I did not expect to be as drawn into this story as I was, expecting a fairy tale but getting so much more. I was very caught up in the characters lives, and the images and imaginings of living in Alaska.
The narration was excellent, but the plot loses steam within part one. I'd often find my mind straying and eventually looked forward to just completing the book. The story could have been told in less time and just failed to maintain my interest.
I loved the incorporation of the fairytale into the story of the couples attempt to work through their grief over the death of a child. It was sad at times but so honest in the way both the husband and wife had dealt with their grief differently over the years and what finally brought them together at the end. Bittersweet but ultimately the couple find joy in the future, family and each other again.
I don't always like books that walk the tight line between reality and fiction---but this one does it beautifully. The mystery of the book--the question of who the snow child is--is so very subtle, that the premise becomes believable. Up until the end, I did not know how much to believe. I certainly did not predict the outcome.
The narration was also perfect for this book. A smooth, even, non-dramatic tone. This book will haunt me for awhile. So beautiful, emotional, heart-breaking and thought-provoking.
I don't know why this book got such good reviews. I was bored until the last few chapters, when it picked up. The story is pretty preposterous. The only reason I found it at all interesting is because I used to live in Alaska and I enjoyed the descriptions of the trees and flowers, the vast wilderness, and the seasons in the far north, recalling my time there.
Loved the characters, the mystery surrounding the snow child, and how the story played out. First book I've listened to in awhile without any villains. None needed. It's a story of heartbreak, loneliness, and a powerful need fulfilled. Not for young children but great for early teens to adults.