Eleven five-star reads: My top books of 2014 – number 5

I have read 11 books this year that I have given the full five stars to. This is the fifth, and seems a fitting choice for Christmas Day…

Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Snow ChildMabel and Jack, a couple in their late 40s, move to Alaska to be on their own. Still grieving the loss of a stillborn baby 10 years before, Mabel wants solitude and to be away from Jack’s family who blame her for their childlessness. But life in Alaska is hard and the couple are unhappy. Then one cold evening it snows, and Jack and Mabel build a little snow child, complete with mittens and scarf…

I thought this book was beautiful and the cold scenery is described in such vivid detail that you can feel the chill. It is fairytale-like in parts and not much happens – it is very slow moving – but this for me was part of the beauty of the story.

Title: The Snow Child
Author: Eowyn Ivey
Publication date: 2012
My Shelfari rating: Five stars *****

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