The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivery
Based loosely on a Russian folktale called the Snow Child or Snow Maiden, this story tells the bittersweet tale of an older couple who move to Alaska in the 1920s to work off the land.
After losing their only child as an infant the subsequent grief takes a toll on their relationship. During an early winter snow, the couple builds a snowman and dresses it as a young girl. The next day when they wake up the snowman is gone. Soon after, a mysterious girl appears and befriends the couple. They are concerned for her welfare as she disappears into the woods after visiting them and despite gaining her trust, she refuses to stay with them.
Several other interesting characters are introduced and their relationships become intertwined in the story.