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October 17, 2016

The Time In Between

The Time In Between
by Dueñas, María

Author María Dueñas spins a sweeping tale of dressmaking and intrigue, spanning the years 1935 to 1942.

The story begins with fourteen-year-old Sira Quiroga, an apprentice in a Madrid dressmaker’s shop. After several years, Sira’s life and fortunes are derailed by both the Spanish Civil War and an unfortunate romance. She finds herself in Morocco, alone, and destitute. Fortunately, her natural talents as a dressmaker will both become her salvation and will lead her toward peril.

With the passage of time, Sira finds herself now leading a double life…she has evolved into one of the most celebrated dressmakers in Europe, and complete with a THIRD identity courtesy of British Intelligence, now has access to pampered Nazi officer’s wives, their secrets, and all the accompanying dangers of being a spy during the end of the Spanish Civil War and the beginning of World War Two.

Author Maria Dueñas use of actual British Agents, Spanish politcos, and her marvelous descriptions of exotic 1930s and 1940s locales make for a very entertaining read. This novel has been called the “Spanish Downton Abbey”. I might describe this story as Casablanca meets Gone With The Wind.

The Time In Between is also available as an audiobook on CD.

             —Recommended by Mike Hylton, Irvington Branch



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