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Fom Carrie Callaghan, author of the critically acclaimed ALight of Her Own, comes a story of the trailblazing and liberated Milly Bennett, based on the life of one of the first female war correspondents whose work has been all but lost to history. American journalist Milly Bennett has covered murders in San Francisco, fires in Hawaii, and a civil war in China, but 1930s ...more
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Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Amberjack Publishing
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    Jenny Q
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
    I was really looking forward to reading this book. A pioneering reporter in a dangerous locale, going up against a terrifying regime to fight for justice and save the people she loves--sign me up. But unfortunately I had some issues with this story that prevented me from loving it as I'd hoped I would.

    For starters, it's got a pretty slow-moving plot. There were long stretches where I felt like not much happened, and I found myself skimming to get to the more interesting parts. I'm also not sure
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    Karen Kay
    I received this from Netgalley.com for a review.

    "American journalist Milly Bennett has covered murders in San Francisco, fires in Hawaii, and a civil war in China, but 1930s Moscow presents her greatest challenge yet. "

    An okay read. It kind of wandered around and I had to read some portions twice to remember what was happening.

    2.5
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    Clarissa
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    From the frigid winters of 1930’s Moscow to the blistering heat of the Spanish Civil War, the vivid prose of Salt the Snow sets the reader in the middle of socio-economic upheavals and political unrest with the best possible tour guide, wisecracking American journalist Milly Bennett. Callaghan excels at bringing little-known real-life women out of the darkness of historical obscurity and into the light of recognition. As in her debut novel, A Light of Her Own, Callaghan illuminates not only a ...more
    Erin
    Review coming 1/14.
    Jennifer Klepper
    Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Sometimes history is best told through the stories of ordinary people who represent the extraordinary things each of us has the capacity to pursue. In "Salt the Snow," this woman is real-life American journalist Milly Bennett, who covered stories in China, Hawaii, and San Francisco, but whose later, 1930s-era experience in Moscow and beyond is Callaghan's focus. And, boy, can Bennett carry a story! Callaghan's research shines, and Bennett and Bolshevik Moscow come to life in vivid detail, as ...more
    Jeanne
    Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
    Milly Bennett was a reporter living in Moscow in the 1930's. Moscow seemed like a miserable place with the frigid tempeatures and the political unrest. That would have made me careful of what I said and did but not Milly. She was still a brash American and did what she wanted and at times antagonized the OGPU. Truth be told I didn't like Milly much. I think she wanted so much to be a Socialist but deep down she was still the pushy American and at times caused problems for her husband, Zhenya. ...more
    Cheryl Sokoloff
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I loved everything about Salt the Snow. Author Carrie Callaghan does a fantastic job bringing one of the first American war correspondents, Milly Bennett, to life and also bringing Russia and Spain in the 30's and 40's, into vivid relief. Having just recently read A Gentleman in Moscow, the Hotel Metropol and Secret Police were fresh in my memory. Although Milly herself suffered from so many personal heartbreaks, and frequently came close to giving up on herself and the world, her hope to help ...more
    gwendalyn _books_
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

    Written with precision and depth Carrie Callaghan newest novel, Salt The Snow is a well developed portrait that takes off from the suspenseful first pages as the American journalist Milly Bennett is working and living in Moscow Russia.
    Her heroic war journalism career has taken Her all over the world, as she has covered murders in San
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    Jypsy
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Thank you HFVBT and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

    Salt The Snow
    By: Carrie Callaghan

    *REVIEW* .5
    Salt The Snow seems to be a polarizing type of book, but I'm in the middle. Milly Bennett was a pioneering female reporter during the 1930s depression era. She found her way to Russia in pursuit of Socialism, but her Russian husband was arrested for lewd behavior. Milly supported Socialism for a while despite seeing first hand
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    Susan Campton
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Welcome to Mystery Monday, my fellow Book Dragons. I hope you have had a good start to your week. Tonight’s Gem is blood red, deep and clear, akin to a Garnet. Look how it radiates in the light as I pull back the fold of the grey, itchy, woolen cloth it is wrapped in. It was secreted out of Russia in the late 1930’s by a woman reporter who loved writing, men and drink and not necessarily in that order.
    This is “Salt the Snow” by Gem Maker Carrie Callaghan. It is the tale of Milly Bennett, born
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    Stephanie
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Millie Bennett is a jet setting, free-spirited journalist in the 1930's. Millie has covered events in San Francisco, Hawaii and war in China. Now, she is in Moscow working for the Moscow Daily News. Millie mostly covers fluff stories and works on translations. However, Millie longs to write stories of the effects of socialism , stories that matter. Millie is able to experience firsthand the issues that arise with the system of government when her Russian husband, Zhenya is arrested. Millie ...more
    Patty
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
    I did not know when I accepted this book for review that it was based on a real person. For me that always makes a novel more interesting and it tends to send me off on a researching binge. Sometimes I end up down a reading rabbit hole thanks to what I find and I love that. Salt the Snow introduces Milly Bennet, a journalist who goes to Russia during the Depression to explore the building of Socialism. After the collapse of the financial system in the United States she sees the rebuilding going ...more
    Jennifer
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
    3.5 Stars

