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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

Comments (16)

  1. As I was reading your review, I was thinking ‘film adaptation’. That’s usually a good sign.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I think you’d had fun picking up the cast. And I am sure if they managed to find a house like the one in the book, it would be wonderful as well. A fascinating book and a great writer. Thanks, Pete!

  2. Olga, this is a valuable review. I think your insights here would help anyone who might be on the fence, in regard to their comprehension of the story, to better understand and enjoy it. I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thanks so much, Teagan. I think you might enjoy the house. It’s quite a place. Enjoy the rest of the week! Big hugs!

  3. Thorough and balanced review, Olga as always:) I’m loved this novel, but I’m biased because I love family sagas and Ann Patchett’s writing and storytelling skills are superlative. This is not a fast paced thriller, which I also love, this is literary fiction, readers should be aware of the difference. I enjoy both genres, but there are significant differences.

    1. Thanks, Luccia. I saw your review, and it reminded me that I had the book and wanted to read it. I try to address some of the general comments in reviews if I see many people say the same things, because sometimes the descriptions and the quotes used to promote a book can confuse people or give them false expectations. You are right, though. Different genres call for different styles of writing and readers’ expectations should reflect that. Enjoy the rest of the week and thanks for the comment.

  4. I think this sounds like my kind of book, Olga. I do love family sagas and don’t expect a massive plot but rather a revelation about life.

    1. I think you’ll enjoy this one. I know you love poetry as well and this is beautifully written. Thanks for the comment and all the best.

  5. dgkaye says:

    Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii Olga! Wow, first of all, I thought you were on vacation! I hadn’t seen you around until I saw your comment yesterday on Sally’s blog. I left you a comment asking if you’d been away. Apparently, Robbie Cheadle saw my comment and replied that you have been actively posting but there’s a good chance WP auto made me unfollow you. Wow, I’m so sorry I haven’t been by. Goes to show we cannot trust WP with their shenanigans. On another front – what a coincidence! I ordered this book in paperback last week and just received it! Right up my reading alley, and now looking even more forward to reading! Also, I’ve re-signed up to receive your blog posts, once again. I hope what has happened in the past doesn’t happen again when I start getting duplicate emails, lol. But so glad I caught this review! Now when I don’t get notification from your blog posts, I’ll just head over, knowing there’s a glitch. Wondering if it’s just me or you notice some of your regulars haven’t been around? <3

    1. Thanks, Debby. I wondered but assumed you must be working on something, going on a Black Friday shopping spree, or perhaps were trying NaNoWriMo, although I kept coming across some of your posts in a variety of places, and many great reviews of your books (congratulations, by the way!). I must confess to not keeping a close watch on likes, but I do try to reply to comments as much as I can. A few of my subscriptions to other blogs seemed to disappear for a week or were delayed for a few days, but now I’m wondering if I have also missed some posts… You’re right about the changes in WP. Even when they affect one’s blog directly, or you don’t think they do, they still have an impact because of what happens to the larger community. Thanks for your patience and ongoing support. And thanks to Robbie for the clarification.
      I’m sure you’ll love this book. I keep coming across great reviews, and I’m happy to have finally caught up with this author.
      See you soon! ♥

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks Olga, good to be back 🙂 So you too have been missing posts? That’s interesting. And what is more puzzling is that I checked my junk mail and you weren’t there either, that’s why I thought you were away. Now I’m going to have to do a mission scouring around blogs I haven’t seen for awhile. Very suspicious! 🙂 <3

        1. It’s weird, indeed. I know Teagan had problems with her comments (although she thought it might have to do with her internet connection) and another one of the bloggers I follow had problems signing onto other blogs as well, so it’s all a bit weird. The weirdest thing is that I’ve read plenty of books about bloggers recently, but the characters never seem to have any of these kinds of problems! Hopefully, we’ll all find each other again. It would be a nice Christmas present if WP sorted itself out… Enjoy the rest of the week!

          1. dgkaye says:

            Amen to that Olga! Don’t forget we’ve been in and still are in a crazy Mercury Retrograde, which tends to fudge up anything technical. <3 Hope floats. 🙂

          2. Of course! That makes sense. Perhaps we should all go on a blogging holiday the next time… 😉

          3. dgkaye says:

            Sounds ideal! 🙂

          4. Yes!;)

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