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 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 Details

TitleThe Snow Gypsy
Author
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
ISBN-139781721333356
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, Cultural, Spain, World War II, Business, Amazon, Literature, 20th Century

The Snow Gypsy Review

  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    January 1, 1970
    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…
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  • Suellen
    January 1, 1970
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  • Paula Golden
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Cindy Woods
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Candace Martinez
    January 1, 1970
    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 just...ended. I needed more. 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 just...ended. I needed more. 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 history...Nathan dressed as a woman—why did that matter?Cristobal...it 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. I need a sequal!
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  • Mycah
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Meredith Malburne-Wade
    January 1, 1970
    This was not my typical fare--it was offered as an Amazon First Read and I wanted to try something different. I read it very quickly and found it an interesting blend of history and fiction. I do wish it actually had been a bit more focused on the history and a bit less on the romance: it sometimes seemed to want to veer a bit towards a romance novel in its descriptions of love scenes, and the ultimate failed love affair felt a bit too far-fetched and therefore distracting. I do enjoy the streng This was not my typical fare--it was offered as an Amazon First Read and I wanted to try something different. I read it very quickly and found it an interesting blend of history and fiction. I do wish it actually had been a bit more focused on the history and a bit less on the romance: it sometimes seemed to want to veer a bit towards a romance novel in its descriptions of love scenes, and the ultimate failed love affair felt a bit too far-fetched and therefore distracting. I do enjoy the strength of the female lead characters.
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    Holds SurprisesI appreciated the insights into human nature throughout the various situations described in the story. The characters are quite unique. The problems they face made it easy for me to fear for them and eager to learn what would happen next. Be sure to read how the Author was inspired to write this novel.I almost gave this novel five stars. However, there were a couple chapters that I just skimmed through . These chapters mainly repeated memories and thoughts of the main character. S Holds SurprisesI appreciated the insights into human nature throughout the various situations described in the story. The characters are quite unique. The problems they face made it easy for me to fear for them and eager to learn what would happen next. Be sure to read how the Author was inspired to write this novel.I almost gave this novel five stars. However, there were a couple chapters that I just skimmed through . These chapters mainly repeated memories and thoughts of the main character. Several of which had been touched on in previous chapters.
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  • Meg
    January 1, 1970
    Felt very Young Adult to me...I got this book for free through Amazon & read it because I saw that it had good reviews. I instantly liked the story & lived that it's setting was in Spain, a place dear to my heart, having lived there in the past. However, I felt the story dragged on too long & ended up feeling too Young Adult genre for me. While the story wasn't bad per se, it just wasn't my style of book.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyable blend of fact and fictionWasn’t sure what I was expecting but this exceeded it. Caught up right away in Rose’s story it just kept getting better. Well written. Excellently paced. Perfect dramatic tension at exactly the right times. Highly enjoyed, would definitely recommend.
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  • Di
    January 1, 1970
    The Snow GypsyI could hardly put this book down, so entranced was I by the lyrical descriptions of the Spanish countryside and the story of the immensely likable and sympathetic female characters. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I’ll be looking for more books by this writer.
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  • Cindy Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Spellbinding!I haven’t read a book from the beginning to the ending in well over twenty years. The name of this book grabbed my attention and I downloaded it to my iPad. I finished the book in two days. The Snow Gypsy had me smiling and crying. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
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  • Jackie Cain
    January 1, 1970
    I shouldn't have selected this from Amazon First but I didn't realise she'd written another book I really didn't like. Ms Ashford is just not to my taste. It feels overly simplistic and unrealistic - to me.
  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    This was a Kindle first reads for Jan. so it was a freebie. Sometimes those are hit or miss, but this was a hit! Beautiful writing, characters you could fall in love with, and gorgeous descriptions of the Spanish countryside post WWII. Fine Historical fiction.
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  • Robbin
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful read and fascinating/heartbreaking historical information.This story weaves together many facets of suppressed history from a woman's perspective. A glimpse into the dark past that also shows the power of humans to overcome and thrive in spite of their history.
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  • Amy Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Disturbing/enlighteningEducated me on the other horror in Europe before during and after World War 2. Knowledge of the past helps us to understand the present and hopefully prevent future catastrophes.
  • Dianne R. Bowker
    January 1, 1970
    Sad can be goodA had read for a dark winter day. History is nothing if not personal.. Be prepared to cry and yet feel a warm sense of c!osure.
  • wayne c blawat
    January 1, 1970
    Remember Those We LostWonderful characters in search of loved ones lost. We often hear of millions lost but how often do we hear of those left behind?
  • Cristina Arama
    January 1, 1970
    Great book, inspired by someone who actually existed. Fictional story entwined with historical events. It had me hooked from the very beginning.
  • Saralou Durham
    January 1, 1970
    I knew little of the Spanish areas where the Cicl War went on after WWII and found this book intriguing, but sad in many ways,
  • Megan Millard
    January 1, 1970
    It was definitely formulaic but it was still an enchanting read.
  • Glenda Clemens
    January 1, 1970
    Superb!I was captivated by the title then by the story. I love historical fiction that tells the deeper truths of events. This was one of the best I’ve ever read.
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