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Catalina, the grand-daughter of Spanish refugees is a disciplined student with the School of the Paris Opera Ballet. Little gets inthe way of her career until the visit of an otherworldly being, who leaves her a mysterious pair of golden earrings.
Given a quest, Catalina realises she must explore her own Spanish heritage and makes the connection between the visitor and ‘La Rusa’, a young Andalusian flamenco star.
La Rusa died in exile in Paris in 1952, her death ruled as suicide. But as Catalina begins to discover, there were those in the Spanish émigré community, amongst them her grandmother, who had good reason for wanting La Rusa dead.
©2011 Belinda Alexandra (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By Chris on 07-27-14

Needed to get halfway through to begin enjoying it

I kept with this book, even though the first half bored me. I normally love Caroline Lee as a narrator, but she kept falling out of the accent (for example, sometimes rolling her Rs, sometimes not, in the same sentence). That, along with too much emphasis on describing ladies' dresses and such, made the book seem shallow for quite some time. Halfway through, the plot began to thicken and I began to feel a bit more empathy for the characters. A good listen, if you can make it to that point.

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By Paddington on 10-19-12

Fabulous story

I loved this story and was so sorry when it finished. Belinda Alexandra is a fabulous story teller and this is yet another of wonderful story. This time set in Spain and Paris which is quite different to her previous novels. I did not know much about the Spanish civil war or Spanish culture and I found this fascinating. It was well researched. The characters are varied and complex. I am hoping that there will be many more novels written by this author.
Highly recommended.

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By Nicky on 12-08-13

Highly recommend!

Would you listen to Golden Earrings again? Why?

Yes but only after some time has elapsed and I've forgotten some of the finer details.

Who was your favorite character and why?

La Rusa, I liked her strength and loyalty and found the chapters revolving round her some of my favourite parts of the book.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There's too many to pick a favourite and don't want to give anything away to spoil it for others.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again there were quite a few, I particularly liked how some of the characters dealt with some really awful experiences but managed to stay hopeful and brave.

Any additional comments?

This is my second Belinda Alexander book, the first book being 'Tuscan Rose' which I found a very enjoyable read (unfortunately this is no longer available onAudible, which is a shame). I was not disappointed with this book either, I found it on level with the first and they both now rank as two of my favourite audio books, and I have listened to many. This book is set in two periods of time, Barcelona in the earlier part of the 20th century, telling a story which spanned over many years, and Paris in the 1970's. It was both sad and uplifting at times but also kept me hooked all the way through, I was always looking forward to my next listen to see how the story was going to unfold.

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By mrs j a l elliott on 12-24-12

The cost to families of Spanish civil war

One of several novels stimulated by Spain's apology in 2007, the survival of traditional Spanish music and dance being part of gypsy culture which was targeted by Franco. Linked to tradional ballet in Paris. Real characters stunning story with ghostly associations

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By Lynnette Dyer on 02-10-17

Excellent value, powerful story

Another wonderful story by this author and reader, as well as a piece of history I will always remember. If we could learn history in school through such powerful books it would stay forever.
Complicated twists and turns until the jigsaw finally is completed. I have read Tuscan Rose and Sapphire Skies and was left with the same enjoyment and feeling of being told a huge secret. Highly recommended for history, fiction, love, anger and crossing the barrier if ages. Thank you Belinda and Caroline.

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By Veronica on 04-15-16

Beautifully written and narrated

Belinda Alexander as always researches so amazingly
This is a gripping exciting and poignant novel with great emotions and kept me listening for hours
Never bored always waiting for the next twist
Sometimes the history is gruesome but true
The dancing parts are really interesting
The narrator speaks the accents amazingly

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