April Snow by Lynn Steward is the second book in her Dana McGarry series. Having met Dana in the first book of the series – A Very Good Life – we are reminded of her upwardly mobile career in fashion merchandising at a prestigious New York City department store. We now encounter Dana, newly divested of her cheating husband, as she begins a brief but much-needed respite from her life. She opts to spend her time in London, where she tries to get her head back into place. While there she meets by chance a priest who will become her spiritual adviser. But like any creative person will tell you, a creative mind never sleeps. And while on vacation Dana not only comes up with a winner of an idea to take home but also learns that her nemesis – a woman named Helen who is her immediate supervisor – has once again shot down a boutique that Dana had conceived.
Upon her return to New York, Dana is drawn to a man named Mark with whom she’s worked for the last four years. A casual dinner, then another, soon lead to a full-blown romance and Dana finds herself in love. She and Mark conceive of a way to introduce Dana’s creativity into the staid and stodgey department store while working around Helen. Seems like everything is coming up roses for these two. Until an unexpected turn of events and a accident that puts someone’s life at risk turn things around once more and Dana’s dream world comes crashing down. Will she be able to pick up the pieces?
Set against the backdrop of New York City in the 1970s, April Snow is a steadily moving story that will captivate and charm the reader. Ms. Steward’s descriptions are spot on – especially for this reader who is quite familiar with the New York of the seventies. While reading the first book of the series is always desirable, in this case it is not necessary. April Snow is a fine stand-alone book. The character of Dana McGarry is complex. She is at times aggressive in her career goals and at other times quite the young, somewhat naive girl where love and marriage is concerned. At the book’s conclusion, the reader is left wanting to find out what comes next for Dana McGarry.
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