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November 27, 2009

The Return by Victoria Hislop

Metheringham Book Readers Review

I loved it and found it every bit as good as her previous book, The Island.

The description was brilliant and it was easy to find yourself right inside the scenes. Historically it was quite frightening. I knew the Spanish Civil War was quite brutal but this showed how it was violence for violence's sake and made me realise that it was a sort of rehearsal for the Second World War and the death camps. I gave it full marks for both the enjoyment and quality of the writing.


The gist of the story as explained on the back of the book - 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 bypolitics and tragedy, everyone must take a side, fighting a personal battle as Spain rips itself apart.

The book averaged scores of 7½ for enjoyment and 7 for the quality of the writing