I, too, was introduced to Ms. Fenton's work through her delightful Lions & Licorice, and decided to take a chance with The Colours of Snow. I do think that the blurbs on the back of the book were misleading. I do not consider this to have been a "romantic comedy." In my opinion, there is too much reality and pain in this story for it to have been a romantic comedy.
Fenton writes beautifully and, even if the plot hadn't interested me, I would have appreciated her talent with words. I read it on the plane home from London yesterday, and could not put it down. In fact, I finished it so quickly that I found myself re-reading entire chapters to re-live certain sections.
Unlike my fellow New Yorker, I found Ned to be extremely attractive. OK, perhaps he does seem too good to be true, but don't most literary heroes? He is a truly good and decent human being and, like Frankie, I could not resist him.
The next step is to check out the rest of Fenton's work. If her other books are as good as L&L and The Colours of Snow, it will be worth having waited all these years to read them.