Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Snow ChildAlaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before. When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land, each is filled with wonder, but also foreboding -- is she what she seems, and can they find room in their hearts for her?

There's something about this book, something so completely and utterly enchanting that it becomes nearly impossible to put down once picked up. You delve into the pages and are engrossed in this wonderful story that you never want to escape from.

The Snow Child is about Jack and Mabel, a couple in their fifties who after the loss of their stillborn child 10 years previously and the loneliness of their life without children, decide to move to Alaska for a fresh start. One snowy night, they build a child out of snow. Then in the following days, in what seems like a coincidence, they see a girl running through the forest, just like their snow child.

For months and months, I was uncertain as to whether I wanted to read this book or not - because it is historical fiction - a genre I don't get on too well with - but I'm so glad I did. If you hate historical fiction, if you hate fairytale retellings, then I implore you to read this because it will change your perspective completely.

This essentially is a fairytale retelling of a Russian fairytale (which is brought up in the book several times), and it is done beautifully. The characters are so well developed and whilst they love each other dearly, you can see the strained relationship of Mabel and Jack, as well as the friendships that are formed, so clearly that they seem real.

I only have one criticism for this book - it could have been shorter. Whilst it is brilliant, it wasn't necessary for it to be 400+ pages. But nevertheless, it was stunning and I cannot recommend this highly enough.

Thank you to Headline for sending me this copy for an honest review.

Holly x

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