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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
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Sep 17, 2012

really liked it
Read in September, 2012

It's 1920, and Alaska is a harsh place to try to build a life but that is exactly what Jack and Mabel have done. Having never been able to have a child of their own, the couple now growing older seem to be drifting apart as Jack struggles to maintain the farmland and survive the brutal winters while Mabel suffers from loneliness and depression.

When the seasons first snowfall comes, in a rare moment of lightness the couple build a child out of snow covering her with Mabel hat and scarf. In the morning the snow child is gone, but the couple start seeing a mysterious young girl in the woods wearing the hat and scarf.

At first the girl is a rare sighting, they only see her in the winter months and they speak to their friends about the girl in the woods they are told that no child lives in the area. Yet Jack and Mabel continue to see her and one day she comes out of the woods, and when invited into their home she comes in. The girl says her name is Faina and even though she comes for supper with the older couple, she always leaves and when spring comes she is gone until the following years snowfall...

Mabel's sister sends her a book that their father used to read to them as children about a child made of snow, and to Mabel it almost seems as though the child has stepped right out of the pages of this fairy tale! But the ending in the book is not a happy one and Mabel refuses to believe that Faina is merely something magical and will suffer the same fate, although seems seem to be following the books story line...

Why did I choose to read this book? I blame the book bloggers! A while back I seen this title popping up everywhere and it sounded like a sweet read. When I found it on I had to give it a try.

The Snow Child is everything I hoped it would be. The story line is filled with a richness that takes your breath away. Told in this fairy tale like way I could easily picture the couple so desperately wanting a child that bring one to life out of snow. You could envision the cold long winters of early Alaska and I would imagine being in a small house for months on end with little to do but try to make the food last and stay warm could wear on a person.... but now imagine if you could break up these long days with the chance of seeing a young girl who has become like a daughter to you. You sew coats for her and talk to her and she appears to be everything you have been missing in life.

The Snow Child is a book that makes you believe.
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