Jack and Mabel have moved to Alaska in 1920 to escape the heartache of losing a baby. They struggle to cope with this loss while establishing their farm and simply put food on the table. On the night of the first snowfall, Jack and Mabel impulsively create a snow child. The next morning, the snow child is gone. However, there are tracks leading away from the spot within the snow. Within a couple of days, a little girl appears who is wearing the hat and mittens that had been placed on the snow child. Jack and Mabel develop a relationship with the little girl, named Faina, and ultimately, come to love her as a daughter. The Snow Child, written by Eowyn Ivey, is the story about Jack and Mabel’s love for Faina and what they learn about her.
I was drawn into the mystery of this story right from the beginning. I was intrigued by Faina’s character and couldn’t wait to learn more about her. Was she the snow child that Jack and Mabel made? If not, who was she and how could she survive in the Alaskan wilderness all by herself?? I tried to imagine myself living in the middle of nowhere in Alaska in 1920 and couldn’t relate to the hardship of Jack and Mabel, let alone Faina! Losing two babies myself in the past, I could relate to Jack and Mabel’s intense grief and how they quickly felt the need to care for Faina. This is a wonderfully written story that will keep you glued to the end.
About the Author: Eowyn LeMay Ivey was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters. She worked for nearly ten years as a reporter at the Frontiersman newspaper, where she won several awards. She is now a bookseller at an independent bookstore in Alaska.
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*Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post. I received a free cooy of the book for the purpose of this review. However, the opinions expressed here are my own.