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Takes readers on an epic journey into the heart of the Arctic--and into one of history's most fascinating mysteries--to tell a breathtaking story of faith, courage, and a mother's indomitable love.In The Ice Child, Elizabeth McGregor takes readers on an epic journey into the heart of the Arctic--and into one of history's most fascinating mysteries--to tell a breathtaking sTakes readers on an epic journey into the heart of the Arctic--and into one of history's most fascinating mysteries--to tell a breathtaking story of faith, courage, and a mother's indomitable love.In The Ice Child, Elizabeth McGregor takes readers on an epic journey into the heart of the Arctic--and into one of history's most fascinating mysteries--to tell a breathtaking story of faith, courage, and a mother's indomitable love. When Jo Harper falls in love with maverick archaeologist Doug Marshall, she also falls into Doug's obsession: the disappearance of the Franklin Expedition. In 1845, Sir John Franklin and his crew sailed two ships to the Arctic and were never seen again. Doug has spent his career in search of what happened to them, sacrificing his first marriage and his relationship with his son, John, along the way. But as he and Jo plan their future together, a shocking accident forever changes their lives. Devastated by the accident, John goes into self-imposed hiding. Desperate to find John, Jo soon learns that his fate is curiously tied to the Franklin Expedition. Haunted by Franklin and his own past, John has ventured into the ice floes of the Arctic in search of answers to what happened to Franklin's crew and to his own life. Unbeknownst to him, a frantic search is on, not only to save his life, but the life of another he doesn't know is in jeopardy....

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ISBN : 9780451410610
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Number of Pages : 438 Pages
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  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2019-05-18 09:25

    Onvan : The Ice Child - Nevisande : Elizabeth McGregor - ISBN : 451410610 - ISBN13 : 9780451410610 - Dar 438 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2001

  • Phyllis
    2019-05-10 06:27

    I loved this book. In the late 1840's the Franklin Expedition left England in search of the Northwest Passage. The two ships, the Erebus and the Terror got stuck in the ice. Present day , Douglas Marshall is hunting for a missing canister on the island where the men on the expedition were last seen. Also present day, a mother polar bear is trying to save her cub but the ice is melting at a faster rate and she must swim farther to find food. This is fiction based on the true story of the Franklin Expedition and goes back and forth in time between England and northern Canada. Well written.

  • Francoise
    2019-05-24 07:26

    The Ice Child shifts back and forth in time between the doomed Franklin expedition to find a Northwest Passage and the life of a modern-day writer who falls in love with a man obsessed with finding the traces of the Franklin expedition, then has a baby who can only be saved by a bone marrow transplant from the man's son who has carried on the father's obsession and is himself lost in the arctic. Oh and there's a polar bear who also travels in the arctic with her cub.As you might imagine, who exactly qualifies as the title's ice child is completely ambiguous and could be any of the characters ranging from the estranged son to the sick child to the writer herself to her husband's ex-wife to the doomed ship's boy back in the 1800's and, yes, even to the polar bear cub. If the image weren't so heavy-handedly forced down our throats, I might not have felt as though I myself was trudging through an arctic wilderness hoping for survival.

  • Elaine
    2019-05-09 09:09

    A fast moving, dual time frame novel, which alternates beween an Antarctic exploration expedition, and the present day dilemna of one of the protagonists who must contact one of the academics concerned with researching the expedition-as a matter of life or death.The novel really wins as it is graphic and poetic in the way it dealas with the hostile and barren landscape-and also in describing the depths of despair and anguish suffered by so many of the characters for one reason or another. I must admit to thoroughly enjoying the scenes which covered the time of the original expedition. We see the expedition through varying eyes, and there is a huge amouunt of information and details about the hardships they suffered. Full marks to McGregor for her rigorous research.The conclusion was virtually inevitaoble-but it all tied together very satisfactorily,bringing together the various disparate threads, in a heart stopping conclusion.

  • Gilda Felt
    2019-05-05 09:32

    Ever since reading Dan Simmons’ The Terror I’ve been intrigued by the Franklin Expedition, so anytime I run across a book that gets anywhere near it, well, I’m there. And this book does a wonderful job of intertwining the Expedition, and those who lost their lives there, with those who spend their lives trying to unlock the secret of their fate. At the same time, both those in the past and those in the present are brought brilliantly to life.Meticulously researched, it’s almost as if you’re there with Franklin, his second in command, Crozier, Augustus Peterman, a young boy aboard the Terror, and the rest of the crews of the two doomed ships.And the Ice Child? You’re never told outright, but you have the choice of Sam, John, Augustus, or even the polar bear cub whose life is also intertwined with that of the Marshalls’. Actually, he gets my vote.The book gets my highest accolade. I plan on keeping it, because I know it’s one I’ll want to return to again and again.

