The Snow Sister
Blurb Ever since her sister, Agnes, died, Pearl has a tradition every time it snows. She makes a person out of snow. A snow sister. It makes Christmas feel a little less lonely. On Christmas Eve, her father receives a letter about a long-lost relative's will. Is their luck about to change? In anticipation of a better Christmas, Pearl goes to beg credit at Mr Noble's grocery to get ingredients for a Christmas pudding. But she is refused, and chased down the street where she is hit by a hansom cab. The snow is falling so hard that they can't take her home. She'll have to stay at Flintfield Manor overnight, in a haunted room... Will Pearl make it home for Christmas?
I have bought a few of this author’s books (even though they are children’s books) as I love the covers and this one especially caught my eye and looked like the kind of book I would have read as a child.
Pearl lives with her mother and father and misses her dear sister Agnes terribly after her premature death.
They live very simply and there never seems to be enough food or money to buy food. Every time it snows, Pearl makes a snowman (or rather a snow sister!) and finds her late sister’s shawl and puts in on the snow sister so it makes her feel closer to Agnes.
Pearls father receives a letter from a solicitor about a relative’s will. It says he must go to Bath immediately as he will benefit from his late uncle’s will. Is Pearl’s luck about to change for the better?
Meanwhile, Pearl is sent to the local store to buy all the ingredients for a Christmas pudding. As she is leaving the store the owner stops Pearl in her tracks and tells her if she has no money, then she will have no goods. In that split second she decides to make a run for it with the ingredients, but without looking where she is going, she gets knocked down by a horse and cart and is taken to Flintfield Manor which is owned by the carriage’s owner.
Poor Pearl is very badly injured and desperately wants to get home for Christmas to be with her parents. Will she make it in time?
This is a lovely story and one that you can read in a day (only 100 pages). There are also some absolutely stunning drawings in the book. I am definitely going to be reading more stories from this author.
In the meantime, I am sending my copy of the Snow Sister on to my Great Niece who also loves to read.