MacColl, Michaela Secrets in the Snow, 262 pgs. Chronicle Books, 2016. $16.99 Content: Language: G; Violence: PG-13; Mature Content: PG.
While staying with her brother, Edward, Jane Austen is made aware that her cousin, Eliza, is being watched by the War Office and is suspected of being a French spy. Jane intercepts Eliza on her way to visit Edward and takes her home to Jane’s country house in an attempt to keep her away from suspicion. There is a mysterious man that keeps following Jane and Eliza and he might be the reason the English suspect Eliza, but Jane will do everything she can to protect her cousin.
I really wanted to like this book. I was even open to the idea that Jane Austen was the main character, even though the only similarity was the setting and family names. That said, Jane wasn’t easy to relate to or very likable- she was nosy and disagreeable. *Spoiler* She also helps cover up a murder, which crowned my dislike of her. My favorite part of this book was the author’s note which had an interesting succinct biography of Jane Austen’s life.
MS, HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.