An atmospheric, vibrant and moving tale of pain and passion at the heart of war-torn Spain, from Victoria Hislop, the million-copy best-selling author of The Island and The Thread.
Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada's cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets. Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city's shocking past; she is here to dance. But in a quiet café, a chance conversation and an intriguing collection of old photographs draw her into the extraordinary tale of Spain's devastating civil war.
Seventy years earlier, the café is home to the close-knit Ramírez family. In 1936, an army coup led by Franco shatters the country's fragile peace, and in the heart of Granada the family witnesses the worst atrocities of conflict. Divided by politics and tragedy, everyone must take a side, fighting a personal battle as Spain rips itself apart.
"Aims to open the eyes, and tug the heartstrings, of readers... Hislop deserves a medal for opening a breach into the holiday beach bag." (
"Like a literary Nigella, she whips up a cracking historical romance with a dash of family secrets and a splash of female self-discovery." ( Time Out)
"Powerful stuff." ( Daily Mail)
"Hislop somehow manages to capture the chaos and disintegration of Spain during the violence of the '30s and '40s in a dramatic, immediate way...keeps you reading at breakneck speed right to the end." ( Sunday Express)
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I had no idea about the Spanish civil war, this book has spurred me onto to read more about the party of Europe's history
I loved the whole thing really
- mixed feelings
Beautifully written, superbly narrated
Captivating, enchanting, atmospheric
This was a really good read and gripping all the way through. Jane Wymark's narration is particularly good and kept me drawn in throughout the story.