Welcome to my stop on Salt the Snow by Carrie Callaghan blog tour hosted by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours! I have a review and giveaway for you so make sure to read all the way to the bottom to check it out.
I love stories of strong women, and Salt the Snow features a war correspondent, Milly Bennett, an American journalist who has covered newsworthy tragedies in San Francisco, Hawaii, China, and now, with Salt the Snow, she arrives in 1930s Moscow.
Milly’s husband is Russian, but that doesn’t keep him safe from the secret police. She tries to get him released, but instead, secret after secret flies out about her marriage and also the Soviet Union.
When Milly is called to a new “assignment,” she has to decide what is right regarding her husband.
Milly is a fabulously formidable main character. You can’t help but love her and be inspired by her heart. The author brings the setting and time period to life. I even felt the bitter cold.
Milly was a real woman, and I’m so grateful Carrie Callaghan shined a light on her story, one I’ve never been taught or read about before, one that would have likely been lost to history like those of so many other strong, trailblazing women.
I received a complimentary copy.
Salt the Snow
by Carrie Callaghan
Publication 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.
â€œThe 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!â€ â€”Clarissa Harwood, author of Impossible Saints and Bear No Malice
â€œA vivid, well-researched story of a complex and ahead-of-her-time woman, an American journalist, who finds herselfâ€”head and heartâ€”while living and working in an equally complex Russia.â€ â€”Jenni L. Walsh, author of Becoming Bonnie
â€œSalt the Snow is a vivid journey through the kaleidoscope of 1930s Europe with an irrepressible and all too human guide in Milly Bennett. Donâ€™t miss this book and its unforgettable heroine!â€ â€”Linnea Hartsuyker, author of The Half-Drowned King and The Golden Wolf
â€œHonest, 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.â€ â€”Jennifer Klepper, bestselling author of Unbroken Threads
About the Author
Carrie 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 Masterâ€™s of Arts in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday, January 15
Review at Broken Teepee
Thursday, January 16
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Friday, January 17
Review at Books and Zebras
Monday, January 20
Review at A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, January 21
Interview at A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, January 22
Review at My Reading Chronicles
Thursday, January 23
Review at @rebecca.is.reading
Friday, January 24
Review at Wild Sage Book Blog
Wednesday, January 29
Review at Jackie & Angela’s Book Reviews
Thursday, January 30
Review at Passages to the Past
Friday, January 31
Interview at Passages to the Past
Monday, February 3
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Tuesday, February 4
Review at Lost_in_a_book_reviewer
Wednesday, February 5
Review at Impressions In Ink
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