The Snow Gypsy

The Snow Gypsy

Lindsay Ashford / Sep 21, 2019

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

  • Title: The Snow Gypsy
  • Author: Lindsay Ashford
  • ISBN: 1721333355
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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 jus 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Audio CD Published February 1st 2019 by Brilliance Audio More Details ISBN 1721333355 ISBN13 9781721333356 Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Snow Gypsy, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters February 2019 Book Releases 82 books 30 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 22, 2019 Katie B rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 1940s, fiction, historical fiction, kindle, spain, war, read in 2019 I chose this book as my second free pick for January s 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 I chose this book as my second free pick for January s 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 flag 38 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 04, 2019 The Just About Cocky Ms M rated it really liked it Shelves atmospheric in a good way, emotionally satisfying, good history good story Not too many months ago I watched as an excellent First Read book become a punching bag for a distressing number of folks This unfortunate event, which is still continuing but with less and less shrill invective, centers not on the book itself, its plot, characters, writing style, or other legitimate elements of storytelling but on three sentences in the Author s Notes at the end wherein she wrote that the apparent unchallenged and acceptable resurgence of white supremacy in the US served as on Not too many months ago I watched as an excellent First Read book become a punching bag for a distressing number of folks This unfortunate event, which is still continuing but with less and less shrill invective, centers not on the book itself, its plot, characters, writing style, or other legitimate elements of storytelling but on three sentences in the Author s Notes at the end wherein she wrote that the apparent unchallenged and acceptable resurgence of white supremacy in the US served as one of the reasons she was compelled to write her story I could not believe the reviews excoriating the author for her opinions And here we have a few at least at the moment reviewers focusing their ire, not on the book, but the title of the book Thus they have reviewed nothing but the author s use of the word gypsy in the title, and so we have outrage on the one hand and perhaps a surfeit of political correctness on the other, none of which does readers looking for a legitimate book review in order to decide whether to read this one a disservice Besides, it s so very middle school, isn t it When I was choosing which book to read, I hesitated for quite some time because I thought using gypsy was a questionable decision since any people understood it was a pejorative term and had been for almost all of the 20th century In light of the author s apparent knowledge of Spain and its myriad cultural fabric, I would have expected her to not be so insensitive and tone deaf As another person commented, can we just imagine an author using the N word in a book title All that opinionated rambling aside, I still downloaded this novel and read it all And liked it quite a bit The novel, folks, not its title.This is a strong story, with characters both strong in the face of soul destroying circumstances and weak when everything just becomes too much In other words, folks like us It is a tale of civil war, of fear, danger, and deprivation, all elements guaranteed to wear even Superman down after a while It is a tale of love not a romance, thank goodness but love outside traditional bounds of family to encompass others who seemingly have no reason to first befriend and then to love It s a story of perseverance and friendship and the awful realization that even though the Spanish Civil War has been over for several years, violence, prejudice, and uncertainty are very much present.I appreciated the evocative details of the small Spanish mountain villages in a region near Granada almost inaccessible back in the day although tourists by the thousands have discovered them now and appreciated equally the author s decision not to overload us with those details at the expense of the story Rose Daniel the veterinarian and Lola the Flamenco dancer are not Mary Sues had they been I d have tossed this book early on They are flawed, believable women and do not have so much as a gram of feistiness about them I make these points in light of several other historical novels set during the late 1930s and 1940s in Europe that features feisty women saving the world while indulging in epic romances.This is a complex novel on several levels, and one to be savored Thus I didn t read it quickly what s the fun in that but took some time because you never know if or when you ll find another good book.And here endeth the lesson flag 29 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jan 02, 2019 Cindy rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 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 flag 10 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 14, 2019 Mackenzie Bekker rated it liked it review of another edition 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 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 flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 08, 2019 Mycah rated it did not like it 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 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 time detailing region, appearances and language was 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 