Author: Maria Duenas
Publish Date: November 8, 2011
Source: ARC from the publisher
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You like an epic book.
- You want a story to get sucked into.
- You're a historical fiction fan.
From Goodreads.com: "The Time In Between is a word-of-mouth phenomenon that catapulted María Dueñas, a debut author, to the top of Spain’s bestseller lists.
This sweeping novel, which combines the storytelling power of The Shadow of the Wind with the irresistible romance of Casablanca, moves at an unstoppable pace. Suddenly left abandoned and penniless in Algiers by her lover, Sira Quiroga forges a new identity. Against all odds she becomes the most sought-after couture designer for the socialite wives of German Nazi officers. But she is soon embroiled in a dangerous political conspiracy as she passes information to the British Secret Service through a code stitched into the hems of her dresses."
My Two Cents:
There has been a lot of buzz about this book and for good reason. At over 600 pages, this book is a whopper but I flew through it. This book had everything I love about a good book. There's a little bit of history, a little mystery, a little romance and an overall story that pulls you in and doesn't let go until the last page. This is the perfect kind of book to curl up with when you have an afternoon of nothing to do but read.
Sira is an interesting character. She's smart but she seems to go wherever the wind takes her. When she ends up stranded in Morocco after her lover leaves her. It's up to her to make it on her own. Going home isn't an option; it's the late 1930s and Sira's native Spain is falling into war. Sira goes through many different stages throughout the book but the story is still totally cohesive. The other character that I fell in love with is Candelaria. She's a schemer and always seems to know what to do next.
I loved the scenery in this book. The settings are so vivid. I've never been to Morocco (it's definitely on my bucket list) but the way Duenas writes, I felt like I could see the streets. I felt like I was on the train with Sira. It's fantastic!
Bottom line: You'll get lost in this book!