The Snow Gypsy
From the bestselling author of The Woman on the Orient Express comes a haunting novel of two women—one determined to uncover the past and the other determined to escape it.
At the close of World War II, London is in ruins and Rose Daniel isn’t at peace. Eight years ago, her brother disappeared while fighting alongside Gypsy partisans in Spain. From his letters, Rose has j...more
This story follows English veterinarian Rose Daniel on her journey through France and Spain on a quest to finally solve the mystery of her brother's disappearance. The last letter she received from him in 1938 spoke of the need to escape from the little mountain village in southern Spain, and then not another word.
The beautiful scenery, endearing character ...more
Honestly, thi ...more
Lola is a young flamenco dancer who also lost her family in the war. As a gy ...more
I thought this novel was beautifully written...almost poetic at times. Heartbreaking and hopeful I found it hard to put down despite its slow pace ...more
What I liked: It's a good story. I can't say I fell in love with any of the characters, but I was rooting for them and would have never abandoned them by not finishing the book. I liked learning more about the ...more
Good luck 2019 releases surpassing this as one of my favorite reads of the year.
Lindsay Jayne Ashford
Lake Union Publishing, Feb 2019
332 pages, ebook, hardcover, paperback, audible book
Women’s Lit, Historic Cultural Fiction
The cover is very nice with its vivid picture of Lola dressed for the dance against the backdrop of Granada. It captures her intense inward focus while she’s dancing. And it matches the description of the costume in the book.
The story is complex and interesting. One young woman is searching for something. And the other young woman is run ...more
I'm always up for a novel set in a locale I don't know. This book made Spain look particularly enticing (that is, the natural world, not the politics of the time). That said, there was an awful lot of description in the book. It was lovely, but just a lot of it.
In fact, the whole story leaves me a bit perplexed. I'm not sure about the plot--it mean ...more
This is an amazing story of a young English woman on a journey to find her brother in post-WAR Spain. All she has to go on is the last letter she received from him eight years previous. He had been a Republican partisan fighting fascism in the mountains and small villages of Andalusia where he wrote of falling in love with a local girl who was pregnant with their child.
Rose is determined to find out where her brother Nathan is, dead or alive, and having lived with gypsies in the ...more
It's the writing that prevents the book from being great. The prose is subdued and lacks energy. It fails to elevate the moments of action and s ...more
I received this book free from Amazon in the month of January. It was a good book in grabbing your attention to find out the mystery behind her brother. But many of the Spanish lingo was difficult to follow. The book ended quickly which seemed different from the rest of the detailed beginning and middle.
There's lots of food mentioned in the novel and lots of herbal remedies. Ashford based Rose's character on a real life herbalist.
If you like historical fiction, pick this one up.
Couldn't put this book down. I have not read a WWII book that involves Spain. What a devastating war. How could one or two men accomplish such devastation to so many lives across the world. Once again we read of strong women who rise above insurmountable odds. I was able to find a gentle sweetness in this story of survival, loss and love. How it makes me hope the children of our lifetime will never have to endure the ravages of another world war.