flag 4 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sandi Dickenson I was drawn to finish the book and ironically was left with the same opinion Lola s story opened the book and we see her going through repeated traum I was drawn to finish the book and ironically was left with the same opinion Lola s story opened the book and we see her going through repeated trauma but both she and the child are incidental to Rose who is a fairly normal young women searching for something and it falls into her lap without much distress or effort After Lola won the contest we don t know if her life s dream was realized Did her cousin end up with all the money when she was arrested Did the government take it The child s perception of life could have provided a lot insight We see nothing through her eyes and it ends showing that she turned into a normal adult What child of 9 would contentedly leave town without her mother and go with a women she met a few days ago instead of staying with her aunt and cousins in the home she was raised in Rose was such a normal person while the incidental characters had powerful stories that went nowhere I suppose one could make a point that the compelling stories of the minor characters were heard because Rose listened to them Jan 23, 2019 06 58AM judith burch I feel vindicated when I read the reviews I also do not finish books that bore me Jan 27, 2019 08 38AM Jan 15, 2019 Angel rated it liked it review of another edition 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 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 gypsy living in Spain, she meets Rose in a stroke of fate Between the two of them, they form a bond stronger than any could fathom and help each other to heal the wounds the war has left behind.Overall, I enjoyed this book I found the plot to be unique and held my interest almost to the end The characters were well developed, however, I didn t find myself getting attached to either of them While I appreciated the history side of things, and loved that this book put me outside of my comfort zone I don t usually gravitate towards books set in Spain , I was disappointed with the last few chapters I felt that the author was unsure how to end the story and therefore the ending fell flat Also, there is a touch of romance in this book that I felt was unnecessary It didn t really add anything to the characters or the plot and felt like filler.If you re looking for a good historical fiction, pick up The Snow Gypsy and let me know what you think I d love to get someone else s take on this story I received this book through s First Reads program flag 3 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 09, 2019 Mandy rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 writtenalmost poetic at times Heartbreaking and hopeful I found it hard to put down despite its slow pace 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 writtenalmost poetic at times Heartbreaking and hopeful I found it hard to put down despite its slow pace I enjoyed the strong, independent, yet vulnerable female characters but there were times I got annoyed with Rose and her not thinking with that educated brain of hers I did feel really bad for her though I also felt that there were a few loose ends in the storythings I would have loved to learn about or characters I would have liked to have gotten a deeper look intoI think a part of me just wanted which is why I didn t give The Snow Gypsy a higher rating flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Debbi rated it liked it 3.5 stars for not being predictable and for having some unique characters flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Kylie Corley 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 flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Carla Suto rated it really liked it review of another edition THE SNOW GYPSY by Lindsay Jayne Ashford is a well written and moving story of two strong women who lives become inextricably intertwined in post World War II Spain Rose Daniel is a veterinarian of Jewish descent who travels from London first to France and then to mountain villages of Spain hoping to learn the fate of her brother, Nathan who was last heard from eight years earlier in 1938 where he was fighting alongside Gypsy partisans in the Spanish Civil War She has only his last letter and a THE SNOW GYPSY by Lindsay Jayne Ashford is a well written and moving story of two strong women who lives become inextricably intertwined in post World War II Spain Rose Daniel is a veterinarian of Jewish descent who travels from London first to France and then to mountain villages of Spain hoping to learn the fate of her brother, Nathan who was last heard from eight years earlier in 1938 where he was fighting alongside Gypsy partisans in the Spanish Civil War She has only his last letter and a photo to go on Along the way, she meets Lola Aragon, a Gypsy flamenco dancer whose family was massacred in the same mountain village by members of the Fascist regime Lola had rescued a newborn baby girl from a dying woman s arms and escaped with her, raising her as her own Facing incredibly difficult circumstances, the two woman and the child, Nieve, form an unexpected bond of friendship and love that lasts the rest of their lives The characters and the storyline are multi layered and thought provoking The author s descriptions of the settings and events are so vivid that I felt like I was there I enjoyed learning that this book was inspired by a real person and her experiences THE SNOW GYPSY was a compelling and emotional novel and I am grateful to have the opportunity to read an early copy through First Reads flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Cindy Woods rated it it was amazing review of another edition Heart