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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Snow Drifter by Amy Gallow

Snow Drifter by Amy Gallow
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (252 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Allison Farrell was content with the familiarity of her childhood home and secure in her position at Mayfield’s until Stuart Ferguson drifted in to blow her safe haven apart.

On the snowy peak of Mount Kosciusko, she discovers a blaze within that the fiercest blizzard cannot extinguish. Yet the contrast between their lives is absolute. Has she the courage to emulate the biblical Ruth and leave her home and follow the endless winter from hemisphere to hemisphere?

Exquisite lovemaking that transcends just the physical makes SNOW DRIFTER an emotionally charged story of two very intelligent people that embrace totally different life styles; yet their evocative response to each other heats the blood and makes the heart race.

Allison Farrell, having lived with regrets and self-recriminations for a year after her fiancĂ©’s death, gets a shock that puts her in the hospital. The cocoon of grief begins to crack. She realizes “life is too short to live looking back”. Her home and familiar surroundings are necessary for her sense of well being, and her memories have all her emotions locked away—until….

Stuart Ferguson, a green-eyed Adonis ski pro and SO MUCH, makes Allison aware of her remarkable abilities in the professional world and in her personal world. He unthreateningly challenges her to be his equal in business acumen and in embracing life day by day. He cherishes her as she emerges from her cocoon of grief and watches her become the radiant lover, companion so long awaited.

Amy Gallow uses splendid imagery and analogies to make Allison and Stuart’s story come alive. Alluding to Kipling’s “The Cat Who Walked By Itself” and Tennyson’s “Ulysses” gives a special understanding of Stuart. The setting, so realistically described, helps the reader feel as if she is there with the characters whether they are on the snowy ski slopes in Australia, in Sydney with the Opera House in the background, or in an attic room in Aspen, Colorado USA.

All the senses are engaged as the story unfolds and the secondary characters heighten these senses at times with humor, innuendo, suspense, and intrigue. However, the greatest of all is the love that cherishes, comforts, gives unstintingly, and holds steady even when it seems impossible for things to work out.

I loved this story. It expresses such an all-encompassing love.