It is 1936 and Spain is on the brink of civil war. Across Europe, young men are enlisting in the International Brigade to free their Spanish brethren from the grip of fascism, leaving sisters and lovers at home.
But not all women are content to be left behind. In Britain, Charlotte McBain and Libby Forbes, friends from opposite sides of the class divide, are determined to do what they can; in Spain, Rosita García Díaz, fiercely loyal to her family and country, cannot stand by and watch. Three brave women, inspired by patriotism, idealism, love and even revenge, dare to go into battle against tradition and oppression.
Tying them all together is Jo, Libby's granddaughter. Five decades later she travels to Spain hoping to make sense of a troubling letter hidden among her grandmother's possessions. What she learns will change all of their lives forever.
Deceit, heartbreak and a longstanding fear of reprisals must all be overcome if the deeds of the forgotten women are to be properly honoured.
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- Devera Lucia
Well Worth the Time....
The way the character's stories were intertwined with the historical events and the cultural and social mores of the time.
I don't want to give any spoilers but overall it was very engaging and the weaving of the character's lives and the historical context was excellent. Any lover of good historical novels should consider this one. Many of today's popular books are oriented toward simple, heated relationships and lack the depth and context that this book offers. As noted by some other reviewers, this story started slowly and did drag a bit at places but was well worth the time, as it had depth and told a poignant story in the character's lives as well as the larger historical picture.
Like several of the British audio book performer's, Ms Flosnik uses a soft, "breathy" voice. I much prefer that performers project so that there is more clarity of sound. In addition, Ms Flosnik emphasizes the last syllable or consonant of many words which is very distracting. I will avoid her performances in the future. Had I listened to the sample I probably would not have chosen this book as I remember being distracted and irritated by Ms Flosnik's voice in another performance. Of course, I could have switched to the book and read instead of listening but I would have had to set the book down to do other things and I was compelled to stick with this story. The performers of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society are good examples of British performers who can project well while staying true to the characters and allowing us to enjoy their beautiful accents.
No, I did not laugh or cry but I was engaged, often moved by the story, and also compelled to look for other books written about this era.
I am delighted that this book was offered as a Kindle Unlimited "read and listen." I recommend it and also think it would make a very good movie.