wrenching 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 Heart wrenching 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 English countryside and her knowledge of their lifestyle, she embarks on her quest.The raw power of her connection with her lost brother and her need to find him after the war is amazing given the continuing dangers in post WWII Spain under the dictatorship and fascist politics of General Franco I learned so much reading this riveting story Death , imprisonment, government snatching of children transportion , secrets and fear were still rampant in Spain Gypsies were a main target of this abuse It is inconceivable but true all the same.Rose s journey is emotional and heart wrenching as she meets so many broken lives on the way This book is such an eye opener and beautifully written including intricate descriptions of flora and fauna, wildlife as well as festivals and local customs.I highly recommend to readers of historical fiction and women s books It will stay with me as one of the most enlightening stories I ve read about the era flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Christine rated it it was ok The Snow Gypsy has an intriguing historical backdrop The novel draws inspiration from the life of a British born herbalist and author who lived with gypsies and spent time in the Alpujarras region of Spain post WWII I can readily imagine that the source material was fascinating and fulfilling for the author to explore and weave into a work of fiction 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 The Snow Gypsy has an intriguing historical backdrop The novel draws inspiration from the life of a British born herbalist and author who lived with gypsies and spent time in the Alpujarras region of Spain post WWII I can readily imagine that the source material was fascinating and fulfilling for the author to explore and weave into a work of fiction 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 suspense in the story Many passages are unnecessarily floral and cluttered with description The dialogue is full of platitudes It was challenging to feel a strong connection with any of the main characters The plot engaged my attention, and the novelty of the historical context kept me from putting it down, but the writing failed to do justice to the great ingredients of the book Received through First Reads flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Krista rated it liked it review of another edition Free book on I received this book free from 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 flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Suellen marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves general fiction, kindle unlimited, my library ebook Kindle Unlimited January 2019 flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Paula Golden rated it it was amazing review of another edition Very good readI read this in one day A bit long in descriptions of the country side, but with several unexpected turns, just could put it down flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Leslie rated it really liked it Shelves historical fiction, kindle first 4.5 stars riveting story This was an era of history with which i was unfamiliar, so it was a particularly fascinating story Well developed characters and not so many of them that I couldn t keep them straight flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Dee rated it really liked it review of another edition A wonderful stoner of survival.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 flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 14, 2019 D Starr rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommends it for Mature audiences Recommended to D by Kindle First A Story of Deep Friendship in the Face of Prejudice and Adversity For Mature Readers Sex and sexual situations handled without graphic detail, but there s no question as to what has happened Violence not overly detailed, but young readers might find it disturbing In the years just after WWII, Rose who is of Jewish heritage befriends Lola who is a Roma gypsy and her adopted daughter Both young women had lost family members due to Nazi persecution Rose is aghast to find that in many parts A Story of Deep Friendship in the Face of Prejudice and Adversity For Mature Readers Sex and sexual situations handled without graphic detail, but there s no question as to what has happened Violence not overly detailed, but young readers might find it disturbing In the years just after WWII, Rose who is of Jewish heritage befriends Lola who is a Roma gypsy and her adopted daughter Both young women had lost family members due to Nazi persecution Rose is aghast to find that in many parts of Europe the gypsies and for those who are worried about political correctness, that s how they referred to themselves are still subject to open persecution.Through times of hope and heartbreak they remain loyal to one another, meanwhile finding answers to questions about what actually happened to their loved ones.Based on historical fact.Recommended flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Candace Martinez rated it liked it review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book has good bones I liked where the story was heading I was drawn to the characters, they were deep and layered I was pulled into the drama of gypsy life The time period was unique aftermath of ww2 All the ingredients for an unputdownable saga And then it didnt quite deliver It cut off suddenly and justended I needed There were loose ends galore What significance in the overall story was the man who gave Rose earrings Why all the build up mystery about Nieve being Nat This book has good bones I liked where the story was heading I was