This was longer than it needed to be and had too many POVs for my taste, but it was still good. After reading this, I realize that I know next to nothing Spain's history and need to learn more.
Mixed feelings. I liked the setting & learning more about Spain during Franco‘s rule. I didn‘t care for the multiple POVs or the ridiculously short chapters. Each chapter was a different POV & since most chapters were max 2 pages, it was hard to connect with the characters in this character-driven story.
This was my January #roll100 roll 1 book
#roaringwolf hearts & flowers
A 3-for-1 post. And proof that I really do have a TBR bookcase. 😆
1️⃣ the first 25 are my #bookspin list
2️⃣ the entire list is for #roll100 – the tagged is my first roll book
3️⃣ and my reading resolution: no book buying until I have less than 20 unread on my bookcase.
And I still have another dozen books to plug into the open slots as I take one off the shelf.
Sooo the lies we tell ourselves… such as I‘m not buying anymore books! I‘m just going to shop my shelves. And then 42 books later- which includes this Ruta Sepetys book- I‘m trying to imagine reconfiguring my bookshelves which will now contain the majority of my 2210 books! Sigh! Does anyone else have this problem? #bookaddict #bookworm #bookaholic
Finished The Fountains of Silence yesterday. It‘s my least favorite of Ruta Sepetys‘s books. To be fair, I have given her other books 5 stars, and I still liked this one. It made me want to learn more about Spain under Franco.
Daniel, a rich kid from Dallas goes to Spain and meets Ana, a hotel worker assigned to his family.
I‘m terrible at summarizing books but I would recommend this book and author to anyone who likes historical fiction. I think this one is my favorite so far. I have one more to read and can‘t wait until her new one comes out in February, I believe.
All of the characters were dynamic and well-developed. I felt invested in all of their stories especially Daniel and Ana's story. I also enjoyed the added aspect of the mystery about the dead babies, empty coffins, and babies being stolen. I had no idea that this happened in real life, so I appreciated how Sepetys portrayed this. All in all the novel felt very authentic. I have read all of Sepetys's books and I think this is her best work by far!
Thanks for the tag @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
1. By number of people, either Rececca or Salvage the Bones. By discussion, probably The Fountains of Silence with our #sundaybuddyread
2. Leprechauns because I'm not certain vampires are mythical. 😉🧛♂️
I loved this YA novel! An eye-opener about the repression of the Franco regime in Spain, 1957, featuring a number of characters with secrets, including American teen Dan and Spanish teen Ana. Informative and riveting. https://cannonballread.com/2021/04/the-fountains-of-silence-elcicco/
I was unfamiliar with this spot of history - the stifling oppression under Franco's reign after the Spanish Civil War. Set in Madrid 1957, we follow Ana, a young woman working at the Hotel Castellana Hilton who gets assigned to the Mathesons, a Texan oil family with a handsome son. Daniel is a budding photographer but expected to join the oil business. The dark secrets of Madrid and their families unfold here. The short chapters move quickly,⬇️
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thanks to @TheBookHippie and my #sundaybuddyread I learned so much about Francisco Franco‘s dictatorship and the U.S.‘s history with Spain during Franco‘s reign. This story was really good and each character‘s struggles were so heartfelt. I enjoyed this very much. This was my #bookspinbingo No. 7 pick.
I normally love this author. But this felt rushed somehow. Maybe she jammed too much stuff in it. No idea. Anyway. It's really good, but not her best.
#SundayBuddyRead with @TheBookHippie and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#BookSpinBingo square 3
I didn‘t end up participating in any of the weekly discussions for the #SundayBuddyRead, but I did finish this one! 🙈 I enjoyed it for the most part, but I found the ending a bit abrupt (the audiobook finished playing while I was making dinner and I thought “that‘s it?!”) and it was a bit melodramatic at times. I enjoyed the introduction to a part of history that isn‘t often explored in books! 4⭐️ @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie
I wanted to like this one more. I liked a lot of the characters but and was vested in their stories but it ultimately felt underdeveloped. I wanted more of what happened to them and the end of the main part of the story felt abruptly finished. Part two was more of an epilogue and that too felt underdeveloped. I read it as an e-book and I don‘t think that did the story any service. ⬇️
#47 of 2021. Day 4 and book 3 for #20in4 . I have read 13.5 hours. I read this book with #sundaybuddyread. This is my first book by this author and I really liked it. This story was set during the fascist regime of Franco in Spain and depicts the realities of what happened during that time. The author did a great job of immersing you in this world with great characters you became invested in. I would definitely recommend it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My 3rd Rita Sepetys book & another heart-wrenching look at history. I learned much about the horrors of fascism in Franco‘s Spain & found myself caught up in the stories of the characters. There‘s a lot going on & much to keep track of, but it‘s well worth it. I didn‘t ugly cry as i did in her other books, but I did get choked up. It‘s YA & the MCs romance reflects that but the history & its impact on the lives of the people came through strong.💔
I love Ava Gardner
Fun to see her referenced in this book.
