The Snow Gypsyby Published 01 Feb 2019
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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 just two clues to his whereabouts—his descriptions of the spectacular south slopes of the Sierra Nevada and his love for a woman who was carrying his child.
In Spain, it has been eight years since Lola Aragon’s family was massacred. Eight years since she rescued a newborn girl from the arms of her dying mother and ran for her life. She has always believed that nothing could make her return…until a plea for help comes from a desperate stranger.
Now, Rose, Lola, and the child set out on a journey from the wild marshes of the Camargue to the dazzling peaks of Spain’s ancient mountain communities. As they come face-to-face with war’s darkest truths, their lives will be changed forever by memories, secrets, and friendships.
"The Snow Gypsy" Reviews
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 feeling bored most of the time.
I just didn't connect with the main characters which is a shame because it's not like the author didn't at least try to make them people with interesting backstories. Rose Daniel hasn't heard from her brother in years and goes to Spain in search of him. Lola Aragon's family was killed during the Spanish Civil War and for the last eight years she has been caring for an orphan child. Their paths cross and well, things will never be the same.
I think I was about a quarter of the way into the book when I realized the characters just weren't doing anything for me. They just fell flat and as a result I just didn't really feel all that invested in their lives. A few times in the book the story went in a direction I did not see coming and I would think maybe I could get back on board and enjoy the rest of the book. Unfortunately after awhile my interest would start to wane again.
Sometimes a book just isn't the right fit for you which is fine. Most people enjoyed this book so take my opinions with a grain of salt.
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 characters, and non-stop twists and turns had me immediately hooked - and lasted from first chapter to last.
5 stars. Definitely recommend!
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 I felt myself invested in all of them, so maybe that was the issue with feeling like things were left unfinished & stories untold for some of them (hello Cristobal & Juanita??). Ashford's writing is extremely descriptive which was beautiful for the most part, but there were certainly times where it felt excessive or misplaced and had me skimming past it to get to what was going on.
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 place where she may find some answers, she gets distracted by a handsome man and that's where I stopped. Not because she meets a man, but because it seems that the author thought spending more time detailing region, appearances and language was more important than building a story and complex characters.
Lola, the other main character barely gets any airtime. I'm not even sure why she was in the novel.
If you want to read something that describes random, insignificant details, this novel is for you! If you are looking for a novel with complex characters and a riveting storyline, don't waste your time.
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.