Ines of My Soul: A Novel

Ines of My Soul: A Novel

by Isabel Allende
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Ines of My Soul: A Novel by Isabel Allende

In the early years of the conquest of the Americas, Inés Suárez, a seamstress condemned to a life of toil, flees Spain to seek adventure in the New World. As Inés makes her way to Chile, she begins a fiery romance with Pedro de Valdivia, war hero and field marshal to the famed Francisco Pizarro. Together the lovers will build the new city of Santiago, and they will wage war against the indigenous Chileans—a bloody struggle that will change Inés and Valdivia forever, inexorably pulling each of them toward separate destinies.

Inés of My Soul is a work of breathtaking scope that masterfully dramatizes the known events of Inés Suárez's life, crafting them into a novel rich with the narrative brilliance and passion readers have come to expect from Isabel Allende.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062254450
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 106,342
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and a novel that has become a world-renowned classic, The House of the Spirits. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

Hometown:

San Rafael, California

Date of Birth:

August 2, 1942

Place of Birth:

Lima, Peru

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Ines of My Soul 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ines of my soul written by Isabel Allende is about a girl named Ines Suarez. She was born into a poor family in Spain, a seamstress girl, finds herself condemned to a life of hard work without reward or hope for the future. Her husband left to Peru and doesn’t come back for a while and she decides that she wants to get out and explore more so she uses the excuse that she was trying to find him but really just wants to have an adventure. So Ines goes with her niece Constantine. In search of her husband she hears news about something that changed her life forever. After being in Peru for a while Ines meets a man named Pedro Valdivia. She falls madly in love with him and soon after they get married. He was a war hero and field marshal to Francisco Pizarro. So, together Ines and Pedro build a new city of Santiago and start a ruthless war against indigenous Chileans. They both encounter horrible struggles that later pull them farther apart than ever before. I thought this book was pretty good as a first time reader of a book written by and about Hispanic stories it was very interesting. This book was about love and adventure which are my favorite types of books to read. I mostly would recommend this book to young teens and women. Guys honestly would mostly likely find it cheesy and boring. In the beginning I thought it was kind of slow and didn’t make much sense to me but as I kept going more and more thoughts came about in my mind that kept me literally on the edge of my seat. So, yes I do like this book and I do recommend it to people who love romance and adventures.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ines of My Soul, written by Isabel Allende, is a novel written about a young woman, who lived in the 1500's, named Ines Suarez. Ines ventures away from her home town Plasencia, Spain to go in search of her husband Juan de Malaga. Juan has left her, because of his loss of marital lust soon after there marriage and also to search for El Dorado, the lost city of gold. Ines, now sentenced to be a "widow of the new world", is to strong of woman to sit around for the rest of her life, sentenced to nothing but her skill of sewing and cooking. In thinking about her personal needs, Ines decides that she should venture to Peru with her niece, Constanza. After Ines and her niece arrive in Peru, she gets into a fight with a man, which ends in his death. Ines is very regretful of this action because now she is a wanted woman of this unknown land. When on the run, Ines meets a man named Pedro de Valdivia, in which she falls in love with immediately after their first meeting. It is after this that she decides to go on a great adventure with Pedro scaling over a large Chilean desert and coming in contact with the Mapuche Indians, who are ruled by chief Michimalonko. This novel tells the tails of great warriors, the hardships and also prosperities which you can reach with your heart set to what it wants. I did not like this novel although because it deserves a very strong and happy ending, which is not the case. I will say that the rest of the novel was strongly written although because once into it, it got me on the edge of my seat to turn the pages to see what may lie on the other side. If it had not been for the dreary ending, this would definatley be on my recommendation list for anyone who likes a good read about love and adventure.
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Beegle More than 1 year ago
Although it was very brutal, I liked learning about the Spanish conquests in the Americas and Chile in particular. The book got off to a good start, but turned into more of a historical narative than a novel. I thought it was not up to Allende standard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me of why I am a fan of Allende's. Her writing flows. Her characters breathe. The story line never falters. All this, and a touch of the mystical besides! Loved it!
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cherrymoon13 More than 1 year ago
If you like historical novels then this one is a 5 star choice. What an amazing book. Wow. The story, plot, characters, actual history, etc. You are almost literally transported into the book with such detail and accuracy of description. Ines' story is one every female should know about. (Though I do feel like the author actually downplayed her a bit in comparison to what I've read about her elsewhere. And it just bugged me that the cover girl who's supposed to be Ines is obviously of indian/native american decent which is stupid because the main character is from spain!)
But the book was stupendous. Could not put it down and finished it in record time.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Isabel Allende's work. Once again she has satisfied my expectations with an interesting, hard to put down novel. If you are into romance and history, you'll love her intricate plots and colorful characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found Ines to be a very rich and warm main character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book as much as I did Daughter of Fortune but that doesn¿t mean that this book is not interesting. Many times I felt that the main character¿s story became secondary to the historical accounts of the conquering of Chile. Ines of My Soul is very interesting especially if you like to read about history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading Zorro (by Mrs. Allende) I was expecting Ines of my soul to be a good read (as other novels she had written) but ended up with a not so good taste in my mouth. It is engaging and entertaining at the beginning which is short, then you go into boring details of characters followed by war episodes that are extremely long and repetitive, so much that the main characters lose strength. You end up feeling this book title should have been 'The war between Spaniards and Mapuches' It is said that Ines Suarez was the only Spanish woman conqueror in Chile's history and this novel does not fortify or diminish her image, it comes across as a plain, flat account.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Isabel Allende continues to amaze me with her novels. Like all of her works, Inés of my Soul transposes the reader right into the story and gives you an account of the founding of the Kingdom of Chile. It is true, that in trying to keep with the accuracy of history, the novel at times can become slightly repetitive and bore down with detail, but at the same time creates a surreal account of the life of Inés Suarez and the other founders of Chile that is still full of human emotion that I could just not stop reading. Over all, an incredible book that I would recommend to anyone, especially those that enjoys Allende¿s work or history.