After the blizzard this past weekend, I started thinking about favorite books involving snowstorms. If you like snowstorms as a backdrop/plot device, you’ll probably like….
— Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter. I remember being enthralled by this book, about a whole winter snowed in with dwindling supplies, when I was little.
— There’s also a book about the 1888 blizzard in New York (young adult fiction) that I remember finding in the Middle School Library. I tried googling it, but wasn’t able to track it down, so if anyone else remembers this one….
— Moving on to adult fiction, Joan Wolf’s The Arrangement (an excellent Regency romance) begins with an earl snowed in at the heroine’s humble home. I seem to recall there also being a snowstorm in Jill Barnett’s Bewitching, a heartwarming Regency about a very correct nobleman and a very incorrect witch (think “Worst Witch Meets the Ton”).
— There’s no dearth of convenient snowstorms in modern romance. Judith McNaught’s heroine conveniently “loses” her keys in a snowdrift at a key moment in Paradise, while another McNaught heroine finds herself snowed in with a convicted (but innocent?) murderer and former movie star in Perfect.
— Some of my favorite mystery novels are also conveniently snowbound. There’s a wonderful snowstorm scene in Elizabeth Peters’s Trojan Gold (the hero and heroine get stranded in an abandoned church overnight, brew tea in a flowerpot, and sing Bach), and a snowstorm also provides the backdrop for Donna Andrews’s more recent Six Geese A-Slaying. Julia Spencer-Fleming also makes good use of the snowy landscape in In the Bleak Midwinter, as her Virginia-bred heroine is forced to struggle with the elements in snowy upstate New York.
What are your favorite snowy books?