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  • Hardcover: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433669366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433669361
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
I hadn't realised when I picked up this book that it was an `inspirational' story - which is the American term for Christian literature, I gather. When I realised I wasn't too confident I'd like the story - my British mentality likes certain things to be kept relatively private and faith is one of them. I've read a couple of `inspirational' novels before and they've been toe-curlingly in-your-face about Christianity with characters behaving most weirdly - they would have made me run a mile in real life.

`The Snowflake' wasn't like that, fortunately. There's a thread of faith running through the story but it doesn't go overboard and people don't behave bizarrely; instead, it's a backdrop to their lives as they try to survive in what is a hostile and frightening part of the world.

The story is set in 1897 during the Alaskan Gold Rush. Our heroine, Ellen Pierce, is travelling with her brother, a violent and controlling man, to stake out their claim. However, the steamship they are on gets stuck in the ice and a small group of passengers decides to try to walk to Dawson City rather than spend the winter on the boat. Led by Buck Lewis, the sort of chap one clearly wants in a crisis like this, they set out on the two week march. Not all goes well on this march, and when the bedraggled group finally arrive at Dawson there are still problems to be overcome.

I particularly liked the unusual plot direction when Ellen arrives in Dawson and her rather singular new friend. I was expecting rather more disapprobation about the behaviour and life choices of some of the characters in the book but the author seemed to have an understanding of human nature, of loneliness and more. Although a romance, I felt that side of the story was actually secondary to the message about people and their worth and the need to drive away loneliness. I enjoyed reading about life in Alaska and the variety of people one might meet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Heartwarming Christian story 26 July 2010
By Carol L. Hoefs - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I accidently got sent a Advance Reader Copy of Jamie Carie's novella by
I started reading the story about Ellen Pierce and could not put the book down.
Ellen's story is of pain, feeling lost and alone, and also, a very heartwarming inspiritional story.
Jamie Carie has another hit with this novella.
If you want a heartwarming story to lift your spirits to know God is with us no matter what the circumstances and everyone deserves to have love in their lives, then The Snowflake is just that book.
When I turned the last page and realized the story was done, all I could think was "I want more".
Jamie Carie's books does that every time you read one of her books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Alaska Gold Rush and Romance 1 Dec. 2010
By A. Whipple - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Snowflake takes place in Alaska in 1897. The cold during the gold rush is not stopping Ellen Pierce's brother from making the trip with Ellen at his side. Even when unexpected loss comes, Ellen perseveres.

Buck Lewis heads the expedition as he tries to leave behind his own past, but eventually realizes that he cares deeply for Ellen.

The first half of the book made the label "Christian Romance" seem unwarranted, though I saw into the book enough to predict a bit. The first half seemed more of an adventure! I appreciated how The Snowflake by Jamie Carie painted a realistic picture of depression and did not make the position of a "dancing girl" out to be awful, though I'm sure not all dancing girls had Ellen's same goals. As a dancing girl, Ellen used her position to pray for the men she danced with. She also agreed to take the position if her boss (and friend) would read the Bible with her.

This was my first look at the Alaskan gold rush, and I would have liked to have read even more details about it in this book. As a novella, with well-developed characters, that wasn't really possible.

The relationship between Ellen and her brother was awful. Full of manipulation, it really showed Ellen's strength and courage. This was a good book, and a short read even if predictable. It definitely held my interest and I would recommend it to others.

This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A sweet holiday novella...just right for relaxing on a cold evening! 10 Nov. 2010
By K. L. Haschke - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This short novella tells the story of Ellen Pierce and her brother, who are en route to reach the Alaska gold rush in 1897 when their steamship is stalled in the ice. Buck Lewis, another passenger, leads those who are willing on a dangerous wilderness trek to reach Dawson City. Ellen and her brother join the group. Ellen, as the only woman in the group, must struggle to survive, and then make her own way in an unfamiliar Alaskan frontier town. The story switches between Ellen and Buck's perspectives as they each struggle with the circumstances they find themselves in and their growing attraction to each other.

