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Apple Pie and Spiders: Review of While It Was Snowing by Elyssa Patrick

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Title :  While It Was Snowing
Author: Elyssa Patrick
Date Published: March 20, 2014
Language: English
Buy Links: Amazon
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Felicity Evans and Harry Walsh have been best friends forever, but lately, Felicity has noticed the looks Harry has been giving her. And she’s going to do something about it. Sex solves everything, or so she hopes. But she never knew Harry was a virgin—until now. Being snowbound in a Vermont cabin is the perfect opportunity to take things to the next level . . . and perhaps dare to lay her heart out on the line.


Like all romance novels, its about opening you heart and taking risks. But in While It Was Snowing, it is done with
a cup of humor, a teaspoon of heat and a whole batch of whip cream.

Elyssa Patrick made such a good contrast between Outspoken Felicity and nerdy, geeky Harry.  She used it very well to emphasize how different they are and yet how great they go together. It is a very welcomed reversal of roles.

I loved how it was Felicity who tried to do everything to charm Harry. Yes, sometimes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, with some caramel apple pie, maybe. Felicity is the stronger character, and that her being a woman with curves is non issue. Then she hatches that crazy plan plan to confess. Perfect, in her head, but not perfect in execution.

But Harry, the insecure virgin, who reads romance novels (Nicholas Spark, to be precise. How can you not love him?), had to just say no. Harry is such a sweet character, who absolutely worships Felicity. But his fear of losing his goddess holds him from opening his heart to her, thus a hilarious 16 page contract outlining how things should be.

And I truly felt for Felicity as the difference between how they want to go about achieving what they want comes to a climax, each unable to accurately say what they want and what they truly feel. It was also such a touching scene as Harry imagined a future without her.

While It Was Snowing is a great novella, with a lot of humor and a lot of teasing. Set in a cabin in the middle of winter in Vermont,  the cold temperature perfectly contrasts the warmth of Felicity and Harry’s love. It is absolutely true love between them, for true is the love of a man who sacrifices his book to kill a spider for the safety of a woman (says this book lover who’s writing the review). Its about taking that next step after friendship, because there are just some things worth jumping into with our eyes closed.

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Elyssa Patrick is a former high school English teacher who left the classroom to write contemporary romances and New Adult. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.


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Author: Lorn (pakwanstripes)

Yogi, book lover, comic book reader, cat moma and diabetic :)

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