Enchanting, evocative and enthralling – Eowyn Ivey’s atmospheric The Snow Child

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Mabel and Jack move to the middle of the wilderness for a new start, trying to get past the grief at their childlessness. Their struggle against the elements and to overcome the distance that has grown between them fades briefly for a night where they madly make a child out of snow. And soon Faina appears, a child seemingly at home in the winter. She becomes a beloved part of their family, but her mystery, origin and future cause tension for their family and for Garrett, the son of their only friends, who falls in love with her.

This is one of my favourite books I have read in the last couple of years! I love the mixture of myth and reality, the immersion into and interest of living in the harsh climate, the beautifully painted characters and the thread of mystery that runs through the book.

The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton

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The Luminaries

This was a fascinating book. It had been hovering on the edges of my conscious asking to be read so when I was going to visit friends in Frankfurt for a few days I decided to order it for a little fun, light reading. When the book arrived it was bigger than my head, but I took it anyway. And was very glad I did.

The story begins with the entrance of Walter Moody to a roomful of twelve men of varied character, who are pretending to not be gathered for any purpose at all. The setting is a New Zealand Gold rush town, and it transpires that all of them are connected to a curious sequence of events that included lost gold, the death of a man, the disappearance of another and the apparent suicide of a prostitute.