The Duke of Snow and Apples

The Duke of Snow and Apples

by Elizabeth Vail

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Frederick Snow, first footman, is the perfect servant: efficient, hardworking, and completely bereft of emotion. Unbeknownst to his employers, he

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ISBN-13: 9781500885533
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2014
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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The Duke of Snow and Apples 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. This book had great characters and a great plot. I had a hard time putting this book down.
BookAngelBlog More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.  3 stars Honestly I started reading this, got five pages in, decided that the girl was bratty and I stopped. I eventually went back and I am glad that I did. I didn’t have a moment while I was reading it where I was like “This is good”. Instead it was more “That was good” once I actually finished. The girl got less annoying as the book progressed, but it did take a while. She is a character that you have to have patience with. I still didn’t totally like her by the end, but she was tolerable.  One thing to note is that this is a CLEAN romance. None of certain scenes. Also while I thought it was a historical romance, its not. Not really. Its more like the children of fairies and humans in a weird timeline that you won’t understand. I really wish there had been a prologue or something explaining all of this. I was thoroughly confused throughout the book because I didn’t think the back history of the people was explained well.  The guy was a complete martyr to the point that he got annoying. His self-loathing was intense and completely unjustified. I just wanted him to own what he was instead of having all that self-hatred.  I don’t want you to think I didn’t like this book. I did. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I would have been ok if I had paid for this, but I don’t think I would read another book in this series. 
Paperback_Wonderland More than 1 year ago
Reading fairy tales retellings is one of my favourite things in the world... ....when they are well executed. And yes, that's what happened here! First of all, this is much more than a (lol) Snow White/Cinderella fairy tale retelling. This is a Three In One! (...first book I've ever read that managed to make a whimsical and apparently impossible genre conjugation work!) _Fairy Tale Retelling; _Historical Romance; _Fantasy. And it works flawlessly!! That story's first page is/was...(wow.)..masterfully written. Here was I, thinking that I was reading something entirely different, and all of a sudden I get hit with a sylph! People started talking about salamanders and sylphs, and I was: I am sorry...what?? Isn't this an historical romance? It is! But with a fantasy background to it, which I loved. Brilliant Idea!! The characters I loved the inversion of roles that we see here! It's not everyday _in fact I think this was the first time I ever read something of the type _ that the "classic" Cinderella/damsel in distress role is given to the guy! Besides that, and accordingly to the role performed by Frederick, is is Charlotte who is given the alpha role. She is a force to be reckon! In fact do not trust her around apples! “Did you just hit me with a rock?” “No,” said Charlotte, avoiding his eyes. “Did you just hit me with a rock?” “No.” “You hit me with a rock!” “It wasn’t a rock!” Charlotte brought her wandering gaze back to his. Fortifying herself with a haughty sniff, she said, “I hit you with an apple.” The plot Interweaving a great number of diverse and well developed characters, _some of them that remind us of other fairy tale characters like the fairy Godmothers or the Huntsman _ with a fresh new fantasy background _the Gnome chase? Loved it! _ the author also didn't forget to insert the expected Cinderella (Snow white) more known elements... There's the expected ball, disguises, and no, the guy doesn't lose one of his shoes...but he does lose something much more important. But Frederick is much more than a ...Cinderella, Snow White or even a Snow Queen, I mean King. And Charlotte is much more than a insignificant prince /princess, heroine taking her time to perform the great rescue. Confession time: I read most of this story, with a big goofy smile on my face _ and I have been steering away from romances in the last couple of months..so that is saying a lot _, but I loved seeing those two as a couple. I loved the way their relationship evolved, and the fact that in that, neither of them were idiots to not see the obstacles in front of them. But then we get to the last third of the story, in which we were supposedly busy trying to figure out something...but then that something is not that difficult to guess. Except to our heroine and hero, (lol) which ends up being not very flattering to them! And that is why I am giving a four, instead of a five star rating to this story ;) To finish: Go...read this book! Spread the word about this book (and pester your friends about it), and most importantly, just be ready to fall in love with this story. Oh, and I've just read on the author's twitter that there is going to be a SEQUEL!! ;)
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 3 stars Frederick Snow is in hiding from the life he left behind when he was he was 15 years old…away from the terrifying secret he keeps. He has powers…powers that can destroy a person to the point of leaving them as nothing but a shell – the Gray takes over and slowly destroys them, until they die, just like his mother and his gameskeeper, Farnsby. Which is why since then, he has been living a secret and private life as a footman for Lady Balrumple. He keeps his identity and his powers a secret from everyone to protect them from the Gray, and himself. That is until he’s assigned to the long estranged great-niece, Charlotte Erlwood. He is intrigued by the young lady, but ever careful not to become too involved with her, for fear of the Gray. At first she is indignant to him, treating him like a true servant, but she eventually comes to look forward to seeing him – if even just in the dining room or in passing through the halls. As their affections for each other grows, they realize just how careful they need to be – as Charlotte is a lady, and “Freddy” as she calls him, is a lowly servant with nothing to offer her family. So when her sister comes for a visit, along with the Duke of Snowmont and his companion Sir Bertram – and they bring a part of Frederick Snow’s life to light that he thought he’d be safe from…the Gray. But can Frederick love Charlotte and keep her safe from the dreaded Gray? [POSSIBLE SPOILERS} This is a great love story – I really liked how they were willing to give up everything to be together. The problem I had with the story is the “fae powers” that everyone seems to have are never fully explained. People just HAVE them – as they are apparently descendants of the fae – but it’s never explained WHY or HOW they kept the powers, or for that matter, what exactly Fredrick’s powers did. I thought that Charlotte was a strong young lady, looking for her life to begin, and someone to share it even if it means marrying someone that she doesn’t love yet. She wants security and safety…and while Freddy is neither of those things, he still manages to win her heart – but will it be enough? I think with a little improved background, this could be a 5 star book for sure – the story is there, just didn’t quite come together like it could have.
