This is the story of two girls: Virginia and Ginny. They look alike and both come from tragic and difficult backgrounds. Ginny is running away from her step-brother to start a new life in Seattle, and Virginia is on her way to marry a man she has never met. Virginia helps Ginny escape her brother, and Ginny wants to return the favor. So...Ginny agrees to pretend she is Virginia and meet this "Nicholas" guy (Virginia's betrothed) and pretend that Virginia is her best friend. This way, Virginia can check him out and make sure he's fit to be a husband. However, there is chemistry between Nicholas and Ginny, and Ginny can't find it in her to tell Nick the truth.
Virginia, of course, is furious, because Nicholas is a great guy, and he's HER fiancee. What will Nick do when he finds out the truth (which he's bound to find out!). Plus, all this is happening on a train that's stranded in the middle of a snowstorm, and all the passengers might very well die anyway!
Truth to tell, this book was a fun read. It was quick, fast (including the beginning), and cute. If you really want to read a book that's historical, I wouldn't recommend this book. Realistically, you aren't going to see literary elements or historical detail in this book. You're not going to learn anything from themes or anything. I mean, this isn't that type of book. I don't think it was meant to be. But that isn't why I gave it 4 stars.
The reason that I took away 1 star is because of Ginny. She's not exactly the best main character. After all, she takes Virginia's betrothed away from her. Plus, she makes a bad decision in the book in a desperate attempt (which I'm not going to give away).
The book was a good read, but if you are looking for historical romance, read Ann Rinaldi. Her audience is more geared towards younger readers, but her books "teach" more and are (in my opinion) more original. From this series, the only other one I have read is Hindenburg. I recommend it over Washington Avalanche, though the ending is sad. If you like Dokey, I recommend highly The Storyteller's Daughter.