Last week, I went on a trip and found it so much more difficult to find some quiet reading time! Luckily, I managed to do a ton of reading on my 4 hour flight.
Anyway, I read “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey, and while I enjoyed it, I found it lacking in some ways. Basically the book follows a middle-aged to older couple (Jack and Mabel) who were unable to have their own child. They moved to the wilderness of Alaska to try to farm the unforgiving land, in 1920.
On the day of the first snow, Mabel and Jack get a little frisky, and decide to play around in the snow, building a snowman, a little girl. They carve her a face, give her clothing, etc. The next day, the snowman is knocked over, and they spot a little girl hiding in the woods, looking very much like the snow child they built.
Mabel remembers an old tale about a snow child, and believes that this little girl might be a real-life version of that story.
As Jack and Mabel get to know the girl, a few major questions arise: Is she real or made from the snow? Is she going to suffer the same fate as the snow child from the tale?
I enjoyed reading this book and was enthralled with the questions about the girl, and what the ending would be like, but I was not impressed with the ending. It was a little anti-climactic for me. This book is definitely more for the female readers, a little sappy, but not too sappy where it’s wimpy. I was actually disappointed that the end did NOT make me cry, as I was expecting the entire book. Maybe that’s why I wasn’t as thrilled with the ending.
All in all, it was an enjoyable read, and apparently a lot of people disagree with me about the ending because on Amazon it is ranked 4 and a half stars and Goodreads people said it was almost a 4. So, check it out for yourself!