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Golden Earrings by Belinda Alexandra
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Golden Earrings (edition 2011)

by Belinda Alexandra (Author)

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Paloma Batton is the grand-daughter of Spanish refugees who fled Barcelona after the Civil War. A disciplined student with the School of the Paris Opera Ballet, Paloma lets little get in the way of her career until she receives a visit from an otherworldly being who leaves her with a pair of golden earrings. Sensing that she has been given a quest, Paloma begins exploring her own Spanish heritage and makes the connection between the visitor and 'la Rusa', a woman who rose from poverty to become one of the great flamenco dancers of modern times. La Rusa died while living in Paris in 1952. Her death was ruled a suicide but as Paloma begins to unravel the secrets of the past, she discovers more than one person who had good reason for wanting la Rusa dead, including Paloma's own grandmother. Golden Earrings is a story that moves between two great cities: Barcelona in the lead up to the Civil War and Paris in the 1970s. It is the story of two women and the extremes to which they are willing to go for love. It is a story of great passions - and great betrayals - where nothing is quite as it seems.… (more)
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Title:Golden Earrings
Authors:Belinda Alexandra (Author)
Info:HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd (2011), 528 pages
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I loved this book! Golden Earrings is a story spanning three generations told over much of the 20th century. Paloma Batton is an aspiring ballerina working towards the exams at the School of the Paris Opera Ballet when she is visited by the ghost of La Rusa, a flamenco dancer, who hands her a pair of gold hoops. So begins a journey through Spain that tells the story of La Rusa's life amidst the backdrop of the Spanish Revolution. I thought this story was well written & really liked La Rusa as a person. I wasn't totally sold on Paloma at first but I soon warmed to her as the story progressed. The story flowed well, parts of it are absolutely beyond imagination but I found the historical side really interesting & intriguing too. If you like historical fiction you'll love this :O)
  leah152 | Jun 20, 2020 |
If you are interested in Spanish history (20 th century) this may interest you. But be warned, as an audio book this was difficult to follow as Caroline Lee's voice did not provide enough contrast between characters. Add to this Ms. Alexandra's penchant for detail and you have a recipe for a long winded and at times boring book; which is a pity as my first Alexanra read was 'Tuscan Rose' and the reason for listening to Golden Earrings. ( )
  DCarlin | Jan 23, 2016 |
Very nice story and an excellent lesson in Spanish history. Maybe just a bit longer than it needed to be. I was ready to wrap it up near the end. I thought the narration was well done. ( )
  Iudita | Jan 11, 2014 |
This differs somewhat from earlier Alexandra novels in that the title does not include a flower, and that it is written in two different time periods - more reminescent of Kate Morton (another fine Australian author). How it does not differ is that it is an engrossing, sometimes heart-breaking novel about a woman (well, two women, actually) during a traumatic time in European history - in this case the Spanish Civil war. Whilst some of the plot twists may seem a little predictable, it was a highly compelling read and a fine edition to Belinda Alexandra's repoirtre. Contains obligatory reference to Australia too - of course. ( )
  LemurKat | Sep 12, 2013 |
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Paloma Batton is the grand-daughter of Spanish refugees who fled Barcelona after the Civil War. A disciplined student with the School of the Paris Opera Ballet, Paloma lets little get in the way of her career until she receives a visit from an otherworldly being who leaves her with a pair of golden earrings. Sensing that she has been given a quest, Paloma begins exploring her own Spanish heritage and makes the connection between the visitor and 'la Rusa', a woman who rose from poverty to become one of the great flamenco dancers of modern times. La Rusa died while living in Paris in 1952. Her death was ruled a suicide but as Paloma begins to unravel the secrets of the past, she discovers more than one person who had good reason for wanting la Rusa dead, including Paloma's own grandmother. Golden Earrings is a story that moves between two great cities: Barcelona in the lead up to the Civil War and Paris in the 1970s. It is the story of two women and the extremes to which they are willing to go for love. It is a story of great passions - and great betrayals - where nothing is quite as it seems.

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