  • P.A. Pursley
    2019-04-27 03:15

    I have always been fascinated by the John Franklin Exhibition to find the Northwest Passage since reading Dan Simmons' book "The Terror." I picked up this book because it was also about someone obsessed with the ships and the men of that exhibition. Elizabeth McGregor paints a beautiful story of two children suffering through impossible circumstances: one aboard the Terror and one set in today's time. It was a beautifully written story and one I will read again. If you like history and stories of beating impossible odds - this book is for you!

  • Cdoming3
    2019-05-13 05:30

    What a fascinating book. At first, I couldn't tell what it was - comedy, drama, suspense… but the stories (at least three that I can identify) are interwoven beautifully and I fall in love with each story as a new chapter begins. It tells the story of an arctic expedition it the 1800's, a modern day, love story and several others interwoven throughput. I highly recommend it.

  • Brandy
    2019-05-11 10:32

    A flawless must read! It's like having 3 Stories In one that intermingle nicely. Travel through time & go on a journey full of unknowns. If you like winter, travel, family, exploring, or need a vacation from a busy sched this book is your destination!

  • Henriette
    2019-05-24 07:24

    The first half of the book was wonderful and than it becomes a bit dull. You can see where the story goes. A bit more suspense could have safed the end.

  • Andrea
    2019-05-18 10:24

    This is an excellent book. The three intertwining stories were easily kept straight. I really enjoyed this read and definitely recommend.

  • Magpie
    2019-05-03 07:36

    Cheryl 2017

  • Don
    2019-04-28 06:28

    dont know if read...added September? 9/19/2008

  • Rhonda Pumphrey
    2019-05-04 09:28

    I really, really liked this book, more than I expected really. There are really 3 different stories going on here, and while I do not think that the "modern" story concerning Jo, Sam and family could necessarily stand on its own and be as interesting to me, it was an interesting thread throughout the novel. I DO think the author did a really good job humanizing the crew of the ill-fated Franklin Arctic Exploration of 1845. The author admittedly puts it out there in the final note that a good portion of it was conjecture as not enough real and/or conclusive evidence has been found to support some of the theories, but she takes a subject most females at least would find boring and makes it very interesting, to the point where I'd actually like to learn some more about it, which thankfully Ms McGregor provides several references. I think this one is a keeper on my bookshelf.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-13 10:28

    I enjoyed this book very much. It seemed to be researched very well and the descritions of locations and expeditions that occurred made me feel as though I were there. I liked hearing about how explorers of those days had to deal with the terrain and extreme weather conditions. How they sacrificed so much for the knowledge that we now have today. While this novel is a work of fiction a lot of the details of the arctic exploration was rooted in real facts. The book reflected back and forth between the mid 1800's and present day which I thought was very well done and the common thread between both time periods tied together very well. What a wonderful story containing suspense and drama love with heartbreak and struggle with the relationships in the book, but it has a hopeful conclusion. The ending is worth the wait.

  • MrsKrueger
    2019-05-08 08:35

    Ich habe mich persönlich zunächst schwer getan mit „Das Eiskind“, denn der geschichtliche und thematische Hintergrund (die Franklin-Expedition) war für mich ein komplett neues Feld, das ich betreten habe. Aber als ich mich mit einigem Anlauf ins Buch eingefunden und eingelesen hatte, folgte ich dem Geschehen sowohl in der Vergangenheit als auch in der Gegenwart sehr gerne und war angetan von den vielen lehrreichen Fakten, die ich mit dabei herausnahm. Alles in allem war Elizabeth McGregors Roman definitiv eine gute Lektüre, die vor allem durch einen eher unkonventionellen historischen Background und Schauplatz besticht, die sich jedoch im zwischenmenschlichen und emotionalen Bereich durchaus noch steigern kann.

  • Hazel McHaffie
    2019-04-23 05:32

    When reporter Jo Harper falls in love with archaeologist Doug Marshall, she also becomes absorbed by his obsession: the disappearance of the Franklin Expedition in 1845. But when her son develops a potentially fatal blood disorder and needs a transplant, the race to discover more about the past and its consequences becomes much more urgent. I bought this because of the medical element but actually found the historical component more interesting. At times the constant swing from tragedies in the early ninetieth century to those in the twenty-first became hard going. But maybe that's because I was trying to have a holiday at the time!

  • Punk
    2019-04-27 10:26

    Man, I am on a roll with picking up books that jump around in time, have dozens of characters, and bore me to death.This novel is nominally about Arctic explorers (The Franklin Expedition trying to find the North-West Passage! Modern explorers trying to find the remains of the Franklin Expedition!), but it's also about a journalist and a polar bear and a photographer and the kid of one of the explorers and yet none of them have any personality. The third person omniscient is sloppy, the characters are flat, and the infodumps are long and awkward. It's all very plodding and dull.Stopped reading on page 104.

