Monday, September 5, 2016
Book Tour: A Place For Miss Snow by Jennifer Moore
Miss Diana Snow is everything a British chaperone should be—she finds satisfaction in order and depends wholly upon the rules of decorum as she negotiates the isle of Greece with her young charge. But Miss Snow's prim and proper exterior masks a disquieting past: orphaned and alone in the world, she has only her stiff upper lip to rely on. When a brief encounter with a handsome stranger challenges her rules of propriety, Diana is unwittingly drawn into an adventure that will turn her ordered world upside down.
Alexandros Metaxas is a Greek spy working to recruit individuals to the cause of revolution. His mission seems to be going perfectly until he encounters Diana Snow, a captivating—if slightly cold—beauty. When their paths cross again, the ill-fated reunion threatens all Alex has been fighting for. But more importantly, it places Diana's life in jeopardy. There is only one way to save her: they must put themselves at the mercy of the most powerful pirate family in the Mediterranean. Soon, Diana is plunged into a fantastic world of gypsy curses, blood feuds, and unexpected romance. But when a bitter vendetta places her in mortal danger, will she have the courage to fight for life and love?
I was intrigued by Alex's mission right away (the secret package, changing clothes to blend in, etc.), although his physical description wasn't winning him points in my book (mustaches are not my thing). He seemed like a good person fighting for a worthy cause.
I liked many things about Diana, especially how she was able to help the people she grew to love.
As the story progressed it didn't hold my attention as much as I would have liked. I've been a fan of Jennifer Moore's books and I was really looking forward to reading A Place for Miss Snow, but it fell a bit flat for me. I'm not exactly sure why though. Something about the way it was written was a little off from her writing in her other books.
Who knew that a romance novel would get me to research history? After reading this story, I decided I really needed to know more about the Ottoman Empire, especially relating to Greece. I admit, that's a part of history I know little to nothing about.
Aside from continually stumbling over the Greek words, I enjoyed this story. The relationship with Diana and Elena and her family was heartwarming. It was intriguing to read about how Diana coped when she felt like things were out of control. In today's world, she might have been diagnosed with OCD or something similar.
The relationship between Alex and Diana moved slowly...sometimes even slow enough that it didn't even feel like the main theme of the story...but since the other parts of the story were good, that didn't really matter too much. I did really like the connection that they both had with each other though.
Let's just say that the first part of the book, and the last part were a whole lot more interesting than the middle part. I love that we get to see different places in the Regency genre, and normally Moore is able to take us along for the ride to these new places, but this one read more like a history book with it's descriptions than a story. I kind of felt that so much time was spent on descriptions that we really don't get to know the characters well, and we really don't see as much of their development and relationship as I was hoping. Diana's OCDness is interesting and Alex could be an interesting character, but everything was just brushed over and not really developed.
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Title: A Place for Miss Snow
Author: Jennifer Moore
Published: August 2016
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for honest reviews.