Book Review: The Snow Gypsy by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Snow GypsyThe Snow Gypsy by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I’ve read some excellent books recently, but this one tops them all. I have no hesitation in awarding it five massive, shiny, golden stars. It is, in my view, almost perfect writing and it is an exact fit to the genre that has always been my preference. It is a work of fiction that is beautifully woven around a true story.

The writing is brilliant. It plays upon all five senses and more. Occasionally, it teetered upon overload of the sights and scents and tastes: the flowers and fruits. Usually, one scent or taste prevails in any scenario but I have experienced brilliant cuisine that bursts a dozen different tastes onto my tongue, so I was able to cope. When I say, “and more…” I mean that the writing also struck at my personal emotions and attachments to the people of the region.

This book is so compelling. It is very real and atmospheric and brings to life the lingering mistrust and prejudices that existed long after the civil war and WWII had finished. It is a quest that is fraught with danger. Who can be trusted?

The characters and their interactions are so very well developed that the reader cannot help but become involved, concerned and caring about the outcomes. I laughed and I cried.
I often anticipated the next steps, sometimes correctly, sometimes wrongly. I can still smell the scent of galán de noche, night-flowering jasmine.

Anyway, you really MUST read this book. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

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About Lance Greenfield

Blog: email: I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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