cattouch More than 1 year ago
This is not your regular regency type story..In this one everyone has the use of magic to some degree, for everyday things, such as changing hair color, having curls, or making yourself sparkle etc. Fredrick believes his magic is a curse and that it hurt everyone he loved so at 15 he ran away. He takes a job at Charmant Park and has worked there for 10 years working his way up the servants ranks. He's now first footman and chosen to serve Lady Balrumple's favorite niece Charlotte. She threatens his composure to stay 'cold' and away from emotion, so he trys to help her attract a husband as fast as possible. They end up becoming friends and feeling easier in each others company. Fredrick's stepfather shows up with the new 'Duke' and he's finally unmasked. There's confusion, a mystery to solve, an engagement, hurt feelings and a rescue.This is a good story but it took me a little to get into it....some phrases and descriptions were confusing at first.The characters are interesting and this has an interesting twist on the typical type of 'regency'. Good basic story line
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Frederick Snow is the first footman at Charmant Park. He does his job efficiently and with no emotion. That is until he meets Miss Charlotte Erlwood. She is running away from her sister who is now engaged to the man she wanted. Frederick is running away from his responsibility and his magic. Are they fated to be together? Elizabeth Vail wrote a very inventive story. I loved the way she mixed magic with a regency setting. The trolls and the wind-sprites added to the mystic feel. Freddy and Charlotte bond even though he is a servant and she is one of the Pure Blooded. Their banter was touching and made me care for them. The plot had some surprising twists that I didn't expect. Elizabeth Vail wrote a great story that combined a passionate romance with a magical realm. The Duke of Snow and Apples was a nice change of pace. I loved this book.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Frederick has been hiding as a servant for many years. He is actually a Duke but he must hide from those that would see him harm and use his powers. He has a powerful magic but does not use it as it could take a life. He just wants to live his life and do his job but when he meets Charlotte that all changes. She is there to find a husband and at first treats Freddie as she calls him awful. She then decides to use him to help her land a rich husband. They two gradually begin to care for each other. A person from Frederick's past shows and they both will have to use their powers to keep Frederick's powers from killing someone.  This was an enjoyable story that I liked. I didn't love it as I could not connect to the characters. I liked Frederick more than I did Charlotte. He just wants to keep his power under control and not hurt anyone. Charlotte at the beginning is to me rude, snobby and seems to have many sides. She is selfish at times but then wen around some people she throws on the charm to try and get what she wants. She does have a change in her actions later in the book. I just never did grow to love her. It seems all in this book have some kind of power and I liked the magical part of the book. there also wasn't any instant love and fall right into bed and that was great as well. If you like fairy tale retellings you may enjoy this one.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
Set in a magical land reminiscent of Regency England, Frederick Snow has served Lady Balrumple of Charmant Park for over ten years, keeping a tight rein on his thoughts, emotions, and magical abilities. But when he meets Lady Balrumple’s grandniece, Charlotte Erlwood, that infamous control comes crashing down. Spirited, intelligent, and a little selfish, Charlotte stirs Frederick’s long-suppressed emotions. As Charlotte and Frederick begin forming an unlikely friendship, others gather close to Charmant Park. Others that could expose Frederick’s secret and threaten the peaceful life he has built in Lady Balrumple’s service. Once Charlotte and the other guests learn his secret, will they ever look at him the same way again? In a refreshing twist, Frederick Snow is actually the focal point and primary character in this romance. As a footman serving in the household of Lady Balrumple, Frederick is handsome and able to perform an array of necessary duties that keep Charmant Park running smoothly. He keeps his thoughts and opinions to himself and his emotions behind a wall of ice. But instead of coming across as broody or boring, Frederick is actually quite passionate and sympathetic. As a reader, we see the emotions bubbling under the surface and Frederick’s struggle to keep those emotions (and accompanying magical powers) under control. He quietly supports Charlotte from behind the scenes while battling his own inner demons and we can’t help but root for him as he learns more about his powers, his family, and Charlotte. Charlotte is, unfortunately, another story. Charlotte was very difficult to sympathize with at first. In fact, I outright disliked her for at least the first quarter of the book. Actions and traits Frederick found charming, I found selfish and borderline abusive. Thankfully, as she began to relax and open up to Frederick, she became a more charming character. Selfishness turned into loyalty and a feisty personality. I really wish we could have seen that side of Charlotte earlier in the book, but it certainly made for a wonderful character growth story. By the end, I liked Charlotte and believed she was now the person who deserved someone like Frederick. The magical elements to the story were unexpected, but enjoyable. While it certainly places this story in the realm of fantasy, the magical elements are not so overwhelming that you’ve got to flip back and forth to figure out what’s happening. Rather, it provides the backdrop for an essential plot point and then is largely there for comic relief. There were times I even forgot this was supposed to be a magical realm. The Duke of Snow and Apples is certainly different from the typical romance novel. Something akin to Regency England meets Walt Disney-style fairytales. Very enjoyable. I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review