drawn to the characters, they were deep and layered I was pulled into the drama of gypsy life The time period was unique aftermath of ww2 All the ingredients for an unputdownable saga And then it didnt quite deliver It cut off suddenly and justended I needed There were loose ends galore What significance in the overall story was the man who gave Rose earrings Why all the build up mystery about Nieve being Nathan s daughter I figured she wouldnt be but then there d be some sort of overlap in their historyNathan dressed as a woman why did that matter Cristobalit seemed weird that Lola never knew about Rose and Cristobal and that it ended with nothing but disappointment She never sees Zoltan again And he doesnt know about his son C mon I understand not giving full happy endings but for all the threads, the only closure was finding out what happened to Nathan but still not having remains to bury Lola never gets to hear her murderous Dad s side of the story We never hear from the woman who helps get Lola out of prison again.These are just some of many other questions I was left with flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Kila Burton rated it liked it review of another edition Let s get the good out of the way I had a mostly positive experience with this book I give it three stars because it s fairly well written with interesting characters led by two female people of color, an enticing premise and a backdrop of a time period I know very little about.3 stars is my baseline A lot of people start at five and detract, but I start at 3 and add A four star book is one so captivating for me personally that I don t even think about what may or not be wrong with the writi Let s get the good out of the way I had a mostly positive experience with this book I give it three stars because it s fairly well written with interesting characters led by two female people of color, an enticing premise and a backdrop of a time period I know very little about.3 stars is my baseline A lot of people start at five and detract, but I start at 3 and add A four star book is one so captivating for me personally that I don t even think about what may or not be wrong with the writing The characters and predicaments are ones that I understand to my core or are so different from what I know that I gain a completely new point of view A five star book is that story so resonant that I know I m going to keep coming back to it year after year.Three stars I think most people will enjoy The Snow Gypsy.I immediately connected with the characters, particularly Lola, who I found to be fierce, adept at controlling her own destiny and Sis got goals Sadly, she disappears for most of the book and while her beginning is captivating, there s no payout for our investment in her at the end We re told something good happens but we, the readers, don t get to enjoy it Rose, I liked at first and truthfully, liked till the end but she s that acquaintance you were really excited about when you met and you still enjoy hanging out with but at some point you realized Ok, you don t have good sense I also appreciated the bits and pieces of history regarding the Spanish Civil War and the WW that followed I admit to having a Duh, but of course moment reading that one of the gypsy survivors had numbers on his arm It s obvious that there would be non Jewish people with Holocaust tattoos but Id never had a reason to give it much thought Also, the descriptions of neighbors getting neighbors killed by denouncing them just to settle a score disturbingly similar to the recent rise of police being called out on Black Americans for doing such strange things as eating and mowing lawns Im guessing there are police called on PoC than Black Americans we just don t hear about them I liked the scenic descriptions Some folk may find them too long but I felt it lent a lot to the time and place.Here there be spoilers These are the reasons why Snow Gypsy didn t get a fourth star from me remember, this is completely personal, but if you pick books for the same reasons I do, they might be worth a look 1 The lead character s preoccupation with her sexual decisions felt contradictory I couldn t tell if this was indicative of the mindset of a woman of her time or indicative of the authors, but our lead character has a one night stand with someone who turns out to have been less than forthcoming about his relationship status OK, we d all be ticked off at that, but even when the guy in question is not around, she s so obsessed with the betrayal , you d think she was about to marry the guy instead of a fun passionate one nighter Which is what she knew was happening when she slept with the dude And she never actually asks him if he had someone who might have a claim on him.Contradictory mindsets are one thing but going on and on about it leads to a fair amount of eye rolling At one point, I thought the author had made a connection between WHY the character kept obsessing over it and I went ohhhhhhhh but then2 There s a bit of white savior ness that didn t sit well with me The new guy who s purported to be much worthier than the old is distinguished by being fairer of skin, then there s a deus ex machina who turns out to be British and blond By themselves it s fine, but little things add up And when the darker of the two female leads disappears for so much of the book you think you ll never see her again.3 BIG TWIST SPOILER 95% of the men in this book are jackasses And if they aren t jackasses, they aren t worth sleeping with Or they re dead flag Like see review Jan 17, 2019 Joan Buell rated it really liked it review of another edition Historical fiction that is hard to put downThis book is set in Spain, in the years after the Spanish Civil War, and after WWII A young British woman is on a