Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.
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This is a good story with beautiful descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness with a little bit of magic thrown in. Well done!
From reading the reviews both on here and Amazon, I was excited to listen to this. Unfortunately, I found it to be a boring story.
It couldn't have had a better name.
I was torn between what was reality and what may be fantasy for the characters. I was happy the story leaves no doubt. I liked how well the story moved along and just enough description to be able visualize their surroundings.
This is a story that I would have liked to see continue but also stopped at a time and in a way to give you hope that it did just that.
I enjoyed the book enough to look up the author, Eowyn Ivey and found this to be her first book. I hope she has more in the future.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
A beautifully written story of a close to fifty year old childless couple who move to the Alaska wilderness in the 1920s to homestead. It's a fairytale for adults with a wonderful storyline filled with emotions and lively characters. A magical, heartfelt, poetic MUST read.
I wish I could find more wonderful books like this one.
For a debut novel, I think Eowyn Ivey did a great job in writing “The Snow Child.” My dissatisfaction, however, is that I wished it could have stayed a fairy tale throughout.
I liked all of the characters that were developed in the story. I liked the Alaska setting especially. I just did not like the ending of the story. I see, however, that other readers loved the entire story. In my opinion, it would have been a much better novel if it had stayed a fairy tale!
The narrator, Debra Monk, did an excellent job.
I will not hesitate to read another book by Eowyn Ivey, however, I hope that she will write something other than a fairy tale.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Loved the feel and easy pace of the narrator. All the characters felt like you could have lived there and known them.
The story is sweet, touching and just enough of the "out of the ordinary" but not too far out.
The writing is beautifully crafted - a refreshing "read."
Worth the credit and I would look for more from this author.
But oh my goodness I am so glad I did. I was hesitant because I thought it would be more of a child's book. I was so wrong. This is a beautiful written and narrated story. It's about a
couple eking out a life in the frozen extremes of Alaska in the 1920's. Their excruciating sadness at the loss of their own premature baby and the magical appearance of another child. One that seems to have sprung from their hopes and dreams. The narrator has a beautiful patient voice that harmonizes with the gentle but intense story. You'll love this book. Im very partial to action packed mysteries and thrillers but was captivated from the very beginning. I can't wait to see what this author writes next. Ill be waiting…..
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A wonderful love story of a couple who have been desperately trying to have children with no results. After a heartbreaking miscarriage they move from Pennsylvania to Alaska where life is always a challenge just to stay warm and fed through the rough winters. One day when their depression appears to be beyond repair, the first snowstorm of the season starts. In a bizarre moment they find themselves consumed by their inner-child and a playful snowball fight ensues, as the fun and joy continues they decide to build a snowman, when it is finished they both realize that it looks strangely more like a beautiful young girl than a snowman. The next morning the clothes they adorned it with are gone and in the following days, to their disbelief, they start to see a young, blonde girl wearing them. She is timid and continues to skirt around them for many days like a scared animal. Eventually a relationship starts to blossom out of the consistency of unlimited trust. As time goes by they begin to notice that she only appears when it becomes cold and then disappears in the beginning of Spring. They also discover that they alone are the only ones that she will allow to see her or her companion, an illusive fox.
As the years pass hardships and blessings surround our couple as they strive to farm and emotionally flourish in the rugged Alaskan country. Thank goodness for the help and friendship offered up so freely by their salt of the earth, seasoned neighbor family. Over time a wonderful lasting bond grows that takes them all well beyond friendship.
Other reviewers have all had different opinions of the ending. I thought it was solid and beautiful. True characters, wonderful narration, the life of an old fairy tale, hope, faith, unpredictability, and love are all elements of this wonderful listen.
I listened while engaged in a project so it was fine. Too dull for just listening.
Predictable from the first introduction of the protagonist.
The wedding scene.
Movie. Written with screen play in mind, no doubt.
This book was so boring because the character development remained on the level of fairy tale dwellers. It is one thing to write a novel as a fable derivative , quite another to make it as undeveloped as one. It just went for emotional pull, but not from the depth of the story itself, rather from the expectation of stereotyped responses from the reader.
This book was better than I expected it to be. I really liked the slow reveal of the "truth" with the overlay of a magical Russian folk tale that paralleled the characters' situations. Alaska is as much a character as any of the humans, and I think the portrayal of life there in the early 20th century was likely realistic. I listened to the audible version, which is fine, not spectacular. I would love to see an edition illustrated with Mabel's sketches.
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