I also realised I don‘t actually own the books I‘ve read and seen of hers 😳 must fix 🤣 book problems !
Wonderful documentary https://www.amazon.com/Ava-Gardner-Life-Bigger-Movies/dp/B078TKXT8F
I really enjoyed this book! SO many plot lines, but all of them were interesting. I had a few theories on how things would wrap up, but was wrong about most of it, haha. I love historical fiction, but typically would go for Regency era pieces. I have recently been branching out and this was a wonderful read to learn more about Spain in this time period as well as life under Franco's regime.
I thank you my fellow readers for another wonderful month of reading and discussion 🤍🤍
Sundays are the best days in this crazy world right now. I look forward to them every week!
A lot of these books I‘d never read. Some I‘d never finish 🤣 but always I learn, thank you for that 🤍
On to April 🤍🤍🤍
The authors notes
You can‘t know another‘s history and speak of it first person. The toll of fascism silence and regime is often on women and especially children ...
what did you think of her long explanation ? What did you learn reading this?
For me personally it‘s always about educating the young teaching them truth. The real truth. Not sound bites from news.
“When you discover truth you must speak it aloud and help others do the same. Truth breaks the chain of silence ..it sets us all free.”
That‘s the end ?!
TWINS Julia‘s child and Daniels sister. Lali and Cristina are sisters.
Did we all see that coming ????
Daniel feels her before he sees her. What do you think of their reunion. To cliche? Or what we wanted to read? Them together.
Ben. Took care of Ana with Paco, who was HUNTING Nazis of all things! Ben getting Ana the job. I think he is my favorite character in the book. What were your thoughts?
Cristina. Why did Daniels mom never want her to return?
As soon as Cristina is there she feels emotional and a magnetic pull. Do you feel that about a place?
Daniels mom died of cancer and he helped raise his sister. Interesting plot line? Both he and Nick ended up in the end with their fathers……
So Daniel still saw Ben, Ben has died by this time, but pretty much told him to live and stop being angry and fix hisself. Was Ana the only fix for him?
Nick writing a letter every year to Daniel. What do you think of that? THEN he sends word that he is in Madrid, and a picture of Ana?
Franco is DEAD. President Ford of the US was with sorrow.
Thoughts? Also what a relief this must have been.
It‘s been 18 years. Oh also Laura Beth is DIVORCED. Hahahaha.
What do you think of the story jumping like this?
Americas part in Spain and Franco. Shocking to you? Did you know? What are you thoughts? Is the US complicit in Franco‘s long reign?
Letters, coins and a gutted, hollow, anger and so sad. Daniel as he leaves. UGH.
Rafa released from jail and feeling about the same.
Fascism has many layers.
Why would anyone wish for Fascism ? Why do people not see it when it is happening?
Ben, telling Daniel he will go to School he will win the contest he will get back to get Ana. Speaking into his life, at this point in reading did you think it would happen??
Ben pointing out there are ALWAYS deceitful jealous people…..but He and Ana were TRUTH. Fuga playing in Daniels mind. Daniels head. Did Daniel do the right thing at this point in the story? Was it the safest for the family?
Rafa. Fuga saved his life. Fuga was ready to die.
El Huerfano is taking care of his own.
Is his death in vain?
What do you think of the Priest throughout our reading? Good or bad?
Daniels parents ready to go oh and they adopted a baby. OY.
Do you think they couldn‘t in the states or did she want a piece of Spain in her child ?
Lali has a fever. Puri sees the TRUTH of it all.
How many twist did you see?
SO, Lorenza is the ONE writing the notes. Of course. Lorenza whose father is a Crow. What do you think of her. Pure evil or survivalist? Did she get Fuga killed, and why? Ben seems to allude to that. Very fact. Jilted and revenge? Or POWER?
Ana fired for the book. Really?? Ana running from Daniel. You can‘t love me. What did you think here at this point in the story?
Puri. What secrets are there? Her realizing, “We really are prettier with our mouths SHUT.” A pivotal moment for her life?
Puri caught by Sister Hortensia.
Purification ... thoughts ?!
Puri. A nun. Something has stolen the light from her eyes.
Was she forced into being nun?
Her calling to silence ?!
Fuga.. Dead. Rafa arrested……
The picture of it.
It broke my heart...
“Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except Bullfighters” Banned author Hemingway. A Favorite of mine, Hemingway- is banned a ton. Especially under Fascism and Dictators. Do you think this could happen where you live?