A Place for Miss Snow

It’s free­dom or death—or love or death—for the char­ac­ters in this en­gross­ing his­tor­i­cal ro­mance.

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Jen­nifer Moore Covenant Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Soft­cover $14.99 (224pp) 978-1-5244-0036-1

Jen­nifer Moore’s A Place for Miss Snow is a sweet and en­gross­ing ro­mance set against the Greek fight for in­de­pen­dence.

The in­tel­li­gent Miss Snow is com­fort­able in her sim­ple life act­ing as a chap­eron for a chip­per so­cialite. She forges her­self into the im­age of a per­fectly proper Bri­tish lady and longs to find a place where her lack of elite lin­eage doesn’t doom her to re­main an out­sider to the up­per class. When Alexan­dros Metaxas, a scoundrel and a Greek spy, dis­rupts her rou­tine, she is ir­ri­tated— and oddly cu­ri­ous. She is soon mixed up in Alex’s dan­ger­ous mis­sion to en­list rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies in the fight to free Greece from the Turks.

Com­plex char­ac­ters and ex­cel­lent di­a­logue make this a be­liev­able and sat­is­fy­ing ro­mance. Fear­less and adapt­able, Alex is in many ways Miss Snow’s ex­act op­po­site. It is en­ter­tain­ing to watch her dis­taste for the rebel turn into af­fec­tion as he un­earths her fiery spirit.

The hum­ble Gre­cian vil­lage where most of the novel is set in­cludes fas­ci­nat­ing de­tails about the unique and proud so­ci­ety of the Man­iots. Mem­o­rable cul­tural de­pic­tions, like fear­some and vi­o­lent pi­rates show­ing up to Sun­day ser­vice, shine.

A scene where Alex at­tempts to con­vince Petrobey Mavromichalis, a real-life Man­iot leader, to join the Greek rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies is par­tic­u­larly rous­ing, with a well-crafted mono­logue ad­vo­cat­ing for “lib­er­a­tion for the fa­ther­land.” All will be com­pelled to sym­pa­thize with shouts of “Eleft­he­ria i thanatos”—free­dom or death—by the end.

Though Miss Snow’s re­strained fa­cade be­comes tire­some, her men­tor­ing of a young Man­iot girl and her ex­cite­ment about learn­ing Greek lend her com­pas­sion and warmth. Her trans­for­ma­tion with Alex is grat­i­fy­ing, and her com­mit­ment to ed­u­ca­tion for women, even when it is un­pop­u­lar, makes her easy to root for. A Place for Miss Snow is a lively ro­mance that of­fers in­sight into Greek his­tory.

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