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After fleeing from an abusive husband accused of murder, Celia Merrill becomes embroiled in a Spanish Civil War.

Celia's two sons march under opposing banners, whilst her twin daughters take different paths; one to the Catholic Church and the other to the battlefields. And in the shadow of war, a sinister villain from the past resurfaces with the sole purpose of destroying the entire family.

©2016 Jana Petken (P)2016 Tantor

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Too Many Implausible Decisions in This Story

We did not finish this book. A weak, insipid main character, who makes a fatal choice at the beginning that we could not quite believe, followed by many other such events--too many to draw us into the story. Characters were not nuanced, and sometimes the author made us endure painfully slow scenes with a blow-by-blow we weren't interested in. We didn't get to the end of Part One.

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Great book, story and narrator. One of the best I have enjoyed in a long time!!

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Well told story with great narrator.

The author captures the human cost of the civil war and shows that there are no winners - except perhaps those who find the courage to carry on with their lives in spite of the brutality and their own miscalculation.

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couldn't read with my history

it isn't that it was bad but having had happen things very similar to the very first three chapters I could get no further.

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  • JANE WILSON
  • 01-22-17

AWFUL READER

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This book desperately needed a good editor, and a good narrator. The text was scattered with mis-used words and appalling mispronunciations. (arthuritis!). The narrator chose to use cheeping, little girly voices which grated on the nerves. All attempts at regional accents were laughable. I gave up half way through - not really having any interest in what happened to the protagonists.
The story might have been passable with a different writer and different narrator.

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  • Fred
  • 11-23-17

Limited

An entertaining story but spoilt by basic writing style and poor standard of narration. Both became grating after a while and I abandoned the book about 30% into it.