The Gift of the Snow by Anne Brooke
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (9 pages)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Lavender
When Andi moves into her new house, she knows from the outset that it’s different. One autumn night, she discovers how different it is when she wakes to find that her past, and the woman she left behind so long ago, aren’t quite so far away after all. Will she succumb to her own fear of the unknown or will an old love be strong enough to protect her?
This is a story that starts with a little bit of mystery and ends with a little bit of magic. Andrea, “Andi” lives in an odd house with an Inuit name meaning “Frost”. In this short story, it’s shown early on that Andi has a heart, making her a likeable character. Andi is single, in her early fifties, so has a bit of maturity, which she’ll need for the adventure ahead of her.
This tale has a storybook style to it, creating an air of mystery with its old-fashioned presentation. It’s a bit wordy, even for such a short story, and some telling rather than showing is seen throughout, giving it an on-the-surface feel at times, but it is suspenseful. Weird things happen, making it unpredictable. What direction is this story going to take? Will it turn into something scary, something magical etc.?
Mystical, sensual details at times add some up-close sensations. These could have been spread out throughout the whole text.
A reader may find her or his self asking often, “What is this?” or “What’s happening to Andi?” It’s very strange. Andi shows courage, facing the mysterious creature. Near the end, the reader discovers that she had a female lover. Negative memories come back to Andi; then these melt into something nice. There is a bit of sensuality in these memories, adding a touch of spiciness to the story. Symbolism is used well here, and the tale has an interesting ending.
It’s an unusual story, not like many others of its genre.