The Olive Groves of Belchite (Vanguard) Elena Moya 2009

51AxcHAWKML._SL500_AA300_A very interesting read. From the moment I started this book I was hooked, I wanted to know where the lives of these people would lead them.

Elena describes the characters with wonderful detail, you can feel yourself really getting to know them. Her writing allows you to draw on every emotion including empathy for the characters situations. I like the way she put their thoughts in italics, as in life the hidden conversation going on behind the ‘heard’ version… how we say things and most of the time mean the complete opposite, the unsaid word.

Throw in the heritage of the Spanish history that is still haunting the characters to this day, of which I had no prior knowledge and you have both a fascinating learning experience as well as a cracking good yarn.

It has left me with lots of thoughts. I think the sign of a good book is that it is not lost from your thoughts the moment you close the last page, but lingers there for any number of reasons and affects the way you see your day to day life. I will certainly be giving it more thought.

Thanks Elena, I look forward to your next book!

The Olive Groves of Belchite (Vanguard)

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