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Book Review – The Snow Child: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey

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Book Review The Snow Child: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This is one of those books that got added to my To Read list because it showed up on a blog I read on Pinterest.  I was attracted to it purely by the title – and without knowing a thing about it I added to my list.

And I loved it.  Sweet, sentimental, a bit whimsical and yet believable I couldn’t put it down.

Ivey takes us to 1920 Alaska where Jack and Mable eke out an existence trying to farm the desolate and barren Alaska land where they have come from “back east” to homestead.

Not your typical homesteaders, this married couple in their fifties is childless and searching for something they don’t even know what.  Mable feels a failure for not being able to have children and she is lonely and wants nothing more than to live a life of solitude.  Jack struggles to farm all on his own, with no sons to help and no money to hire help.

One night the couple has a moment of happiness and joy, and in an unusual move they build a snow child in front of their cabin, complete with dress, hat and mittens.  They laugh and enjoy the infrequent happy moment.

The next day the snow child is gone, but they begin to spot a small blonde child running and hiding in the woods.  Here is where the miracle of this story begins.  Part miracle, part providence, who knows how or why this couple, this little girl and eventually their neighbors come together to make a family.

The ending both sweet and sad, brings together the powerful ties that bind life in a remote wilderness and how family is what you make it, if you can.

Five stars for The Snow Child ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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