I wanted to really love this book. After reading the reviews, I hoped I would find myself so immersed in Alaska & the characters lives but overall, it just didn't do it for me. I did enjoy the story. I thought it was well written and the narrator was very good but I think my expectations were set too high after reading the reviews.
I enjoy historical fiction, humor, and biographies. I listen to my Audible books as I drive in my car or on my IPhone.
I loved the description of Alaskan terrain and the idea of living there during this era.
The Ice Maiden.
This was a lovely book that just wanders. Even though you have to suspend your disbelief or try to really understand what is happening. It is little odd. Not sure whether it is fantasy or not. But if you just go with the flow it is lovely, like a fairy tale.
magical, absorbing, beautiful
All of the characters were strong and memorable. All were well developed.
A book to listen to when you need a story to carry you away. A story that will make you forget everything going on in your life. Magical and beautifully read. Highly recommended.
Really enjoyed this story about Alaska in the 1920's and the dreams and wishes of a childless couple.
Tell us about yourself!I am an avid reader but enjoy listening while waking to work, ironing, doing dishes, etc. Listening to novels is an entirely different experience than reading; a well narrated story is a cross between drama and written fiction. Listening to books on Audible has been a wonderful experience.
The story and the setting were interesting and kept me coming back daily however it was too far-fetched in the end to be anything other than fantasy. Fantasy is ok but not my favorite genre.
Her variations of each character gave them distinction without seeming forced. Brilliantly done!
Stirs up lots of emotions, depending on your own life experience.
Although I immensely enjoyed the writer's talent, I wish I had a different mindset before beginning this book. You MUST let yourself go into fantastical thinking, wonderment, longing, "fairy tale retold" kind of thinking. If you want a clear ending you'll have to get it from your own creative mind, which you are brilliantly led into by the author. This is what was so interesting about this book. I can't say enough about the writing. It has unique characters that you grow to care about, without actually knowing too many details about them. But they were oh-so relate-able. Loving, letting go, loving again, letting go again...and then another love. It certainly goes beyond flesh and blood. How can anyone endure such emotions? Because the love outweighs the loss.The Emily Dickinson quote (did you find it?) just made my day, as that is one of my all-time favorite quotes. Looking forward to the author's next offering and until then, I made give this another listen.
This book was fascinating in many ways. First, I don't know much about the lives of the pioneers who settled Alaska and this was a beautiful description of what it must have been like. Second, the integration of a Russian fairy tale about a elderly couple and snow child into this stark, harsh world was incredibly appealing. It made the short, dark days and depression of the main character open up. Through out the book, the author seems to want the reader to decide for themselves if the snow child is really a child formed from a snow figure built by the couple or if she is an orphaned little girl with uncanny powers.
The telling takes you on an interior journey of the main character as well as a journey through the stunning Alaskan seasons. I know what I think about the snow child . . . but you have to decide for yourself.
This is a good story with beautiful descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness with a little bit of magic thrown in. Well done!
It seems a simple story. It is not. The events spin about, clarifying and confusing all at once. I could relate to all the well developed, solid and realistic characters. It's the girl that I can't get out of my head or heart that haunts me. A gentle, dynamic book that can't really be explained....you just have to read it. Enjoy.