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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
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Apr 25, 2012

it was amazing

While reading THE SNOW CHILD by EOWYN IVEY, I had many thoughts about acceptance, disappointments, miracles and letting go. Jack and Mabel live in Alaska. They are an older couple who lost their only baby to death. Jack and Mabel live with that pain daily because having a child would have been one of their happiest moments fulfilled. Still, life must go on without what they would have desired most in life. They have a friendly relationship with the couple and their son, Garrett, who live nearby. One day while playing outdoors Jack and Mabel make a snowman and make Snow angels in the snow. Then, a miracle happens. A snow child is born who can breathe, talk and love. She likes to share anything from the forest like berries and baskets, etc. It's not long before the couple give the snow child a name. They name her Faina. Faina becomes just like a daughter to them. She becomes the child and grown-up they have always wanted for many years.

While I read the novel, I became lost in the miraculous appearances of Faina. Was she real? Esther, the neighbor, didn't think so. She had never seen hide or hair of her. However, I became lost in the world of Jack and Mabel. I began to think Faina had to be real. Who could hunt and kill animals like her? Who could survive such hard winters? Didn't she have to be real? She had a father. Jack had seen him. There is a thin line, I think, between fantasy and truth.

As I continued to read THE SNOW CHILD A NOVEL by EOWYN IVEY, I began to feel reality step back in place. I suppose when a heart's desire comes so easily it can disappear just as easily leaving the lesson that with happiness must come a time of letting go. However, in the letting go there is always a gift left behind to help scale the obstacles. EOWYN IVEY wrote about this in this way.

"He took hold of Mabel's hand, and when she turned to him, he saw in her eyes the joy and sorrow of a lifetime."

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Reading Progress

April 13, 2012 –
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April 25, 2012 – Started Reading
April 25, 2012 – Shelved
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90.67% "Have been dealing with small real life situation. So I am behind in my reading....All is well now.::)"
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100% "I'm finished The Snow Child by EOWYN IVEY."
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April 25, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Jennifer Lane Great review! I also loved the question: is Faina real or a fairy tale?

Blue I knew you had read it. We like the same type of books. Has this author written other books? Thanks for reading my review and commenting.:) Made me happy.

Jennifer Lane I looked up Eowyn Ivey and it looks like her other book is out of print but she has one coming out in 2016.

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