Eowyn Ivey has written a novel, The Snow Child, that is sure to be a gem for many readers. This is based loosely on the children's novel, The Snow Child, by Freya Littledale. And maybe that's what caught me - I loved it that it was based on a child's fairytale and yet turned itself into a novel that had me riveted from very early on. I was drawn right into the story of Jack and Mabel and their life on the Alaskan frontier. I felt for them when they lost their first child, and I was so excited for them when they had a little girl show up on their property - it just seemed perfect. However, the story takes quite a twist when their little Faina grows up. It was pure fabulousness on the part of Ivey to take the story in the direction she did - she follows the premise of the fairytale, but takes you in a round-about way. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.