Usually their extravagant sexuality vanished the moment they stopped dancing but with this girl it was different. I fully enjoyed her characterisations and this kept me reading when I otherwise may have given up. Hislop avoids, too, the temptation of a chocolate-box ending. I felt there was lack of development i I enjoy books with a historical aspect and seem to have read a few related to the Spanish Civil War recently and this one was enjoyable enough if not a little predictable. And yet this is not a bad book. It just doesn’t ring true. I ended up flipping quickly through the last coupel of hundred pages to have my suspicions confirmed. It was an interesting read as I knew next to nothing about the Spanish Civil War.

Her heart is in the right place, she did her homework, she just doesn’t have the novelistic skill to carry it off. I also felt that the end of the book was a little rushed, with Sonia’s story being a little pushed into the last chapter and a bit. This part is very similiar to “The Island” as both heroines are having relationship issues and are both facing similiar difficult choices.. Over time, Miguel shares with her the heartbreaking stories of the Spanish Civil War , focusing particularly on the Ramirez family — the original owners of the cafe he took over many decades earlier. The style of writing is good, and the characters are interesting. The shifts from present to flashback are artless and don’t segue as well as I would’ve edited them As if this weren’t enough of an integrity challenge, we are further asked to believe the strong connections between the Ramirez family and Sonia, which are inevitably revealed towards the end.

Antonio, the kind eldest son; Ignacio, the tempestuous bull fighter; Emilio, the gentle guitarist; and Mercedes, their fiery young flamenco dancer and only daughter. I received a copy of The Return ivctoria HarperCollins for review purposes.

The story is simply a showcase for the events of the war.


There are two strands to the story, a modern on e and one concerning the Spanish Civil War. And finally, I don’t have a problem with coincidences in novels, or indeed in real life hey, I enjoy Kate Atkinsonqueen of coincidences! Quotes from The Return.

BUT, it reads like a school book for children. Bedazzled February 18, at 5: There were maybe one to many coincidences that tied up the ending too neatly for me, I mean the chances of this happening in real life are just so extreme, but then this is a novel and such endings are allowed. But I’m giving it two stars instead of one, hiislop The Ramirez family’s world shatters with the beginning of the war as their sons oppose each other, betray each other, and one by one, the family members are arrested, killed, or face some life changing complication due to the war.

She exuded a sensuality, the memory of which would keep him awake that night. aynopsis


I am going to give the Spanish Civil War theme one more try. Notify me of new posts via email. Over time, Miguel shares with her the heartbreaking stories of the Spanish Civil Warfocusing particularly on the Ramirez family — the original owners of the cafe he took over many decades earlier.

As battles continue and synopsus war takes them farther from one another, I hoped right along with our young dancer that they would find each other again.

Perhaps Ghosts of Spain: So far the story only follows the modern tale, BUT there is one thing that is amazing. They head to Granada to attend a course, much to the disapproval of Sonia’s husband James, who reckons she should concentrate her energies on hosting dinner parties and providing a son and heir.

Despite all of this, The Return, is just such a wonderfully moving story, and every single atom of the trials and tribulations of the Ramirez family is totally believable. The style of writing is good, and the characters are interesting.


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Learn how your comment data is processed. Mercedes was the only daughter of the Ramirez family, ominously divided by their political beliefs.

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Every now and then,Hislop remembers, oops, Miguel is hlslop to be telling the story here, so she flips back to the present day for a paragraph so that they can order another coffee. Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada’s cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets.

The descriptions of flamenco are so well done. It opens in the present with a more light-hearted subject: It is a gentle start as this first part is set mainly in modern day Granada with Sonia and Synopsix. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Return to Book Page.

Jardines, Mirasol, Cruz, Puentezuelas, Capuchinas It shocked me to find out that this was happening in the 20th centuary and yet I did not learn anything about it at school. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! I am an Amazon associate. As per my review policy updated Dec. I have always been a big fan of historical fiction as it really brings the past to life in a way that dry school books could never do.

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