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Review by Anniek
Jude has inherited a ski school. She lives in Scotland with her husband Allan and her daughter Lucy. Allan runs the ski school and handles everything during the snow season. One morning when Jude is trying to order something she's been told that they'll only deliver after she has paid the out standing invoices first. Jude is shocked when she finds out that there's no more money in their business account. Allan has been working in New Zealand for a while now and Jude hasn't been able to contact him. Because of Allan's absence Jude has to take over the ski school. She has no idea what she's doing, but she has to learn fast since the season is about to start.
Together with her best friend Fiona Jude has to find experienced skiers for the instructor's team. Unexpected help also comes from Mike Cole. Mike has skied in places all over the world and now he's in Scotland to cross this country off his list as well. He steps in when Jude needs someone by her side for the hiring. Together they get the work done and an exciting new team is awaiting the first snow. When you're spending this much time with each other secrets are bound to unravel. Which secrets will come to the surface and which ones will remain hidden?
Jude is modest and not used to being a leader but she's forced to be one since she can't rely on her husband. She takes care of her daughter, makes drawings for children's books and has to run an entire ski school. A lot of people wouldn't be able to manage it all, but Jude does what she has to do to keep her head above water. She faces her problems head on. She's so much smarter than she gives herself credit for. Jude is honest and she'll always take care of everyone who is on her team. I disliked her husband a lot. Who leaves his wife and daughter to fend for themselves? The fact that she couldn't even reach him for advice made me mad. Jude remains polite the few times she talks to him on the phone and I found that remarkable. I wouldn't have been that strong.
Secrets in the Snow is an entertaining read about a ski school. I believe that the characters that Roz Marshall came up with for Jude's team are a real asset. The story has a natural flow and I flew through the pages. In every episode you'll get to know more about the instructors and you get to follow their lives as they work at the ski school. In a team with men and women you know that there will be romance involved. After reading Secrets in the Snow episodes 1-3 I would love to go skiing myself as well. I'd like to find out how it feels to glide down those mountains. I liked to read about the personal developments of every character and I can't wait to learn more about each and everyone of them in the other episodes of this series.
Secrets in the Snow is perfect for lovers of skiing, mysteries and newfound love. Please take in consideration that these first three episodes are not standalones and have to be read in chronological order.
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Review by Suze
Jude's husband Allan is somewhere in New Zealand while he should have been in Scotland for the start of the ski season. Jude is an illustrator and besides doing her own work she now also has to run his business. There's no money left, so she doesn't have a choice. Therefore she hires Mike, an experienced skier who can help her find the right instructors and get the business up and running again.
Winter Arrives is novella one of Secrets in the Snow. In this first part of the series the main characters are being introduced. The story focuses on Jude and her missing husband and on Mike, who is in Scotland because he's never skied there and wants a new challenge. Together they find the right people for their new season, which is an interesting process to read about. Jude has a good heart, she's friendly, capable and brave. Even when she's afraid she does what she has to do to keep things going. I loved her character and determination. Mike is capable and kind. He offers his help to a total stranger without hesitation, which is lovely and chivalrous. The instructors they hire together are interesting people and I can't wait to read more about them.
Roz Marshall's writing style is easy to read. I flew through this first novella. It's perfect for when you only have an hour and want to read something fun and lighthearted. I love winter stories and Roz Marshall writes about a perfect setting. I instantly fell in love with the Scottish mountains. Winter Arrives is a promising start of the Secrets in the Snow series and I can't wait to read the rest of the novellas.
Winter Arrives is a great introduction to the series. You can get a copy on Instafreebie by signing up for Roz Marshall's newsletter.
About Roz Marshall
I live in Scotland with hubby and the obligatory cat and dog.
Sometime ski instructor, horse rider and musician, I've been publishing books since 2013, been a prizewinner in a competition judged by Hugh Howey, and had short stories selected for prestigious anthologies.
About her books
They say you should write about what you know…
Well, I write stories that are (mostly) set in Scotland – the real Scotland, not the shortbread-tin cardboard version often sold to unsuspecting tourists.
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