The Snowflake Hardcover – 1 Oct 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
`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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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.
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!
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!
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.
By: Jamie Carie
Published: B& H Books
Source: Purchased Copy Gene:Christian Romance
Christmas 1897. Ellen Pierce and her brother are determined to reach the Alaska gold rush. But when ice stalls their steamship, all seems lost, until Buck Lewis makes a decision: he'll lead all who dare to follow on foot toward Dawson City.Buck is determined to leave behind a heartbreaking past. No amount of ice or weather will stop him. But he never counted on a woman joining a dangerous wilderness trek--or on falling in love with her.As their journey unfolds and Christmas approaches, Ellen and Buck discover that the greatest gift of all can't be wrapped in paper and tied with a bow. It comes from, and is received in, the heart.Come share in a soul-deep romance that gives a joyful reminder of a redeeming God who makes us each unique, yet loves us all the same.
This was a touching story about a brother and sister who set out to be part of the Gold Rush. Being stuck on a stream ship and ice-locked they decided to venture out on foot with a part to make there way.This trip will make you or break you its not for the faint at heart and the most enduring will survive.Ellen is living in hell with and abusive brother and this trip is not making it any easier as he is a weak individual and not only does she have to survive herself she has to look out after the brother who should be looking out for her. She made a promise to her mother to take care of her brother but, in doing so has sacrificed a life of her own.On this trip Ellen sees a glimpse of hope in there guide Buck perhaps there is someone out there who will love her after all.
I had mixed feelings about this book whether to give this read 3 or 4 stars. Ellen loses her brother along the trek to safety and nearly her own life. Once in town she is taken in by a women Kate who owns a brothel and nursed back to health.My problem with the story I guess is I did not like the turn of events that happen once this party reached safety.Here is a young frighten girl left alone in the world to fend for herself without anyones help. It seemed that once they were to safety she was on her own a know one to look out for her.They all seemed to have built a friendship and a closeness on the trip and Buck obliviously seem to care for her just up and left without seeing her settled first all the sake of hunting the killer of his dead wife!
Ellen's belief and God and her kind heart and spirit saw her through her trying time. No matter what has happen to her she hasn't lost faith in God and is still wishing for her happily ever after.A touching story of endurance.Just proves that only the stronger survive.You had to love Ellen with all her strength and compassion for others this story could have ended and totally different way.