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
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.
Rght up there . Very long but really good.
The twist near the end,I didnt see coming though in hindsight it was staring at me.
Little bit hard to keep up with the numerous characters and which era you are in but worth persevering.
Very high....I couldn't put this down at some points. There was a surprise around every corner.
I like the history and location of the story. I have visited Florence and knew the places mentioned in the story.
Caroline Lee is always an exceptional reader.
all main characters
this is a perfect title will not change anything
i read a lot this is one of the best books i have read recently
Yes, I would because it is a good story about a time and place in history few of my friends know little about. I loved how we get carried into te history of the Spanish civil war in all its grusomeness.
The author's formidable knowledge of history, and her ability to tell it in an interesting way. I also loved her way of describing the family relations, and I loved how all the little mysteries all comes together in the end.
I like that she manages to keep the story interesting!
La Rusa! She is an interesting woman with an interesting history, and maybe she could have finished off the meal with a little dance?
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