Absolutely Riveting

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Set in 1950's Spain, this novel is a richly detailed and powerful portrait of a country surviving the devastation of war, and trying to move forward under the grip of a fascist dictator.
Cultural survival, religion, politics, and the emerging American presence - these seemingly unrelated layers of stories are masterfully intertwined as the plot unfolds. The multiple perspective narrative had me invested in each character making this an engrossing and mesmerizing read.
Beautiful, tragic, and suspenseful, the extraordinary storytelling transported me to another time and place full of mystery and kept secrets. In the midst of it all is a love story, not only between two people - but for a country, traditions, and the people who remain.
An extraordinary blend of fiction within a factual framework, this is truly spectacular book!