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"I really enjoyed this book. I had never heard of the fairy tale this book was based on before. The main character was relatable to me and I really enjoyed her personality. I am a huge fan of Norse mythology so all the references were very exciting. Good book that I think has a lot of Scandinavian culture in it."
"Here is the blurb.....Rose has always been different. Since the day she was born, it was clear she had a special fate. Her superstitious mother keeps the unusual circumstances of Rose's birth a secret, hoping to prevent her adventurous daughter from leaving home... but she can't suppress Rose's true nature forever. So when an enormous white bear shows up one cold autumn evening and asks teenage Rose to come away with it--in exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family--she readily agrees. Rose travels on the bear's broad back to a distant and empty castle, where she is nightly joined by a mysterious stranger. In discovering his identity, she loses her heart-- and finds her purpose--and realizes her journey has only just begun. "
"I read this book at age 11 and randomly kept remembering small passages for years after until I found it by pure chance on ThriftBooks last year. This is a larger and fuller version of the old fairy-tale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon". Rich with details that we could only image from that old story, this book will linger on the mind and subconscious for years to come! Includes: polar bears, trolls, magic, curses, weaving, dancing balls and true love. #fantasy #fairy_tales_and_folklore #fantasy_and_magic #adaptations "