Review: Frozen by Mary Casanova

Name of book: Frozen
Author: Mary Casanova
Publication: September 1st, 2012 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Provided by the publisher

Sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose hasn’t said a word in eleven years—ever since the day she was found lying in a snowbank during a howling storm. Like her voice, her memories of her mother and what happened that night were frozen.
Set during the roaring 1920s in the beautiful, wild area on Rainy Lake where Minnesota meets Canada, Frozen tells the remarkable story of Sadie Rose, whose mother died under strange circumstances the same night that Sadie Rose was found, unable to speak, in a snowbank. Sadie Rose doesn’t know her last name and has only fleeting memories of her mother—and the conflicting knowledge that her mother had worked in a brothel. Taken in as a foster child by a corrupt senator, Sadie Rose spends every summer along the shores of Rainy Lake, where her silence is both a prison and a sanctuary.

One day, Sadie Rose stumbles on a half dozen faded, scandalous photographs—pictures, she realizes, of her mother. They release a flood of puzzling memories, and these wisps of the past send her at last into the heart of her own life’s great mystery: who was her mother, and how did she die? Why did her mother work in a brothel—did she have a choice? What really happened that night when a five-year-old girl was found shivering in a snowbank, her voice and identity abruptly shattered?

Sadie Rose’s search for her personal truth is laid against a swirling historical drama—a time of prohibition and women winning the right to vote, political corruption, and a fevered fight over the area’s wilderness between a charismatic, unyielding, powerful industrialist and a quiet man battling to save the wide, wild forests and waters of northernmost Minnesota. Frozen is a suspenseful, moving testimonial to the haves and the have-nots, to the power of family and memory, and to the extraordinary strength of a young woman who has lost her voice in nearly every way—but is utterly determined to find it again.

-- My Rating --

-- My Thoughts --

     I love unpredictable things, unpredictable books, unpredictable movies, unpredictable answers; anything, really. So, when I read the blurb of this book, I couldn't predict anything from it, so I gave it a shot. This book was really unpredictable, but not all in a good way.
     Sadie Rose has lost her mother, eight years ago. She only remembers glimpses of her past life, the life when her mother was alive. She has lived with the Worthingtons ever since her mama died. Mrs. Worthington seems to care about her, and Sadie Rose loves the two servants, Aasta and Hans. That should have been enough, but is it?
     When Sadie Rose discovers some photographs of her mother in the Wothington's house, she's shocked and determined to know the truth about her mother's death. What helps the most, though; is that Sadie Rose is beginning to remember how her life was like before, her glimpses are becoming more of memories.
     So, Sade Rose starts on an unpredictable adventure to find the truth about her life, and to remove the covers on the lies she has been told her whole life. On her journey, she meets many new friends: Tiffany , Victor, and the lovable Owen. She also discovers many secrets about her life, and about her true family.
     What has her family been hiding from Sadie Rose? What will she discover on her quest? Will she find true love in a hopeless wreck? Find out much more when you read this heart-wrenching story, Frozen...
     I liked this book very much. Mary Casanova has written a story about self-discovery, betrayal, and the power of families. This story has a beautiful premise, the storyline is that of uniqueness, but I felt like the author missed some points in the book. Like: The descriptions were too overwhelming, they covered far too much of the book, and left no room for imagination.
     Most of the characters were realistic, but some were two-dimensional. I felt like most of them didn't have true motives or reasons for what they were doing. Plus, I didn't like Sadie Rose very much, I didn't relate to her. I had no real idea why she were doing what she was doing. It was unaccounted for.
     Although this book was unique and touching, I found a few aspects that weren't to my liking. This book might appeal to fans of historical fictions and contemporary romance. You will never find out if you like this, if you don't try it first. So go ahead, and grab a copy!

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