I can't give this wonderfully written story 5 stars because it was just too damn depressing and ended to abruptly. Heck the first chapter has the heroine trying to kill herself. The story evokes such feelings and emotions of what this older couple is experiencing in the Alaskan wilderness. I felt as if I was right there suffering with them. I liked the suspense in the first half of the book regarding Faina and if she was real or a snow fairy. But once Faina and Garret meet everything changes and the story becomes rather predictable. I saw the ending coming a mile away and I was disappointed when the story suddenly jumped years into the future with absolutely no explanation.