I love how Ruta Sepetys’ books are always about historical events that many people don’t know about. This story was amazing, fast-paced and very well written. It tells the story of 1957 Spain, which is still under fascist rule. It follows Daniel, a teenager from Texas visit Madrid with his parents, and Ana, a Spanish citizen working at the hotel where Daniel lives. Sepetys paints a colorful picture of life in 1950s Madrid and how its citizens are trying to survive under Franco's regime.
I appreciated how realistic this story was, especially in regards to the romance between Daniel and Ana. The biggest surprise was the underlying plot of orphanages in Spain at that time, and some of the unethical practices of obtaining orphans and adopting them to rich citizens and foreigners.
I highly recommend this book, and all of Ruta Sepetys' books, to anyone who loves well researched historical fiction.