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Snowfall [Paperback]

K. M. Peyton
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13 Nov 2006
Charlotte is young, beautiful and bored. A trip to the Alps seems to be the perfect escape from her dull vicarage life. Once there, she throws herself into a sparkling new world of friendships, freedom and passion. Little does she know that her new life, like the Alps, brings danger too.
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  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Graphia Books; Reprint edition (13 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618737421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618737420
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K. M. Peyton was brought up in the suburbs of London and went to school in Wimbledon. Obsessed by horses, she was unable to own a pony but saved up for riding lessons - one every school holidays - on Wimbledon Common. She had an 'imaginary' stable of two thousand horses and ponies, all listed in exercise books. She still remembers many of these 'pretend' animals even now.

She began writing while still at school and has never stopped writing since. She had written about ten books before her first one was accepted for publication by A & C Black when she was fifteen, Sabre, the Horse from the Sea, published under her maiden name, Kathleen Herald.

She continued to write during her period at Manchester Art School where she met a fellow student, Michael Peyton. They married in 1950 and in the six years before their first child was born they lived in a variety of places and undertook any jobs that were available. For two years Mrs Peyton taught at Northampton High School. Both she and her husband travelled abroad, hitch-hiking and living out in the mountains, and in 1955 they went to Canada and the USA where they lived for nine months, working and travelling. They did a 150 mile trip by canoe in Northern Ontario and walked in the Rockies for as long as they could carry food.

In 1956 the Peytons bought a derelict cottage on the edge of a village on the Essex marshes. Here they worked, writing and drawing, and had two daughters, Hilary and Veronica, bought a boat and sailing became a passion. Michael Peyton has since specialised in sailing for a living, and now is a well-known internationally as a yachting cartoonist, a journalist and charter skipper. In 1970 their cottage was compulsorily purchased when a new town was scheduled for the area and they moved to another farm cottage three miles down the river where they now live.

K. M. Peyton has written many articles for the Guardian and for women's magazines, she has had over thirty novels published, mainly for the teenage market. The most well-known of which is Flambards, on which the popular television serial was based.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time favorite 6 Jan 2005
I first read this book when I was 9 years old (I started early!) and found it very compelling and totally enjoyable. I am now 16 and have read it several more times, gaining the seal of approval by my mum, who read it in 2 days...and loved it!
The story follows Charlotte, a young girl longing to escape and explore, as she learns about life and lessons in a world where women should not have their own ideas, and having a bastard child is UNTHINKABLE! The charachters are highly lovable and the romance of the book is unique. This is a fantastic book to curl up in bed with, full of love, description and truth.
A heart touching novel that people of all ages will love!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It shows how good a book i think it is. 1 Jun 2000
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I would say that Snowfall is probably one of the best books I have ever read. And I have read a lot of books. It covers adventure, horses, and the out doors. Many a time have I read the book and felt the same delight, sadness and excitement of the characters over and over again. It made me feel as if I was acctualy part of the drama that is with in the book. I think that if a film could be made on the book and it had the same sort of detail it would be wonderful. I also think it would be good if K.M.Peyton could write a book that covered the gap of the 50 years between the 1890s and the 1940s. A brilliant book. Kate Morris
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter says its great 10 Mar 2013
By C. Jack
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Haven't read it but daughter (15) says it was great. She'd been after it for a while and found it on Amazon.
Sorry can't properly review it as I have not read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired my love of Switzerland!! 12 Sep 2012
First read when I was about 13, I'm now 30, and re-read it often, a beautiful love story which can still be enjoyed as an adult. It inspired my love of Switzerland, the first time I went there I walked by the Monte Rosa hotel which is a key place in the book, in Zermatt and it's still there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snowfall, the review to end the others.... 26 July 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
When I first started Snowfall I thought it would be yet another stuffy romance book with too much detail and not enough kick. I was wrong. Can you imagine how astounded I was when I ended up falling in love with this book? And how I was shocked by the other reviews? So let me put this whole war of the reviews to an end.

This book should be a classic. Never before have I seen characters presented in a way where they grow with you. Never have I had the pleasure of almost knowing these characters as Charlotte does. No other book can compare to the way it compells a reader to the fate of everybody. And not once has a book broken my heart.

I think the thing that made this book so absolutely fabulous was the ending. To find something so perfect and absolute, and then to have it ripped from you. Miss Peyton painted it in a way where she didn't have to put any lusty moments into this book, but you could feel the love between Charlotte and Milo, and the difference between her "love" with Casimir.

