The Return by Victoria Hislop

About the book

An atmospheric, vibrant and moving tale of pain and passion at the heart of war-torn Spain, from Victoria Hislop, the million-copy bestselling author of THE ISLAND.

Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada’s cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets. Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city’s shocking past; she is here to dance. But in a quiet café, a chance conversation and an intriguing collection of old photographs draw her into the extraordinary tale of Spain’s devastating civil war.

Seventy years earlier, the café is home to the close-knit Ramírez family. In 1936, an army coup led by Franco shatters the country’s fragile peace, and in the heart of Granada the family witnesses the worst atrocities of conflict. Divided by politics and tragedy, everyone must take a side, fighting a personal battle as Spain rips itself apart.


Reviewed by Valleydene

“Started a bit slow but once into the story of the Ramirez family it was quite an emotional journey. Hadn’t known anything about the Spanish Civil War and that it was so recent which made it all the more poignant

star rating *** ½

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1 thought on “The Return by Victoria Hislop”

  1. Reviewed by Goodworth Clatford WI
    “Extremely well researched with a fascinating interwoven story with intricately drawn characters. This stimulated plenty of conversation”
    star rating **** +


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