothing more to spend the winter alone and sequestered in her high mountain cabin. She is not prepared for a party crasher. After spending two months together, they form an unlikely friendship that deepens even further. But after the spring thaw, Jen leaves and returns to her life in Santa Fe—and to the man who wants to marry her. All she knows of the woman who rescued her is her name . . . Ryan.
My Thoughts: I am a fan of Gerri Hill – I have read her Police procedural series ‘Hunter Trilogy’ which were very good mysteries. SNOW FALLS is totally different – it is a romance and I picked it mainly because it had snow in it – for this little snow bunny wannabe who lives in the tropics any book with snow on the front cover is fair game.
The two main characters are both reclusive but for different reasons, one is rich and infamous, the other withdrawn and shy after a strict upbringing. Jen has written a successful series of self-help books which she never reads or takes advice from; Catherine (Ryan to her friends) has won a Pulitzer Prize and is working on her next book. Although Ryan is resigned to sharing her cabin with Jen for six to eight weeks, she isn’t willing to share information about her past with Jen, or reveal that she’s a writer herself, she does admit to being an editor and helps Jen learn the craft of writing. The two women spend the next few weeks writing and talking about everything except what is important. Gradually Jen realises she is not missing her fiancé and the idea of leaving Ryan is distressing. But leave she does and Ryan now has her solitude back, but she finds she doesn’t want to be alone anymore.
Gerri Hill is a very good writer, and she has an uncanny ability to create believable characters. She is also very good at setting the scene, and she managed to transport this reader to the mountains with breathtaking descriptions of the winter scenery. I enjoyed the development of the romance and was glad that there was finally a ‘Happy ever After.’ The story of how the two women get there is what makes Gerri a good writer.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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