search for what happened to her brother who fought with the partisans against Franco, and never returned There are many layers within this story, but the consistent theme is lovelove of family, a friendship between two women, the shared love of a child This is contrasted with romantic love in several ways that keep the reader uncertain Historical fiction that is hard to put downThis book is set in Spain, in the years after the Spanish Civil War, and after WWII A young British woman is on a search for what happened to her brother who fought with the partisans against Franco, and never returned There are many layers within this story, but the consistent theme is lovelove of family, a friendship between two women, the shared love of a child This is contrasted with romantic love in several ways that keep the reader uncertain as to the which love will win out The descriptions of Provence, and the Alpujarras of Spain almost entice one to book a trip before finishing the book The reader gains an understanding of the terror that people lived through during that timeconflicting loyalties, inability to trust even family members, incomprehensible brutality, lack of forgiveness There is beauty in the descriptions of the Alhambra, flamenco dancing, the mountains and their meadows that help to soften the story I appreciate the lack of offensive language, and also the recognition of the spirituality of some of the characters an often ignored quality in a well rounded character I did find Rose s apparent inability to distinguish lust from love a bit unsettling, but maybe that is real than we like to admit.The Romany culture was captured well, and treated with great respect This should soften the criticism of those who see gypsy as an ethnic slur Learning, at the end of the book, that this is based on a true story was a bonus flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 B S LUPTON NEILSON rated it it was amazing review of another edition Intensely EmotionalI ve never had a novel affect me to the point I wanted to weep for the characters When I came to the end and read the dedication and Thank you s, I was even affected to learn that the novel was based on a true history, and now I want to learn about the Civil War in Spain.The cruelty that some human beings can inflict on others is sometimes unbelievable How can advanced civilizations behave thusly to other humans Just because their belief in a religion is differen Intensely EmotionalI ve never had a novel affect me to the point I wanted to weep for the characters When I came to the end and read the dedication and Thank you s, I was even affected to learn that the novel was based on a true history, and now I want to learn about the Civil War in Spain.The cruelty that some human beings can inflict on others is sometimes unbelievable How can advanced civilizations behave thusly to other humans Just because their belief in a religion is different Who among us has ultimate access to the truth NOBODY, that s who Not about religion, politics, or pretty much anything And SO WHAT Discussion and exchange of ideas is what creates understanding and tolerance hopefully This novel certainly was difficult to read, because I don t understand wanton slaughter of innocents But It did engender in me a wish to read about the post war civil unrest that could lead to such evil acts Perhaps knowledge can prevent another such occurrence flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Marcy Heller rated it liked it I remember experiencing a frisson when in Barcelona in the early 70s while Franco was still in power Politics were not discussed Police were everywhere Citizens still seemed cautious, especially of strangers, and the warmth and joie de vie that I have felt on subsequent trips to Spain was absent It really did feel like a police state But I never thought much about the after effects of the Spanish Civil War until reading The Snow Gypsy Don t be put off by the title the Roma in Spain c I remember experiencing a frisson when in Barcelona in the early 70s while Franco was still in power Politics were not discussed Police were everywhere Citizens still seemed cautious, especially of strangers, and the warmth and joie de vie that I have felt on subsequent trips to Spain was absent It really did feel like a police state But I never thought much about the after effects of the Spanish Civil War until reading The Snow Gypsy Don t be put off by the title the Roma in Spain call themselves Gypsies, so it s not considered a pejorative word And the author shares her knowledge of Roma life with lots of respect and knowledge.Although the characters are a bit trite, and the love scenes are cringe worthy, there was enough grit in the book to keep me interested Based loosely on an English herbalist s true story, the book reveals a difficult time in Spanish history which wasn t openly talked about until Franco s demise The fact is that I am now interested in learning about that period of Spanish history, so it was a worthy read flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Linda rated it it was amazing review of another edition First let me say that this is not the kind of book I would normally choose to read but I got it as an Prime First Read This story blew me away It s 8 years post World War II and Rose Daniel, a veterinarian who treats animals with plant and herbal remedies, is on a quest to find her brother Nathan, who fought on the side of the freedom fighters in the Spanish Civil War Rose s only clues is the general area in Spain where Nathan fought and that the woman he loved was pregnant with his ch First let me say that this is not the kind of book I would normally choose to read but I got it as an Prime First Read This story blew me away It s 8 years post World War II and