My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I knew if the simple but magical, textured cover was anything to go by, I would love this book. I was right. Part fairy-tale, part tale of frontier survival, I was enchanted by both the beautiful snow child and the childless couple that she she ‘adopts’. The couple’s desperation for a child and the snow child’s yearning to be running free provided a tension which pulled through the whole book.
It is the kind of book that makes you hold your breath, waiting for the heartache. When it inevitably comes, it is softened. There is some peace. The edition I have also includes a delightful tale by Arthur Ransome which inspired Ivey’s book. Atmospheric, ethereal and emotive, this is a story that will stay with me for a while.