Pub Date: September 26, 2014
An unforgettable journey into the heart of one family torn apart by war. Granada, 1920. Free-spirited Luisa and young poet Eduardo fall in love, cementing a bond that can never be broken. Behind the jasmine filled courtyard, perched amongst houses like clouds on a hilltop, stands a beautiful villa; Carmen de las Estrellas. Beneath its walls live Eduardo and Luisa with their thriving family, but war is looming, casting its shadow over the household. When Civil War finally breaks out, Luisa and Eduardo must fiercely protect those dear to them. Yet these are turbulent times, and as each of their children begin to make their way in the world, the solace of home cannot shield them from the horrors of war.
Review: I would first like to say that this is an extraordinary story. I haven’t really read any fiction that depicts the civil war in Spain during this early 1900’s and it was deeply emotional to read about. I have to admit I had a different mind- set going into this story due to the title because I feel like the story doesn’t really center around Luisa but around her whole family and what they experienced first-hand during this turbulent time.
There are a few things I feel I should point out and normally I tend to stay away from little things that bother me about stories due to the fact I really did enjoy reading this story. I would have liked to have seen stronger character development of Luisa and I felt her relationship with her husband Eduardo wasn’t quite convincing me of their love for each other….for several reasons but I won’t comment. You just need to read the story to form your own opinion. Also, this story expands over a large period of years but towards the end of the story it jumps quite a bit to the story of Isabel’s daughter. Which I did enjoy reading about but I felt it was rushed.
The characters that really stood out to me the most was Isabel, Mar and Pablo. I loved all three immensely and I would have like to have seen a little more back story on Pablo. I felt the author did a fabulous job with the setting, and the historical detail and I like the author’s style of writing. I felt I was really in that period…one of the important things I like to experience when reading in this genre. All in all this is a story worth reading and I do recommend it to all.
Stephanie Moore Hopkins