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Most Helpful Favorable Review

26 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

Exceptional book

I am going to be honest. I said I would read this book because I think I need to read more women authors and more foreign writers, just to get out of my comfort zone. But when I finally got the book in my hands and read the synopsis I was scared because it was hitting a...
I am going to be honest. I said I would read this book because I think I need to read more women authors and more foreign writers, just to get out of my comfort zone. But when I finally got the book in my hands and read the synopsis I was scared because it was hitting a lot of things I tend to avoid. What will I have in common with a pre WWII seamstress as she deals with love and intrigue in Southern Europe. A dressmaker for goodness sake! But being the dutiful guy that I am I took it to work with me to read on break, to at least make a start. That was a mistake, a big mistake, because BLOODY HELL THIS BOOK ROCKED!! I was distracted at work for the rest of the day and immediately devoured this book as soon as I got home - all 600 pages of it. People like to talk about the skill of the writing as if that is what made a good book, but in reality it is voice (flow) and story and María Dueñas has this in spades. The story is so compelling and slowly grabs you that you do not notice how tightly it has you trapped. Think of flow as notes in a piano recital; bad flow jars you just like an off note. The time in between just flows beautiful y as the pages go by. Very smooth without any off notes at all. What really came alive for me was the society that the heroine had to operate in, pre WWII Spain (& Morocco). It was dedicated to seeing who was loyal to the cause, forcing people to choose sides in a no win situation. But as in all unrighteous dominion situations it rapidly degenerated to a he said/she said scenario. You begin to lose all trust in those around you, even those that are closest. When you can't trust anyone you have no family (in any sense of the word), and that is the beginning of death for any society. Our heroine survived because in even the worst of situations she was always able to find someone, one lifeline to normalcy, someone to trust. It was that connection that got her thorough and it is a good lesson for all of us. Do not hesitate to get this book as soon as it comes out (November 2011 - though currently available for the Kindle). It should appeal to everyone, from millions of Europeans where this book was originally released to mystery loving guys living in Minnesota. This book has it all and is at the top of my recommend to friends list.

posted by bookhimdanno on September 4, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

If you like history, you should read this.

While the story here was fantastic, a lot of the book is devoted to historical background. I sometimes felt that Sira disappeared for the sake of slotting in large chunks of history, halting the plot and my interest. Overall though, the novel is beautifully written, I c...
While the story here was fantastic, a lot of the book is devoted to historical background. I sometimes felt that Sira disappeared for the sake of slotting in large chunks of history, halting the plot and my interest. Overall though, the novel is beautifully written, I cared about the characters, and the history is worth knowing.

posted by bfriedman on September 14, 2012

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    If you like history, you should read this.

    While the story here was fantastic, a lot of the book is devoted to historical background. I sometimes felt that Sira disappeared for the sake of slotting in large chunks of history, halting the plot and my interest. Overall though, the novel is beautifully written, I cared about the characters, and the history is worth knowing.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Interesting but long

    This book has a good plot, is actually well written, but a bit long winded at times. There are several chapters where the author writes about political situations that are important to the story, to be sure, however should have been done in less amount of pages. It got a bit boring. When she actually writes about the plot it was an interesting read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    An enjoyable summer read

    Although this is a pager turner, I can't give it rave reviews. The plot is somewhat contrived with convenient coincidences occurring just in time to save our heroine from certain destruction. The brief historical passages are informative and provide a vivid setting for the events of the narrative. Notwithstanding my criticisms, this was a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Predictable

    Interesting, charming, implausible coming of age story of a young woman. Unfortunately, the ending was highly predictable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

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    The Time In Between by Maria Duenas chronicles the life of Sira

    The Time In Between by Maria Duenas chronicles the life of Sira Quiroga. This novel was translated to English and was a hit in both the United States and overseas in Europe.
    Synopsis:
    Sira has known nothing but dressmaking all her life. She has worked in the workshop where her mother works. Her mother and Dona Manuela the owner have taught her everything they know on the subject of dressmaking. Once she is grown life takes a different turn and she follows her lover across the Mediterranean to Morocco and the Spanish colony. They live the high life until one morning Sira is left with nothing. Once she has been discovered with the debt by the police she has to deal with the consequences of her actions. Sira decides to remake herself into a courtier dressmaker with the help of some friends. What could this mean for the future? Will she be able to trust men in the future? Will she flourish as a dressmaker?
    My Thoughts:
    I initially saw this novel at Barnes and Noble while at a signing. I love a good historical fiction novel. When you open up the cover to read the summary of the novel most of the story is given away in the summary. I was disappointed because I felt that it revealed much of the story. When I read this book by page 130 I had covered what the summary discussed. The question became what is the novel about? Would I like the rest of it?
    Unfortunately the answer for me is not really. I would recommend listening to the novel as an audiobook. This novel is 610 pages. While this may not mean much to some, the pages did not keep me interested.
    I did like the part of the novel that focused on World War 2. Sira has an interesting job during this time. I did find other parts interesting as well. by Jencey Gortney Writer's Corner

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Great Story

    The writing isn't great but it's good enough. The story is engaging however and it is an enjoyable read. I recommend it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    I loved this book!

    This is the kind of book that made me sad when it was coming to an end. The main character is fascinating and there many twists and turns in the story. Plus, it was an easy way to learn something about Spanish history.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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