The Snowflake was a quick, enjoyable read. It's a sweet, inspiring story, and Ms. Carie did a great job of portraying an Alaskan frontier town. I felt that both the plot and characters could've had a bit more depth, but then again this was not meant to be a full length novel. I thought the discussion questions at the end were a great feature and found them quite insightful. All in all, I think this little book makes a great way to spend a cold evening after a busy day this holiday season, enjoying a cup of something nice and warm.

Thanks so much to Julie Gwinn at B&H Publishing for providing a review copy to me!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sweetly Romantic 11 Mar. 2011
By Courtney - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Jamie Carie has really done an amazing job with the character depth in "The Snowflake". This was an amazing book!! It captured my soul right from the beginning and had me eager to keep reading.

It was Christmas of 1897 and Ellen had lost pretty much everything important to her in her life. She was traveling with her brother Jonah to reach the Alaska gold rush. When tragedy stuck the boat they were on they decided to travel to Dawson City on foot with her brother and some other men aboard the ship. They met all kinds of struggles along the journey. She soon became close with a man named Buck! Buck had his own heartbreak to deal with too but a connection still formed. All Ellen wants this year for Christmas is to not be alone, will that wish come true?!

I really connected with the story of Ellen and Buck. Sometimes when you go through a tragedy it is hard to see what God's plan is for your life and it's hard to have faith when you've been shaken so badly. I've never been so involved with the characters as I was with this book, in some parts my heart felt torn and broken and I literally cried and other times I rejoiced when they rejoiced!

This book is full of surprises, amazing love, God's faithfulness and grace!! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a sweet romance and a story of God's healing power and forgiveness, you will not be disappointed. I am new to the world of reading. I just enjoying reading, all the time and now I can't stop! I had never heard of Jamie Carie before but I won this book from an interview she did on a blog and I was clearly not disappointed!! I am excited to read the other books Jamie Carie has wrote!
A Short, Sweet Read 12 Feb. 2011
By Katie Garvin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Snowflake took me by surprise. From the cover of the book, it looked like a sweet book about giving and having the Christmas spirit. However, only a few pages into this book and you discovered that it is far from this. Its 1897 and Ellen has been all but forced by her brother to journey with him to Alaska during the goldrush. When their ship becomes frozen in the waters, Ellen and her brother set out with a handful of others to trek across the territory to reach Dowson City. Buck Lewis, a man who has guilt riding firmly on his shoulders, heads the expedition. With Ellen the only female among them, he decides to keep an eye out for her along the way. But Ellen perseveres and pushes on right along with the men to reach Dawson before hunger and the cold claim her.

This is a sweet story about a young woman's trek across Alaska soil and of her survival once she reaches Dawson City. I was instantly drawn into the story with Jamie's descriptive writing. My heart when out to Ellen, trapped in a life of caring for a brother who scared, harmed, and degraded her at every turn. And once she reached Dawson City, her troubles were far from over.

There is almost nothing that I need to point out. At one time along the trek to Alaska, Buck holds Ellen close against him near the fire after she almost died that day. When the men all huddled together to stay warm that night, she remained beside Buck and shared his blanket. Nothing inappropriate happened and when you are cold to the point of nearly being frozen, propriety and proper behavior is thrown at the window - its stay warm or die. Once she reached Dawson City she ends up staying in a brothel until she regains her strength. She was sick for days after reaching the settlement so didn't notice. But as soon as she did, she left the brothel. She ends up being a dance-hall girl, but of respectable character - all she was paid to do was dance with the men who came into the parlor for drinks. Jamie did a great job of writing these touchy subjects and keeping the book clean.

The love story between Ellen and Buck was rather sweet, if a little hurried. Since the novella is so short, I can understand why it went so quickly. Buck's promise to Ellen and the way he keeps it is so touching and sweet. Ellen knew she had found a diamond in the rough when he kept his promise to her, even though it had cost him a lot to do so. The characters in The Snowflake were developed very well and I enjoyed learning about the characters throughout the book. If you want to snuggle close to the fire for a few hours and read a sweet story full of depth and love, then this is just the book for you!

I reviewed this book for B&H Publishing. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
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