My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Date read: March 7 to 10, 2017
A magical & classic fairytale story for adults! (bringing back memories of our childhood)
Sister Read Review by Norma & Brenda
THE SNOW CHILD by EOWYN IVEY is a wonderful, heartwarming, sad, and beautifully told bewitching tale based on a Russian fairytale titled “Snegurochka”, The Snow Maiden a girl who is believed to be half-human and half made of snow. This enchanting story had us both asking ourselves was there something magical happening here or not? Oh, but for us, there definitely was something magical about IVEY’S writing style here.
THE SNOW CHILD captured our imagination as the characters captured our hearts. Leaving us questioning the mysteries surrounding this so real story that had us hovering between reality and fantasy. Asking ourselves if Faina was actually a real girl or a fantasy? Was she a product of their imagination because of their desire for a child of their own? Or was she something magical? This added some suspense to the story as we tried to figure out who this little girl was.
EOWYN IVEY delivers a very vivid story here that gives you an extremely good feel of sense of time and place of these characters homesteading in Alaska. The wonderful feel of the land, their battle against nature, the harsh cold (that actually had Brenda feeling chilled as she was reading) and their isolation. IVEY’S description of life on the farm was very real and we could imagine the battles they endured along with all their hard work to survive.
We both loved the fantasy and magical aspect of this story which made it a thoroughly pleasurable reading experience!
To sum it all up it was a enjoyable, fun, fascinating, and a fast-paced read with a bittersweet ending. Most definitely would recommend.