At the end of the book I think of you heartless if you say you felt nothing. It was tragic. Completely tragic, and based on a true story. How can you critiscize this book's romance when it is so plainly underlying everything else. It flows gently beneath everything and I didn't realize how much I loved the characters until they were ripped apart.

I was utterly depressed, and that's what made this book great. If somebody can render me speechless and disintegrated before mere paper pages, then I recognize that as talent. If somebody can awaken that almost naive and pure passion in me, that is most certainly talent. And if you can't discern that from stuffy and boring then I pity you. You missed a wonderful tale.

One thing I didn't like about the book? The same thing that I adored: the fact that the end wasn't how I wanted it to be. It made it real. Tangible. And my heart broke when they fell and held onto each other. It was the romance I've been yearning for, and yet while that is surfaced it is also real. And beautiful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars now sitting on my "favorites" shelf 7 Nov 2006
By pluckyduc007 - Published on Amazon.com
i grabbed this book, desperate to get at least one thig before i left barnes & noble (sorry amazon!) and was pleasantly surprised by how much i loved it. historical fiction romances are right up my ally, but you must always be careful--there are some bed apples out there. Snowfall is not one of these. I was at first a little confused/put off by the fast pace of the book, but i soon got into the story because of it. it takes place of the course of about 2 years and must move this way. I really got to know the personalities of the characters, and was quite emotional with them. Even in the last chapter or two of the story, i could not tell how it was going to end, and was engaged until the very end. Thanks very much for a great read! i heartily reccomend this book.

p.s. it left me crying! the mark of a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Snowfall is a perfect blend of plot and thought. 25 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Charlotte Campion is a girl of seventeen who lives with her elderly grandfather. He wants her to marry the blameless boring curate Hubert Carstairs. Her brother Ben saves her from this when he suggests that she joins him and some Oxford friends on a walking holiday in the Swiss Alps. There she meets Milo Rawnsley, Mar Merchent- Fox and Roland Palmer. Just as she is preparing to go back home to marry Carstairs Milo offers her a job and home at his new house Nettlepot Hall. Here she has the opportunity to understand who she really is.
This is a book focusing on changing, mainly Charlotte maturing but also all the characters finding out about themselves and each other. The only one that doesn't change is Milo. He seems to be frozen in time. The only way he changes is when the people round him alter. He never changes himself.
'Snowfall' is similar to the Pennington books by K. M. Peyton in many ways. Even though 'Snowfall' is set in the Victorian era, in comfortable houses and among wealthy people and the Pennington books begin in a crowded house, an unpleasant secondary modern and frequent visits to the police station. Pennington too learns his own worth. Another Peyton book 'Firehead' also explores change and adaption. 'Prove Yourself a Hero' and 'A Midsummer's Nights Death' involve an element of change in the main character Jonathan Meredith. Peyton involves more ready humour in these two books than 'Snowfall' where she pokes fun at typical love stories. 'Snowfall' combines an enjoyable plot and interesting philosophy in this triumphant book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written 9 Dec 2000
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
A friend of mine read this book, and recommended it to me. I didn't want to read it at first, but she kept persisting, and after a while, I did. I was captivated by it, and I fell in love with it immediately. I was not prepared, however, for the ending. It almost ruined the book, and I honestly think it should not have ended that way. Of course, I am not a fan of sad endings, so some would call me a poor sport. Every time I hear about accidents with snow, a single name crosses my mind: Milo. He was my favorite character, and the way the book is finished is enough to make the strongest person cry out of sheer and utter torture. I am not one to cry much, but the way this ended, just squeezed the tears directly from my eyes.
If you have ever seen the movie "Cruel Intentions", the way this ends is, in a sense, just like the movie. She just learns that she actually DOES love him, but something happens to him, and they cannot end up together. Personally, I think K.M. Peyton should re-write the ending, so they'll end up together. And I'm sure you'll agree with me!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly satisfying 9 Aug 2007
By Ophelia Julien - Published on Amazon.com
KM Peyton has been one of my favorite writers since I first discovered A Pattern of Roses and then the Pennington books back in the '80s. She is incredibly adept at creating characters we want to be close to, and then placing them in a world so complete and so realistic that reading her work is like traveling. SNOWFALL, terribly ripped by the professional critics, is more of Peyton's magic at work. Charlotte and Milo, Mar and Kitty, all of them are very like people we know, or would very much like to know, and the details of their lives can be followed like those of dear friends. And Peyton is not shy about breaking a reader's heart. Don't pay attention to the critics who apparently were reading another book with the same title. Read it and weep.
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