Dancing On Snowflakes (U)

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Chaperoned at every turn, Katya O'Barry's horizons have been limited. So when her exasperated parents pack her off to her uncle's house in Stockholm in the spring of 1899, they have no idea what mischief their decision will cause. Katya sets out to experience the whole of life, from the fairytale castle of Valholm, hereditary seat of a dashing young count, to the wretched tenements of the poor. Along the way she learns important lessons - about independence, responsibility and love.

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When Katya Oberg of Dublin falls for a scoundrel, her parents decide to pack her off to her aunt and uncle in Stockholm. But Katya never appears at her relatives' house. Instead, she sets out on her own in the Swedish city and finds lodging with Rose, a fallen duchess who seems to have been intimate with many a nobleman, and Max, a rich, gossipy man-about-town who takes it upon himself to enlighten Katya about how a proper lady in 1898 should behave. This, not surprisingly, involves a double standard for men and women, but quickwitted, spunky Katya breaks most of the rules of class decorum: she imbibes alcohol, argues with gentlemen in public and finds a job at a local hotel. There is some charm in Macdonald's careful descriptions of clothes and interior design, and in the aimlessness of the plot-many scenes consist of almost random, though entertaining, gossip between characters-but the charm runs out when Macdonald (All Desires Known) tacks on a forced ending involving Katya's rescue by the flatly portrayed Count Hamilton. The ending works against what the novel sets out to do: affirm Katya's emerging independence from her parents and her sharpened insights about the men who pursue her.
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Katarina O'Barry, banished by her Irish-Swedish parents from their Dublin home to relations in Stockholm to curb her infatuation with an unsuitable suitor, makes a successful bid for independence and has some incredible adventures along the way. With the help of some newfound gentlemen friends, she secures a position in a hotel as a language instructor. For the sake of appearances, she allows an aging duchess to share her quarters. This chaperone with a most entertaining memory offers sage, though sometimes ribald, advice. Katarina's passion for self-reliance widens her romantic choices, and she flirts with a visiting English novelist, a Swedish count, an assistant manager of the hotel, and an incredibly handsome, though mad, socialist revolutionary. Macdonald has chosen a glorious setting, nineteenth-century Stockholm on the brink of the International Exhibition, for some convention-defying fiction. Denise Perry Donavin

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Book Description Ulverscroft Large Print 1-Jun-95. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. LARGE PRINT, Ex-Library. Nice book! Very mild wear on pictorial cover, a few library stamps, no marks in text. From Publishers Weekly: When Katya Oberg of Dublin falls for a scoundrel, her parents decide to pack her off to her aunt and uncle in Stockholm. But Katya never appears at her relatives' house. Instead, she sets out on her own in the Swedish city and finds lodging with Rose, a fallen duchess who seems to have been intimate with many a nobleman, and Max, a rich, gossipy man-about-town who takes it upon himself to enlighten Katya about how a proper lady in 1898 should behave. This, not surprisingly, involves a double standard for men and women, but quickwitted, spunky Katya breaks most of the rules of class decorum: she imbibes alcohol, argues with gentlemen in public and finds a job at a local hotel. There is some charm in Macdonald's careful descriptions of clothes and interior design, and in the aimlessness of the plot-many scenes consist of almost random, though entertaining, gossip between characters-but the charm runs out when Macdonald (All Desires Known) tacks on a forced ending involving Katya's rescue by the flatly portrayed Count Hamilton. The ending works against what the novel sets out to do: affirm Katya's emerging independence from her parents and her sharpened insights about the men who pursue her. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal: Katy O'Barry, nee Katarina Oberg, is banished from her parents' Dublin home in 1897 when she falls madly in love with the wrong person during her social season. She's to stay with her strict, straight-laced aunt and uncle in Stockholm. With the help of male and female acquaintances, some more bizarre than others, Katy manages to go out on her own, maintain her integrity as a Victorian maiden, learn about growing up, and fall in love with the proper person. Macdonald's (To the End of Her Days, LJ 7/94) style resembles a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta with sardonic twists; MacDonald fans will love this romp. Most libraries will want to purchase. Alice DiNizo, Raritan P.L., N.J. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. Bookseller Inventory # 12465

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