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The Snow Gypsy

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  15,348 ratings  ·  1,040 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Katie B
I chose this book as my second free pick for January's Amazon First Reads because I was interested in reading a historical fiction novel that takes place in Spain after World War 2. The Spanish Civil War is also a subject addressed in the book and not knowing much about it was another reason I thought this would be a good fit for me. I love it when a book gives me the opportunity to learn something new but unfortunately the characters in this one really dragged the story down and I ended up feel ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The journey

A heart wrenching book. Largely historical fiction. The book showcases both the darkest and brights parts of human nature. As well as a strong will to survive.

The is a 75 to 25 split of the two characters Rose and Lola respectively. Lola's journey is one of survival at 14 year old she has had to survive the worst of humanity, showing more courage and determination than anyone her age should need. Rose's starts out as a search for closure of what happened to her brother. On a chance/fa
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

Set in 1946 England , France, and Spain, The Snow Gypsy is told from the point of view of veterinarian Rose and Gypsy dancer, Lola. I "liked" most of the story but felt it didn't really grab my attention until I had reached the second half of the story. This is when it was more detailed about what happened during the Spanish Civil War and we find out more about Rose's brother. Lola and Ros
Fred Shaw
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Snow Gypsy is a historical novel based on the life of an English herbalist and author, Juliette de Bairacli Levy, who came to be known as the grand dame of holistic herbal medicine for animals and humans.

Our protagonist veterinarian, Rose Daniel, journeys to Spain in 1946, to try and find her brother who was last heard from in 1938, when he went to Spain to fight with the partisans in the Spanish Civil War. Along the way she meets up and travels with Gypsies from the Alpujarras mountain reg
Joy D
Set mostly in Spain in 1946, Rose sets out to find what happened to her brother, who left his home in England to fight the Fascists during the Spanish Civil War. She has not heard from him in eight years. Lola is a flamenco dancer with an eight-year-old daughter she rescued from a massacre of civilians by the Guardia Civil. The two meet up at a Romany Festival, and travel to Spain to search for Rose’s brother.

This book was a mixed bag for me. I liked the friendship between the two women, the des
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
I had the privilege of making The Snow Gypsy by Lindsay Jayne Ashford my first read for 2019, and way to start with a bang! Excellent book!!

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
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought this book has a great story at its core but execution and details could have been better. I really liked reading about this time period and I found myself very interested in the descriptions of gypsy life. However, I didn't like that there were some side stories of the plot that didn't necessarily lead anywhere, which was pretty frustrating; by the end, it felt like parts were missing to tie up some of the loose ends that had been created. The characters were pretty well developed and ...more
Kylie Corley
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There aren't enough words to describe just how much I love this book. It captivated me from the very beginning! The cover is gorgeously captivating. The author brought the book to life with her words and vivid descriptions. This is definitely a book I'll recommend and re-read.
Good luck 2019 releases surpassing this as one of my favorite reads of the year.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave it a go. Really, I read the first 100 pages. A third of the book. It's just not great. I got it as a Kindle first read. I thought the synopsis sounded intriguing. I'm so glad I didn't pay for this book. The author spends the bulk of her writing giving ornate detail to everything- the region, churches, animals, clothing. However, she never builds on her characters. Rose falls flat for me. I kept waiting for her to become this modern, independent woman. Instead, as soon as she arrives to a ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
First time reading this author. I believe I have just read her most recent book, this historical fiction that covers several themes. There is the Spanish landscape to enjoy, detailed artistically, the after effects of World War II for family members searching for answers for their dead, women coping with pregnancy outside of marriage, herbal remedies learned from Gypsy communities, Flamenco dancing and a whole lot of nasty men who behave badly along with a God who is hard to trust.
Honestly, thi
Erin O'Connor {If The Review Fits}
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Bonnye Reed
GNAB This is an exciting story, told very well. We see Spain and her people through the eyes of Rose Daniel, a Jewish English woman borne of a Turkish father and French mother. Rose and her Afghan hound Gunesh spend time in 1936 in and around a gypsy encampment near her home in England, picking up a bit of the language and beginning to understand the lifestyle of the gypsy clans who traveled through her homeland. Separated by prep schooling and her higher education, a degree in Veterinary Medici ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve read several historical fiction novels that take place during this time period, but this was my first time reading one about the Spanish Civil War. Although a work of fiction, The Snow Gypsy was inspired by a real person (an herbalist) and some of her life experiences. We read through the eyes of Lola and Rose - two different yet connected women.

