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...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
This book was a mixed bag for me. I liked the friendship between the two women, the des ...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
Good luck 2019 releases surpassing this as one of my favorite reads of the year.
Honestly, thi ...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
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 ...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
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.
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 ...more
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.
Lola is a young flamenco dancer who also lost her family in the war. As a gy ...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
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 ...more
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