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The Time In Between (edition 2011)

by Maria Duenas

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Title:The Time In Between
Authors:Maria Duenas
Info:Atria Books (2011), Edition: Tra, Kindle Edition, 626 pages
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The Time in Between by María Dueñas

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    soffitta1: Both books have a heroine whose life is changed through meeting a man, taking them on journeys far from home and into a world that is both exotic, but fraught with danger.
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    albavirtual: Una historia de pasión, espionaje, intriga, en los años de la Guerra Civil española
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This is a nice story of nice girl, Sira, who grows up poor in Spain before World War II. She’s a seamstress there with her mother until, years later, she is swept off her feet by a man who takes her to Morocco only to leave her there high and dry. Now she’s alone and in debt, but all is well when she opens business there as a seamstress. But that’s not all she is. And so on. As historical fiction, Spain before and up to World War II, this book excels.

But THE TIME IN BETWEEN disappointed me because it was so predictable. I could predict everything that happened. And I don’t mean just the historical facts. Everything that happened to Sira, every mess she got into, I could predict. At least, that’s the way it seemed to me. I know people who disagree. ( )
  techeditor | Jul 15, 2014 |
Un drama enmarcado en la Guerra Civil española. Sira, es una mujer trabajadora que se va de España para construirse un futuro como modista. Poco a poco su posición va mejorando, y consigue convertirse en un personaje importante en la época del Franquismo ( )
  cristinabj | Oct 21, 2013 |
I won an ARC of this novel from here at GoodReads. I finally got around to reading it and absolutely enjoyed it. You can read my review (contains some spoilers) on my blog: http://www.caffeinatedlife.net/blog/2011/10/15/review-the-time-in-between/ ( )
  caffeinatedlife | Sep 1, 2013 |
Overly wordy and too drawn out to keep my interest. ( )
  digitalmaven | Aug 24, 2013 |
"Fresh Meat" by Victoria Janssen for Criminal Element

I love reading about women spies in exciting settings. The Time In Between’s heroine, Sira Quiroga, journeys from Madrid to Tangiers and thence to Tetouan and to Lisbon in a deeply involving historical saga. The young seamstress grows up poor in Madrid in the shadow of the Spanish Civil War. Her first great romantic adventure leads to her betrayal and abandonment, far from home. But from the depths of despair, she recreates herself, making new friends and a new life for herself in Morocco, at that time a Spanish colony, and rife with intrigue leading up to World War II. The intrigue is lavishly described in deep historical detail; the author provides some of her wide-ranging bibliography at the end of the book.

(Read the rest at http://www.criminalelement.com/blogs/2011/10/fresh-meat-the-time-in-between-by-m... )
  CrimeHQ | Apr 11, 2013 |
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This thrilling debut is marked by immaculate prose and a driving narrative, establishing Dueñas as a writer to watch

See also the author profile in PW Oct 2011
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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.

Already a runaway bestseller across Europe, The Time In Between is one of those rare, richly textured novels that enthrall down to the last page. María Dueñas reminds us how it feels to be swept away by a masterful storyteller.
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