This post contains spoilers for Snow Falling and the TV series Jane the Virgin.
For a diehard fan of Jane the Virgin such as myself, being able to hold the story Jane had spent so long writing is just shy of a religious experience.
Before Snow Falling, I had never ventured into the foray of romance novels, but now I might have to reconsider the genre entirely. Snow Falling is a wonderful read for both fans of the TV series and those who have for whatever reason not yet immersed themselves in such a rich story, as it evokes all of those same emotions as it’s on screen counterpart: passion, sorrow, fear, intrigue.
Even though it is a romance novel it isn’t over the top with bodice ripping and swollen manhood. If you’re cracking this book open expecting Danielle Steele, lower your sex-pectations. There are, of course, scenes of passion but what this story focuses more on is the HEA (Happily Ever After) aspect of the romance genre. We have to grapple with Josephine’s feelings for these two wonderful men right alongside her as she tries to listen to both her heart and head.
Snow Falling definitely doesn’t over do it on the sexy, instead it stimulates the reader with a finely crafted mystery and plenty of suspense. The pregnancy isn’t so shocking, unless you can really get in to a 1920’s mindset, but the thrill of the Sin Sombra case was thrilling. The twists and turns of the mystery that had suddenly engulfed our heroine’s life culminated in a way that was very different from the series but altogether beautiful, true to Josephine’s character and the key to their HEA.
As a fan of Jane the Virgin, I found my biases hard to overcome when it came time to basically relive the first two season of the show in 240 pages. Being so connected to these characters before even opening the book was something of a blessing and a curse for Snow Falling. Curse in that not everyone gets an HEA by the end of the book, but a blessing because we get to reexperience Jane’s story.
In all, this fictional retelling of fictional events is vibrant, heartbreaking and satisfying in ways that let it stand alone from the TV show it was brought to life from.