    Set primarily in 1930s Moscow, this book and the main character, journalist Milly Bennet, share a sort of bleak optimism rarely afforded the Soviets from the American perspective. Befitting the tumultuous time period, the book is written with a kind of quiet but hectic uncertainty that leaves the reader with questions unanswered, as did history itself. Before reading this book I had never heard of Milly Bennet. I had no idea she was a real person, and such a trailblazer in the field of
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    Tristan Munoz
    Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Milly Bennett was one of the first female war correspondents. She was dedicated to telling the truth, a characteristic that often found her in hot water. Milly was a woman eons ahead of the times. She was compassionate, accepting, brave, unapologetically flirtatious and fought for what she believed in. She enjoyed drinking and sex and didn’t try to hide it.

    A large portion of the book focuses on Milly’s life in Russia and the arrest of her husband on charges of homosexual activity. Milly fights
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    TJ
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Unfortunately, the description of this book leaves out a lot of what it is truly about and embellishes things I couldn’t find. I won’t give any spoilers but I do feel you need to know about and be prepared for the homosexual relationships and multiple sexual scenes. If those bother you, I would skip this one.
    Once I start a book, I don’t like to stop in the middle but I just could not get past 50% of this one. I kept waiting for the story to take off, that didn’t happen and I could not go thru
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    Saskia
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
    This is my first book by this author, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

    It wasn’t until the end that I realised that this book was based on a real life woman. To be honest I didn’t care for this book and that had different reasons.

    in the first part of the book the story goes back and forward in time, but since the time difference it only 3 years it just drags you out of the story. For me it would have worked better if the story was told lineair.

    Millie was a characters I didn’t care or cold connect
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    Sallie
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
    I wish to thank Net Galley and Amberjack Publishing for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. I have voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    This is the true story of American journalist Milly Bennett. She was living in Moscow in the 1930’s and the time frame continues through the Spanish Civil War. Milly was one of the front runners of women war correspondence and the book gives us a glimpse of what life in Russia at the
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    Iza
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Well, this was rather disappointing.

    It was really not what I was expecting or hoping: a love story told during harsh times. What I got was the opposite and I'm leaving it that that.

    I think it took me 30% to realize I was misled by the synopsis - I was really hoping for a spy book, maybe - so, from that point on, I skipped ahead, reading some dialogues, here and there, taking me about an hour to 'finish' the book because, for some reason, I didn't want to put it into my DNF file.

    Pity. It has a
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    Janilyn Kocher
    Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it
    I finished this book, but at times wondered why I was reading it. I couldn't get the gist of the book. A female reporter globe trotted and drifted from illicit relationships that always left her empty. Half of the book was set in Russia in the early thirties and I think the author captured the environment quite well. My attention waned at the Spanish Civil War. Only after reading the historical note, did I realize this was based on a real woman's life. It was an okay read. Thanks to NetGalley ...more
    Krista
    Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Milly Bennett was an American journalist that witnessed first hand the birth of Socialism in Russia and then the Spanish Civil War. She was an independent woman and brassy woman that lived life to the fullest even when she only had a few rubles in her pocket. Salt the Snow is well researched as far as the places that Milly went and the things she would have seen, but she is brought to life by Ms. Callaghan's story telling. Thank you to #NetGalley, for the opportunity to read #SalttheSnow for my ...more
    Sue
    Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
    Story is about Milly Bennett, an American Journalist living in Moscow during the birth of Socialism. She also witnessed the Spanish Civil war which all sounds like riveting material. Unfortunately Millie is quite unlikable, a brash woman who is in love with the concept of socialism more than the reality. While the settings are realistic, there is very little enjoyable in the reading. I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for a review.
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    Thanks to NetGalley and Edelweiss for my copy of: Salt The Snow.
    Milly Bennett was an American journalist in the 1930's, she covered stories about murders in San Francisco, fires in Hawaii and the civil war in China. During the American depression she moved to Russia to work for the Moscow Daily News, here she spends most of her trying to keep warm, drinking lots of vodka, trying not to get herself in trouble with the NKVD and marries her second husband Evgeni Ivanovich or he's know as Zhenya.

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