About the Book
Salt the Snow by Carrie CallaghanPublication Date: February 4, 2020 Chicago Review Press eBook & Hardcover; 304 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction American journalist Milly Bennett has covered murders in San Francisco, fires in Hawaii, and a civil war in China, but 1930s Moscow presents her greatest challenge yet. When her young Russian husband is suddenly arrested by the secret police, Milly tries to get him released. But his arrest reveals both painful secrets about her marriage and hard truths about the Soviet state she has been working to serve. Disillusioned and pulled toward the front lines of a captivating new conflict, Milly must find a way to do the right thing for her husband, her conscience, and her heart. Salt the Snow is a vivid and impeccably researched tale of a woman ahead of her time, searching for her true calling in life and love.
Praise for Salt the Snow“The vivid prose of Salt the Snow sets the reader in the middle of socioeconomic upheavals and political unrest with the best possible tour guide, wisecracking American journalist Milly Bennett. Callaghan excels at bringing little-known real-life women out of the darkness of historical obscurity and into the light of recognition. From the first scene, the reader is plunged into a world of suspense and intrigue, led by an unforgettable protagonist. Milly is not so much a character as a fully realized, complex human being: her brilliance and self-sufficiency are admirable, and her loneliness and feelings of unworthiness are heartbreaking. A fascinating novel!” —Clarissa Harwood, author of Impossible Saints and Bear No Malice
“A vivid, well-researched story of a complex and ahead-of-her-time woman, an American journalist, who finds herself—head and heart—while living and working in an equally complex Russia.” —Jenni L. Walsh, author of Becoming Bonnie
“Salt the Snow is a vivid journey through the kaleidoscope of 1930s Europe with an irrepressible and all too human guide in Milly Bennett. Don’t miss this book and its unforgettable heroine!” —Linnea Hartsuyker, author of The Half-Drowned King and The Golden Wolf
“Honest, vivid, and bold in the face of historical truths, Salt the Snow is a captivating story of a woman whose vulnerability and hopeful idealism resonate even today.” —Jennifer Klepper, bestselling author of Unbroken Threads
I have been so excited for this book since I first found out about it, and let me tell you it did not disappoint! The story it set in such an intriguing time in history, following Russia’s transition to Socialism. Salt the Snow follows Millie Bennet, who was one of the first female war correspondents in history. Part of the reason I love reading historical fiction is seeing how much history is involved in these stories. I can honestly say I did not know much about this time period in Russia before going into this story, but now I want to continue to learn more and more about the people who lived in it.
I really enjoyed the parallel time frames in this book. It added an almost “thriller” type of feel to the story. As more information is shared between the two perspectives the story starts to come together. Let’s just say I was hooked. Like so hooked that I refused to put it down for sleep and wound up falling asleep and losing my place (the HORROR!).
The writing was also amazingly lush. When I think of Russia I always think cold, and I definitely felt that reading this story! The descriptions took me to this glum but wild setting.
All in all, this story was an amazing and intense read! I love a book that makes me want to learn more, and I definitely had google open the entire time I was reading. All of the information just made me so intrigued to find out more and fill any gaps in my knowledge.
About the AuthorCarrie Callaghan is a writer living in Maryland with her spouse, two young children, and two ridiculous cats. Her short fiction has appeared in Weave Magazine, The MacGuffin, Silk Road, Floodwall, and elsewhere. Carrie is also an editor and contributor with the Washington Independent Review of Books. She has a Master’s of Arts in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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