  • Janice Kenefick
    2019-05-22 10:11

    A thoroughly enjoyable and compelling read with three plots! An amazing feat to pull it all together. The author alternates the present day protagonist's quest to save her child with a running account of the Franklin expedition, told by a 16-year-old sailor and the story of a mother polar bear’s dedication to her cub. The descriptions and narrative made me feel like I was there in each one. When the book first came out, the polar bear story seemed the least of the three plots but on re-reading it now, at a time when polar bears are threatened by climate change, this is so poignant.

  • Barbara ★
    2019-05-11 06:18

    I enjoyed the first half of this book detailing the arctic exploration and the polar bear seemingly following them. When the second half unexpectedly morphed into a fight to save a 2 year old's life from a rare life-threatening disease worse than Leukemia, I completely lost interest. Don't get me wrong, the book is okay but I tend to stay away from these topics as they are way to depressing to be reading for pleasure.

  • Gerry
    2019-05-07 05:34

    A modern-day romance develops with unexpected rapidity between an Arctic explorer and a journalist sent out to cover a story. That story is interspersed with the tale of Franklin’s ill-fated quest for the Northwest Passage in the mid-1800’s and a series of cute but puzzling vignettes about a female polar bear and her cub. Enjoyable reading, very touching in parts, but somehow does not all hang together as well as it might.

  • Pbwritr
    2019-05-20 07:31

    Quite an interesting book. A famous scholar/explorer goes missing. A reporter interviews his family and eventually falls in love with him when he's found. Intertwined with the current story is the past history of the ship that disappeared that the explorer was trying to find, and that his son wants to find to prove himself to his dad. All kinds of family dysfunction in the present. Weirdly interspersed with chapters about a polar bear and a cub--not needed.

  • Poppy Fields
    2019-05-08 05:14

    I thought this book was brilliant. I picked it up on a whim and couldn't put it down. I am not a big history fan but I learned so much about the Franklin Expedition from this book and found it facinating. I loved the way she weaves the past and present together so seamlessly in the story. The characters are so well developed and likable. I thought the whole premise was really clever and I highly recommend this book. It is great on audio as well.

  • Becky
    2019-05-03 06:37

    VERY unusual, unique. Three stories told (one based on a factual account of The Franklin Expedition's hunt for the Northwest Passage)interspersed. It was a bit hard for me to get "into" the book, but I persisted and found myself engrossed---particularly in the adventures and fate of The Franklin. Incredible.

  • Kim
    2019-05-24 03:15

    I read the readers digest version so it was just cut down to the essentials. Toward the end I was really wishing that I'd waited and read the whole book. There are essentially 3 related stories being told throughout the book and the author sometime makes the parallels between the stories too blatent but over all it was a great read.

  • Belinda
    2019-04-24 04:30

    Roman in twee delen. Eerste deel gaat over twee mensen los van elkaar. Het tweede deel van de weduwe van een man. Een weduwe met een zoontje die dringend de hulp van zijn half broer nodig heeft. Maar na het ongeluk van zijn vader is hij spoorloos verdwenen. Zullen ze hem op tijd vinden. Ontroerend op zijn tijd. Veel humor en mooie beschrijvingen.

  • Felicia
    2019-04-27 03:11

    i read this book at the same time i started Deception Point & found it interesting that both books had an arctic theme...this was not intentional on my point, but created an interesting focal point for me as i would flip flop back and forth between the two every few chapters. i found this to be heartfelt and also fascinating from a historical stand point ~

  • Karen
    2019-05-09 07:18

    Charity book shop buy. The story was a bit thin but I really enjoyed the history lesson about Capn Sir John Franklin. I am a huge fan of Ernest Shackleton, Amundsen and Scott but didn't know much about Franklin. I will soon cos I bought a book :o)

  • Jan
    2019-04-26 09:12

    A well written, well researched narrative that manages its story from present day to the 1845 disappearance of the Franklin expedition without too much whiplash. Admittedly, I was more enthralled by her telling of the artic expedition and trials they faced.

  • Haleth
    2019-05-17 08:37

    Perchè ho comprato questo libro?Mi capita più spesso di quanto vorrei di commentare di alcuni libri che una buona trama è stata rovinata da una resa non all'altezza, ma qui no, qui fa schifo pure la trama. Abbandonato.

  • Kathleen Dixon
    2019-05-02 08:16

    This is a lovely interweaving of a modern story of love found and lost and a child born of it, with an expedition in the 1840s to find the north-west passage. There's also a polar bear who has been tracked for 3 years, and a gradual link of that story with the rest of the modern story.