Snow Falling, Jane Gloriana Villanueva: Book Review

Straight out of a telenovela!

Snow Falling Jane Gloriana Villaneuva book review
Snow Falling Book Cover Snow Falling
Jane Gloriana Villanueva, Caridad Piñeiro (Ghostwriter)
Adams Media
November 14th, 2017

It’s been a lifetime (and three seasons) in the making, but Jane Gloriana Villanueva is finally ready to make her much-anticipated literary debut!

Jane the Virgin, the Golden Globe, AFI, and Peabody Award–winning The CW dramedy, has followed Jane’s telenovela-esque life—from her accidental artificial insemination and virgin birth to the infant kidnapping and murderous games of the villainous Sin Rostro to an enthralling who-will-she-choose love triangle. With these tumultuous events as inspiration, Jane’s breathtaking first novel adapts her story for a truly epic romance that captures the hope and the heartbreak that have made the television drama so beloved.

Snow Falling is a sweeping historical romance set in 1902 Miami—a time of railroad tycoons, hotel booms, and exciting expansion for the Magic City. Working at the lavish Regal Sol hotel and newly engaged to Pinkerton Detective Martin Cadden, Josephine Galena Valencia has big dreams for her future. Then, a figure from her past reemerges to change her life forever: the hotel’s dapper owner, railroad tycoon Rake Solvino.

The captivating robber baron sets her heart aflame once more, leading to a champagne-fueled night together. But when their indiscretion results in an unexpected complication, Josephine struggles to decide whether her heart truly belongs with heroic Martin or dashing Rake.

Meanwhile, in an effort to capture an elusive crime lord terrorizing the city, Detective Cadden scours the back alleys of the Magic City, tracking the nefarious villain to the Regal Sol and discovering a surprising connection to the Solvino family.

However, just when it looks like Josephine’s true heart’s desire is clear, danger strikes. Will her dreams for the future dissolve like so much falling snow or might Josephine finally get the happy ever after she’s been dreaming of for so long?

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.

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Rachel Gonzalez
the authorRachel Gonzalez
Staff Writer
Rachel is a writer from Arizona who recently finished her BA at Northern Arizona University. Her four years in a mountain town got her a degree in English coupled with certificates in creative writing and literature and minors in journalism and anthropology. Her passions outside of reading and writing include RuPaul’s Drag Race, film and fitness. She loves YA fiction and comedy and hopes to turn those two loves into a novel in the near future. Favorite books: Looking for Alaska by John Green—actually, everything by John Green, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini