Snow in the Maze

Snow in the Maze Why Had The Former Mistress Of Briarcourt House Left So Many Of Her Possessions Behind When She Left On That Fateful Voyage InWhy Was Rosa Close To Tears When She Gazed At A Portrait Of An Orphaned Cousin And Should One Take The Advice Of Blue Eyed, Solitary Man Who Seemed A Little Odd Rosa Is Caught Up In The Final Unravelling Of The Briarcourt Mystery

A gifted illustrator, particularly of fairy tales, by the 1960s, British born Freeman was writing and illustrating her own children s books She particularly enjoyed incorporating fantasy and or history into her work.

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  • 182 pages
  • Snow in the Maze
  • Barbara C. Freeman
  • 02 April 2018
  • 9780333273142

15 thoughts on “Snow in the Maze

  1. says:

    A note about my ratings 5 perfect4 excellent3 enjoyed it very much2 okay1 didn t like much, if at allThis one is close to a 4, but to give it a 4 means I d have to elevate existing 4s to 5 and then where would I put the rare true 5s Snow in the Maze centres on several of Barbara C Freeman s favoured themes a difficult family relationship, seeking the past, a sense of place and others It is beautifully written in most senses and the plot is one that could be termed bitter sweet, nostalgic, gentle ghost story but which really, truly, isn t This author uses modern themes and a hard edge of reality under the velvet trappings Rosa, who is around 16, lives with her widowed mother whose modest fortune and niche fame has sprung from her series of Rosa child portraits Rosa herself resents being known as the Rosa of the portraits and longs to be free to create and craft her own identity This causes conflict between Rosa and her mother Frances Because both are basically nice if acerbic people, these battles are fought in a civilised way While visiting a rundown open to the public house nearby, Rosa is drawn into an 18th century tragedy which overflows into her own life.I love the way BCF writes or wrote since she is no longer with us and I love her sharp observations, her precise descriptions and her evocations of mood and place What I find equally delightful and frustrating is her oblique way of telling a story Conversations run into odd areas and sometimes don t quite make sense Transitions between scenes are either missing or so oblique as to be easily missed Characters and the story unfold in their own pace and in their own way, withholding information, going roundabout and using some kind of signals that I sometimes miss Why was Jackman called Jackman The other characters almost all had names that meant something by association Why did Frances not worry that Rosa spent time with a man who made her so uneasy No, this is NOT a romance How healthy was the relationship between Vitalis and Hebe Hecate s dual triple role sort of makes senseI think a second and third reading will clarify some of this for me, but I am reviewing upon a first reading I loved the book I also wanted to tell BCF that if she d just reveal a LITTLE of the story and be a LITTLE less oblique, this one might have been a 5.

  2. says:

    My grandmother gave me this book, and over the years I sometimes dream about it and have to read it again Strange and haunting and lovely.

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