Publication Date: Available Now from Honno
Source: Review Copy
Two sisters, their grandmother’s old house and Angharad… the girl who cannot leave.
Meredith discovers a dusty sewing box in a disused attic. Once open the box releases the ghost of Angharad, a Victorian child-woman with a horrific secret she must share. Angharad slowly reveals her story to Meredith who fails to convince her more pragmatic sister of the visitations until Verity sees Angharad for herself on the eve of an unseasonal April snowstorm.
Forced by her flighty mother to abandon Gull House for London, Meredith struggles to settle, still haunted by Angharad and her little red flannel hearts. This time, Verity is not sure she will be able to save her…
Two parallel coming of age stories – one tragic, the other holding out the hope of salvation.
Snow Sisters is absolutely beautifully written, a ghostly ethereal tale with themes of family running through the heart of it, a little bit of a literary delight.
Verity and Meredith are drawn wonderfully, the strength of this novel for me came through their relationship and their finding of themselves – Snow Sisters has only a few characters, all of whom come to life on the page through the author’s lyrical and descriptive writing. If you like non genre specific books where the characters are the story then Snow Sisters will definitely be for you.
It is kind of melancholy, highly absorbing, as winter approaches this is just the sort of book I like to curl up with in a warm corner – it is transporting and imaginative, the differing timelines all play into one another, thought provoking and engaging you’ll be captured by it utterly.
It is a difficult one to place when it comes to recommending it – with Snow Sisters the quality of the writing is the key – I simply cannot imagine any reader not finding something within its pages to love – so I guess the easiest thing to say is if you are looking for something a bit different, with a deft feminine touch and plenty of both style and substance then this one will be for you.
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