Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Story Time . . . THE SNOWFLAKE by Jamie Carie

I was privileged to get to read The Snowflake by Jamie Carie before it released, and now that it's available I'm excited to share this awesome Christmas story with you.

The Snowflake

The ice has closed in on their steamer, winter has descended on the frozen north in full power . . . and there's still a long way to Dawson City. The call of the gold rush is strong enough that many of the men on the boat are willing to brave the tundra for their stake, but when Ellen's brother insists they join the team that will dogsled into the Yukon, Ellen doesn't know if it's their best chance at life or certain death. But she knows one thing—Buck is leading the sledding team, and for some reason, she trusts him. Maybe, just maybe, they'll survive till Christmas. And maybe, just maybe, this year Christmas will be worth celebrating.

Buck can't believe the man with the strange glint in his eye has dragged his beautiful sister into this kind of situation, but he's determined to keep her safe—as he couldn't do his wife. He already lost one woman to the dangers inherent in this land. If he has to break his own rules to keep Ellen safe, then he will. Even if it costs him his heart.

Not since the work of Jack London have I felt so a part of the Alaskan wilderness. Jamie Carie has taken a dangerous journey through rugged terrain, tossed in two soul-weary sojourners looking for renewed intimacy with the Lord, and crafted a love story as delicate and startlingly beautiful as a snowflake.

The heroine, Ellen, combines vulnerability with strength of character in a way that made me love her immediately. Tied to her mentally-ill brother all her life, she's never known anything but sacrifice. When she begins to see that the Lord loves her, sacrificed for her . . . ah—a sweeter creature you'll be hard-pressed to find. And Buck! I love a strong, noble hero, and Buck delivers. Haunted by past mistakes, he's nevertheless a man of limitless heart—the kind who, even when struggling with his own faith, manages to show others the love the Lord has for them.

The Snowflake is a short read that will stay with you a long time. You don't want to miss curling up with this heart-warming story on a cold winter's night this holiday season!

1 comment:

  1. What a great review! Sounds like one to add to my "to read" pile.