I appreciated Daniel’s perspective as the son of an oil tycoon from Texas. This was interesting since he was from an area about an hour away from where I live. More importantly, his perspective provides an American look into the country of Spain under Franco’s control. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sepetys transports the reader to Madrid in 1957 under the dictatorship of Franco decades after the Spanish Civil War and not too long after WWII. This book was a beautifully written piece on a time in history that I have not read much about. I had no idea that a dictator was in power so long and worked closely with the United States. I have only read one other book by her, but she seems to write about things in history that are not often talked about or written about in historical fiction. This is important to me because I love to learn new things when I pick up a historical fiction book. During her talk, she spoke about how she interviewed a variety of people so she could get a well-rounded idea of what life was like during this time. That research shows in her writing.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This book has a little something for everyone: a little mystery, secrets, romance, action (bullfighting), and heartbreaking historical events that will leave you wanting to know more. I would recommend this book.