The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
10 out of 10
This a beautiful book. I found it by browsing highly-rated books on Amazon. It allows you to read the first few pages and I was hooked. In gorgeous detail, it describes the Alaskan wilderness, and the heartache of an older couple who move there to settle and farm a piece of land. The couple are childless and have moved to Alaska to escape the sadness caused by this fact. One night they build a snow girl and then after finding their creation destroyed, they see a girl wandering in the forest. The author captures the wife's loneliness and heartache so well and ties it into the barren landscape, painting a vivid picture and drawing you in.
The Gable Faces East by Anita Stansfield
7.5 out of 10
When I was in Middle School and High School, I loooved Anita Stansfield and had read all of her books. I wanted to revisit one of my favorites a couple of weeks ago and read The Gable Faces East. It's a prequel to her First Love series, and is a historical epic about love, horse racing, loss, and a little bit of mystery, and is set on a station in the Australian outback. Reading it again, I didn't love it as much as I did when I was younger and there are lots parts that are a bit corny for me, but it's a good read.
...next up: Lord of the Flies