Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Time In Between by Maria Duenas

Between Youth and Adulthood . . .

At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress. At fourteen, she quietly begins her own apprenticeship. By her early twenties she has learned the ropes of the business and is engaged to a modest government clerk. But everything changes when two charismatic men burst unexpectedly into her neatly mapped-out life: an attractive salesman and the father she never knew.

Between War and Peace . . .

With the Spanish Civil War brewing in Madrid, Sira leaves her mother and her fiancé, impetuously following her handsome lover to Morocco. However, she soon finds herself abandoned, penniless, and heartbroken in an exotic land. Among the odd collection of European expatriates trapped there by the worsening political situation back on the Continent, Sira reinvents herself by turning to the one skill that can save her: her gift for creating beautiful clothes.

Between Love and Duty . . .

As England, Germany, and the other great powers launch into the dire conflict of World War II, Sira is persuaded to return to Madrid, where she takes on a new identity to embark upon the most dangerous undertaking of her career. As the preeminent couturier for an eager clientele of Nazi officers’ wives, Sira becomes embroiled in the half-lit world of espionage and political conspiracy rife with love, intrigue, and betrayal.

Tifferz Take-
I had the privilege of reading an arc copy of this beautifully written story. I was pulled into the story quickly and loved all the detail Ms. Duenas put into the story. I felt the story had a flawless flow and excellent characters that were developed! I liked watching Sira grow and learn. This story had grit. Sira and learns a lot and sometimes it is not pretty and my heart went out to her. I also learned a bit. This book really had a lot to interest me- betrayal, love, loss, travel to Madrid, Africa and Lisbon, and survival. This is a must read and I will be reading it again. I also can wait to find more from this author. I suggest you give this a read.

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