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.
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About the Author
Raised in Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, Lindsay Jayne Ashford became the first woman to graduate from Queens’ College, Cambridge, in its 550-year history. She earned a degree in criminology and was a reporter for the BBC before becoming a freelance journalist, writing for a number of national magazines and newspapers.
Lindsay began her career as a novelist with a contemporary crime series featuring forensic psychologist Megan Rhys. She moved into historical mystery with The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen, and her three most recent books, Whisper of the Moon Moth, The Color of Secrets, and The Woman on the Orient Express, blend fiction with real events of the early twentieth century.
She has four children and divides her time between a house overlooking the sea on the west coast of Wales and a small farmhouse in Spain’s Sierra de Los Filabres. When she’s not writing, she enjoys volunteering for Save the Children, kayaking, and walking her dogs, Milly and Pablo.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2.5 Stars I was really disappointed with this novel, having read a couple of others by this author I was really looking forward to this one. As a departure from her previous fare this book does not seek to fictionalise a real persons life but is about wholly fictional characters set against a back drop of fact. Well, fact to a point there is a lot of very shaky Spanish Civil War history and Gypsy cultural history. I think it is the shakiness of these foundations that ultimately spoilt my enjoyment of the novel. The characters never really seem to be anything other than words on a page. With all that has happened to Lola (witnessing a massacre as a teenager, raising an abandoned child, living with the fear of oppression) I never felt that I really knew her. Now, this would be fine if she was supposed to be an enigmatic character but we are supposed to feel empathy towards this person as a major supporting character but she is nothing more than a series of unfortunate events upon a page. Rose, our central character, is much the same. We do get to share some of her feelings surrounding the disappearance of her brother but only superficially, the author doesn't take the reader in to Rose's world merely allowing us to stand on the sidelines and watch events unfold. That is the other problem there is so much going on here that remains unexplored. Instead of settling on the historical event that led us to this point in time and then a major event for each woman to deal with in the present it is a constant stream of events. This means that nothing is really explored on the page and the reader can never truly become immersed in the world. Perhaps the worst handled is Lola's experience after returning home from the Fiesta, it is told in great detail what happened to her but then her way out of the situation seems merely glossed over; for me this was an opportunity missed. On the whole plot and characterisation let this book down completely and as they are the main things I look for in a read then this was not for me at all. Such a shame as I know this author is capable of writing both in such a way that you get completely sucked in.
The snow gypsy is a little bit different than I expected. I was expecting a slow drama filled novel with a possible romance. This novel definitely is a historical drama but it wasn’t as slow as I expected. The writing is good and the story is well thought out. The story kept me intrigued into what was going to happen next and even had me fooled. I tend to catch myself predicting plot twists but there were some I did not see coming. The story was well written and I found how the author talked about the Spanish war through characters very interesting. Going into the snow gypsy I had no previous knowledge of it, only world war 2. After finishing this story, I have the urge to learn more about it. A historical based novel that leaves me feeling that way is a winner in my mind. I truly loved this novel and think its worth a read for historical drama fans. I received a copy from netgalley in exchange for unbiased and honest review.
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 spent 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 Medicine, Rose loses touch with her Sussex gypsies but doesn't forget the lessons learned at their camps. She has focused her career on herbal and holistic care of animals whenever possible.