This was my first Ruta Sepetys book and I'm so blown away. The historical background made for such an emotional and impactful setting, really displaying what Spain was experiencing during this time. Daniel was my favorite character and I loved his dream of becoming a photojournalist. As a potential career choice for me, I relate to his struggles and dilemmas as a character. This was such a beautiful and alarming story. I also loved how brave Ana and her family was even though they had a tough upbringing and even tougher present life. The connections and woven history was really nice to read about. I loved the characters, I loved the mix of Spanish and English and like I said I loved the nod to photojournalism. This was such a great read and I honestly didn't want to put it down. I probably could have read it in one sitting if I had the time!!