Fear of Falling (Secrets in the Snow, #2)by Roz Marshall Published 20 Nov 2013
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Fiona Easton is a contradiction - a ski instructor who's scared of heights and a passionate woman who's afraid of intimacy. Recovered from a life-altering heartbreak, it's time for her to return to work at White Cairns Ski School in Scotland.
But a lost child, a legendary Scot and an approaching blizzard force her to face her fears, and re-examine her dreams. Dreams which are hanging by a cobweb-thin thread...
"Fear of Falling" is the 2nd novella from the 'Secrets in the Snow' series about a Scottish snowsports school.
Whilst this is a stand-alone book, you might enjoy reading the series from the first episode, "Winter Arrives". Episodes 3 - 5, and 3 short stories are also available. The series will complete in 2015 with Episode 6.
"Fear of Falling (Secrets in the Snow, #2)" Reviews
I purchased Fear of Falling by Roz Marshall and this review was given freely.
This suspenseful excerpt features Fiona and indicates some tragedy in the recent past for both Fiona and for Mike as well as Fiona's fear of heights. The answers are finally provided at the end.
Fear of Falling is the second instalment in Roz Marshall's addictive new White Cairns Ski School series, but don't be fooled into thinking you need to read the first book to dive straight into this little gem. Each episode seems to serve as a stand-alone story, and while there seems to be an over-arcing plot emerging, each 'episode' has its own self-contained story. Reading the first book will certainly provide you with some insight, but feel free to give either way a go!
In this 'episode' we are introduced to a new protagonist (who does feature in 'episode' one), Fiona, a ski instructor at the school. When instructing a class of school children, one of her charges goes missing in a storm, bringing up a whole host of recent traumas for Fiona, who is determined to find him. But in her determination to save the young child, she puts herself in peril, as the slopes often hide hidden dangers that remain unseen until it is too late.
Again, Marshall's writing is something to be marvelled at; she manages to fit in so much action and emotion but weaves it in a way that you barely notice your heart jumping into your throat until it's there and thumping hard. A fabulous talent for giving just enough information to intrigue and drag you along for the ride makes this a truly compelling read - I just HAD to know the answers!
Much more action packed than the first - what I would call 'introductory' episode - this will certainly appeal to new readers. Not only would I recommend this to those who have read and enjoyed the first episode as a continuation where you will delve further into characters who you have met before, I would recommend this as a stand-alone short story for lovers of sporting/action books everywhere.
I love the way each episode helps the reader learn more about different characters. Fiona has such a mothering instinct. A girl in her group doesn't want to participate and Fiona coaxes her into it but talking to her and figuring out the issue and a solution. When a child is lost in her group at the start of a big storm, she does what she can to rescue him. I love the way this ski team really seems like family. They care and look out for one another and that relationship is very endearing.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
A great story, following on from 'episode 1', with the same characters, but a different focus, so that other characters come to the fore. In this adventure, Fiona takes centre-stage, and we find out a little more about her story - can't say more than that really.
These stories do stand-alone, but work best read in order for the character development.
I'm starting to develop favourites and also hoping for certain storylines to come out in a certain way. Looking forward to episode 3!
I have quickly fallen in love with the series of short reads. Each one gives you a little clue into a different characters life at the ski resort. This short is very heart warming and will quickly pull you in. I recommend this series to anyone if you like skiing or not! WaAR
I received a copy of this book as a gift from the author and this is my honest and voluntary review.
In Fear of Falling, the second in the Secrets in the Snow series, Fiona has to overcome her deepest fears to find Johnny, one of her skiing students who has gone missing. I did find that I became agitated when the story jumped backwards and forwards to other characters in the series as I really wanted to know that Fiona was going to find Johnny, but through it all, the story in fact brought out facets of the other characters lives, which did satisfy the mother in me. As the saying goes, "every cloud has a silver lining", and although Fiona had to go through an enormous ordeal, she found answers to problems she didn't even know she had.
Fear of Falling is part of series, however this episode can be read as a stand alone. It has a satisfying ending.