Rose Daniel, a veterinarian who treats animals with plant and herbal remedies, is on a quest to find her brother Nathan, who fought on the side of the freedom fighters in the Spanish Civil War Rose s only clues is the general area in Spain where Nathan fought and that the woman he loved was pregnant with his child On a parallel plane is the story of a Spanish Gypsy named Lola Aragon whose mother and brother were killed in cold blood by the Spanish Army 8 years earlier At age 14 she took a newborn baby girl, whom she named Nieve, whose mother was also shot and killed and escaped over the mountain with her to safety Rose and Lola become friends as Rose searches for answers and Lola tries to escape her memories There is a poignant story plus some history of the Spanish Civil War and a look at gypsies that is not the usual stereotyped picture It s a poignant story of two women and a quest flag Like see review Jan 24, 2019 dori rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction Thanks for the First Reads opportunity to read this page turner as an escape from sociology texts I honestly hate giving star ratings for books because it s so difficult to explain yourself sometimes This is not, you know, literary reading It s a lot of historical fiction, a bit of romance, and an independent woman as a lead character who is actually human enough to make a few mistakes.Some notes I m glad I read the acknowledgments and historical facts this book was based on, becaus Thanks for the First Reads opportunity to read this page turner as an escape from sociology texts I honestly hate giving star ratings for books because it s so difficult to explain yourself sometimes This is not, you know, literary reading It s a lot of historical fiction, a bit of romance, and an independent woman as a lead character who is actually human enough to make a few mistakes.Some notes I m glad I read the acknowledgments and historical facts this book was based on, because in the beginning, I was all gypsies wouldn t just let someone come hang, c mon now and then I got all offended by how Rose, the lead character, learned all this herbal knowledge from them and then put it in a book with her name on it Admittedly, yes, I got a little bent out of shape about that for a second.Still, couldn t put it down and it was the perfect thing to remove me from academic oversaturation for a minute and yes, absolutely, I would like to visit the mountains of southern Spain now and go pick some flowers flag Like see review Jan 25, 2019 Elizabeth Hanchett rated it liked it review of another edition DisappointingI wish I could say I liked this book than I did While it does do an excellent job at portraying the mindset that has existed in Spain, and in many ways continues to exist, after the Spanish Civil War, so much of the novel felt contrived I love Spain, spending most of my teenage years between the north and south I ll read just about anything that involves the country I love This one was a disappointment There are stories to tell of the Roma in Spain and the aftermath of the DisappointingI wish I could say I liked this book than I did While it does do an excellent job at portraying the mindset that has existed in Spain, and in many ways continues to exist, after the Spanish Civil War, so much of the novel felt contrived I love Spain, spending most of my teenage years between the north and south I ll read just about anything that involves the country I love This one was a disappointment There are stories to tell of the Roma in Spain and the aftermath of the Civil War This is not one Many times I felt like I was reading a Mary Sue a story of the this perfect person with little personally at the beginning of the story she mentions studying Spanish years before in school, but somehow is still able to communicate almost fluently with all the Spanish characters Most of the time I found her selfish and annoying I m still waiting on a quality novel written for an international audience about Spain and the Pacto de Silencio Pact of Silence that is still a huge part of the Spanish mentality and culture so many years on flag Like see review Jan 22, 2019 Sandi Dickenson rated it really liked it review of another edition One thing I liked about the characters was the unexpected Although they each seem to fit a personality type, I was surprised by some of their uncovered strengths and weaknesses One thing that would have sent this book over the top for me is if some of the storyline had been presented through the eyes of the child and if was seen through Lola s eyes Either that or it should have been entirely about Rose The story opened in such a raw and powerful way with Lola that the focus switch to Ro One thing I liked about the characters was the unexpected Although they each seem to fit a personality type, I was surprised by some of their uncovered strengths and weaknesses One thing that would have sent this book over the top for me is if some of the storyline had been presented through the eyes of the child and if was seen through Lola s eyes Either that or it should have been entirely about Rose The story opened in such a raw and powerful way with Lola that the focus switch to Rose s normal life was disconcerting Lola s role appeared incidental and yet she was the one who we see repeatedly traumatized Rose was painted as the type who is drawn to male female partnership and I was surprised by the outcome Was there something stronger between her and Lola We re they drawn physically to each other Those questions are left hanging despite the ending that supposedly wraps up Rose as a contented grandmother Overall this is a thought provoking read from a different perspective set in post war Spain but it missed the mark a bit in how the characters gelled flag Like