Not the sort of book I would pick up normally, but read for a book group.Concerns a couple who have moved to Alaska from mid america, and have tried for children and tragically lost one. They are finding it tough, and Mabel looses part of her income making it tougher still. After the first snowfall they make a snow girl, and put scarf and mittens on the character. The following morning the figure and the clothing items are gone. They start to see a small figure in-between the trees who seems to float across the snow.They tentatively make contact with Faina and learn to love this child. She comes and goes as she pleases, and the bitter cold seems to have no effect on her physically. Each spring as the snow melts she vanishes and returns in the autumn shortly after the first fall of snow. The son of the family that befriends them, and helps them at their lowest ebb ends up falling in love with Faina.It is part love story, part account of the the harsh Alaskan winter, part account of true friendship and deeply rooted in fairy stories.The writing is beautiful in the book as well. Very good for a first novel.