THANK YOU FOR STAYING AT
DID YOU ENJOY YOUR STAY?
Well, apparently I live here now–my mom just bought the place. And named it after me, Ashleigh, which was nice. But did she know how cold it is here??
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND US TO A FRIEND?
Um, it’s a tiny island with not much to do, unless you really like sleigh rides. But I gotta say there are quite a few hot guys on this cold island . . .
Title: Snowed In
Author: Rachel Hawthorne
Publication date: November 27, 2007
I read Snowed In last month for the Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Readathon. It’s not set at Christmas, just in winter, but it put me into the Christmas mood anyway.
Ashleigh’s parents have recently divorced and her mother has decided it’s time for a fresh start, moving the two of them from Texas to Mackinac Island in Michigan. The island sounds very beautiful and like somewhere I’d love to visit — but maybe not in winter. I love snow but I don’t know if I could take that much snow. To read about, though, it’s a charming small town with a lot of fudge shops. What’s not to like? I love fudge and even though I have some homemade fudge in my kitchen right now, I still want to look up Mackinac’s fudge shops and order from every one of them. (Restraint…must show restraint.)
Almost immediately Ashleigh makes a new friend, Nathalie. Nathalie annoys me almost as immediately as Ashleigh meets her because she never calls her boyfriend by name, referring to him only as “my boyfriend” even after Ashleigh has met him. At first I thought this was just a clumsy way to conceal his identity from the reader, but she continues doing it through the entire book. Actually, I think it is a clumsy way to conceal his identity from the reader until Ashleigh meets him, but Hawthorne has turned it into a quirk of Nathalie’s. Ashleigh thinks it’s weird (I go beyond weird into hate) and remarks a couple of times that she never calls anyone by name. It’s always “my boyfriend” or “my best friend,” which makes them seem more like trophies than people. Nathalie’s very invested in having a boyfriend and having everyone know it.
Ashleigh’s social circle expands (as much as it can in a town where the junior class is all of six people) as she meets Nathalie’s fudge shop coworker Chase, Nathalie’s friends, and Nathalie’s boyfriend, who actually does have a name: it’s Josh.
Ashleigh’s never been a girl to be tied down to one guy, when she meets someone who really interests her, she’s ready to reconsider — except he has a girlfriend, of course. They hang out anyway, and despite the fact that he’s technically cheating on his girlfriend, I really enjoyed reading about all the outdoor winter activities they were doing. I love winter, but I think I prefer it from the warmth of my home. Still, it’s fun to think about sleigh rides and skiing and exploring the caves of Lake Michigan.
Snowed In is a light book, perfect for the pre-holiday rush or a wintery readathon. The characters aren’t very well developed, but it’s a fun book set in an interesting place. Mackinac almost seems like a character and not just the setting.