see review Jan 17, 2019 Alyssa rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, kindle, abandoned This sounded interesting, but it wasn t I got it free with Prime, but I got 56% through and still couldn t be interested It was so dull The character backstories are interesting, I ll give it that, but the characters themselves are not It switches perspectives on occasion, but the majority of it is Rose Rose is the boring of the two She s so average, all she has going for her is her appearance, which is brought up constantly because it makes her look like a gypsy herself Lola This sounded interesting, but it wasn t I got it free with Prime, but I got 56% through and still couldn t be interested It was so dull The character backstories are interesting, I ll give it that, but the characters themselves are not It switches perspectives on occasion, but the majority of it is Rose Rose is the boring of the two She s so average, all she has going for her is her appearance, which is brought up constantly because it makes her look like a gypsy herself Lola is the interesting of the two, and she hardly gets any of the spotlight.The author spent a lot of time on description It wasn t as noticeable in some parts, but in others it was unbearable There were multiple pages describing a garden Rose was viewing Why There are other ways to imply a garden is beautiful I don t care about every type of flower in the garden and how they are arranged Get on with the story.I m curious what happened to Rose s brother and where he might be, but I don t think it s worth the effort to read to find out flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Melliott rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves historical I enjoyed this quite a bit, though it had its flaws The parts I liked best were the details about flamenco distressingly few, as it turned out , the herbalist knowledge Rose exhibits and learns throughout the book, the scene setting in the mountain villages of Spain, and the lingering atmosphere of the Spanish Civil War that cast its shadow over all the characters The coincidences were a few too many, and at least one of the relationships was hard to buy I wished in light of the title that I enjoyed this quite a bit, though it had its flaws The parts I liked best were the details about flamenco distressingly few, as it turned out , the herbalist knowledge Rose exhibits and learns throughout the book, the scene setting in the mountain villages of Spain, and the lingering atmosphere of the Spanish Civil War that cast its shadow over all the characters The coincidences were a few too many, and at least one of the relationships was hard to buy I wished in light of the title that there had been a bit detail about the Travellers the few pictures that were given were evocative, but we didn t get much than that Some of the details of the book that seemed superfluous became understandable when I learned from the afterword that it s based on a true story of a woman herbalist, and I have reserved one of her autobiographies at the library to follow up this story flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Barbara rated it liked it Interesting story of a woman who goes to Spain to find out what happened to her brother during the Spanish Civil war Her last letter from him was 8 years before and she discovers that no one wants to talk about the atrocities committed on both sides during the conflict.As an herbalist veterinarian, she comes into contact with gypsies and meets a flamenco dancer who remembers a landmark mentioned in one of her brother s letters As she goes to Granada with the dancer s family, circumstances plac Interesting story of a woman who goes to Spain to find out what happened to her brother during the Spanish Civil war Her last letter from him was 8 years before and she discovers that no one wants to talk about the atrocities committed on both sides during the conflict.As an herbalist veterinarian, she comes into contact with gypsies and meets a flamenco dancer who remembers a landmark mentioned in one of her brother s letters As she goes to Granada with the dancer s family, circumstances place her in charge of the 8 yr old daughter while she goes to check out the village where the landmark is While in the village, she finds the answers to all her questions and an romantic encounter.Interesting story about the attitudes of the time toward those in the conflict and towards gypsies flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Lindsay Ashford 94 followers Readers Also 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    1. I chose this book as my second free pick for January s 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 I chose [...]


    2. Not too many months ago I watched as an excellent First Read book become a punching bag for a distressing number of folks This unfortunate event, which is still continuing but with less and less shrill invective, centers not on the book itself, its plot, characters, writing style, or other legitimate elements of storytelling but on three sentences in the Author s Notes at the end wherein she wrote that the apparent unchallenged and acceptable resurgence of white supremacy in the US served as on [...]


    3. 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 I ha [...]


    4. 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 th [...]


    5. 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 I gave it a [...]


    6. 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 The S [...]


    7. 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 writtenalmost poetic at times Heartbreaking and hopeful I found it hard to put down despite its slow pace I ve read [...]


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