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
I enjoyed this one, and it has stayed with me since I read it. Not because the writing was spectacular, or because the plot was so intricate. I think it was something about being swept up in the music, the gypsy culture, and watching the two women's lives intersect. One who lost her family to the holocaust, and one who was suffering the remaining prejudice of the Spanish War at the same time. At the center of it is a little girl. I found it really interesting, and I enjoyed that the plot didn't ...more
Peggy Warren
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good story, well written, interesting characters. The big turn off for me was the never ending references to animals being used as resources - as a normalized practice. The protagonist was supposed to be an animal lover, but she seemed to have had no reservations whatsoever when it came to exploiting nonhumans for food, clothing, entertainment or labor.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars

I received this book from Amazon First Reads and it sat on my shelf for many months before I decided I would read it during Historical Fiction month. This book mostly covers the time after the Spanish Civil War, but it carries us to the present (2001). I knew nothing about the time period, and much of the locations in this book were completely unknown to me. I thought the author did a great job of painting a picture of both the beauty of the area and the ugliness of the suspicion, evi
Katie Wechtler
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Blah- This book didn't really do anything for me. At first, it felt like a YA title as there was kind of a lack of depth in the main character's development. She just didn't feel authentic to the historical setting. As the book progressed, she grew whiney. The plot twists were a bit unrealistic and the ending too tidy. This was a free download, and it kept me reading until the end only because I hate having unfinished plotlines, but this is one I would have rather skipped.
I love the cover.
Jessamyn Rock
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019
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Joan Bannan
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I've been contemplating how to write this review for the past eighteen hours or so. I hate to say anything negative, but I really appreciate my Goodreads friends and their honest reviews. Overall, I liked it, but didn't love it. I believe others may give it more than my paltry three stars.

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
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poignant and Bittersweet

This is a fascinating insight on what life would (or perhaps could) have been like from the perspective of a gypsy in the post war era. There are many poignant moments which seek to remind us that life is a gift, but that it is also fragile and can also be bittersweet.

I enjoyed this book overall. It wavers somewhat in the middle, but definitely picks up towards the end.
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
3.5 stars

Set in post-Civil War Spain, this is an interesting story that I almost gave up on within the first five minutes since the first chapter was in third-person present tense. Thankfully, everything else after that was third-person past tense. I also had some issues with the narrator's inflictions (I don't know how she managed to emphasize every single syllable in Cristóbal, but she did) and her natural pacing. I eventually found the sweet spot at 1.30x and it went much more smoothly after
Erin O'Connor {If The Review Fits}

This was such a good read up until I got about half way through and then she sleeps with a married man and everyone is okay with it! It made me just altogether hate the book.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The Snow Gypsy follows the intertwining stories of two women, Rose Daniel and Lola Aragon. Rose is living in London as a veterinarian during the aftermath of World War 2. In the years of the war, her brother Nathan joined the fight. But the last letter Rose received from him was eight years ago. Now she is determined to find her brother and get the answers to the question that’s been nagging her for years: what happened?

Lola is a young flamenco dancer who also lost her family in the war. As a gy
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The Snow Gypsy wasn’t quite what I expected. It’s a really beautiful tale of fate bringing two women and a child together who all learn the truth about their loved ones, but it has this underlying darkness and sadness. I wanted more of the backstory of some of the other main-player characters beyond Rose and Lola, like Lola’s brother. I think the additional character development would have added the depth of the story I was looking for beyond just mentioning oops I hid this from you! And moving ...more
The most interesting part of this book is the afterward, in which the author tells the story of the real woman who inspired this novel. Don't miss it.

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
Jennet Sechrist
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a slog. There were good parts but they were few and far between and the end was abrupt and didn't fit with the rest of the narrative. It rambled and lacked a unifying theme. I felt like it was rambling around and unsure of what it really wanted to be.
Kari Marie
The Snow Gypsy has some beautiful imagery. I never cared for the characters. To me the characters make a book. I need attachment and want to enjoy their life. The characters could have died and I would not have noticed. The author tried to write in some moral dilemmas (view spoiler) it just made me disconnect even more with the character. I do not care that she had r ...more
Lisa Schneider
The Snow Gypsy is set post WWII, Rose is searching for her missing brother. Lola is searching for a life for herself and the child she rescued eight years ago. The three come together for their own personal journeys. You can feel the beautiful scenery, the harsh reality of a world post war, and the resilience of these two women.

With all that being said.... I just didn't connect with the book. I am giving it 3 stars, because it is a wonderfully written book. I just didn't feel the connection tha
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