Poignant. That is the word that best describes this short story. It captures the loneliness of a deformed man ebbing and flowing like the tide with the coming and going of a snow goose and a beautiful young girl.

Gallico does a masterful job of bringing the briny marsh to life, along with the deep feelings of Rayader and the awakening love in Frith.

Besides enjoying quality writing, readers of The Snow Goose will gain a sympathy for the disabled, an appreciation for migratory birds and an introduction to World War II history.

This is a quick read, engagingly written. But it has a sad ending. Perhaps that is the way it had to be.

Recommended for teens and adults.