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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 (27)

  1. dgkaye says:

    Oh this looks like a fun read Olga. Thanks for featuring it. 🙂

    1. It is! I kept comparing how people behaved to the standards of the period when I was reading it. 😉

      1. dgkaye says:

        Drastically different no doubt. 🙂

        1. Indeed, but not always! It was funny because somebody was talking to us about a charity project and joined us walking in the same direction we were going, rather than trying to stop us, and I told my mother that was right in tune with the advice of the period (you should never block a street and stand there inconveniencing everybody). I didn’t tell the young man that he was following the rules of the XIX century but it was a nice touch. ♥

          1. dgkaye says:

            Omg, that’s hilarious! 🙂 🙂 <3

          2. I really liked that rule, although some were rather bizarre (you might talk to somebody in a train but that did not mean that you had been officially introduced and you should not acknowledge that person if you met them in other circumstances). 🙂

          3. dgkaye says:

            Lol, so many crazy rules! 🙂

          4. 😉 Have a great Friday!

          5. dgkaye says:

            Thanks Olga, you too! 🙂

  2. What a great sounding book, Olga. I love this idea and am going to get this straight away.

    1. I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s difficult not to imagine being in all those situations. It was very complicated! Thanks, Robbie!

  3. Good old Pen and Sword! Sounds like a ‘must-have’ for historical fiction writers, and also a fascinating look back at manners that have long since disappeared.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Indeed, you can always rely on them. It’s a great little book. 🙂

  4. This is right up my alley!! I am a HUGE Jane Austen fan, and I often think of what a fool I would have made of myself in this time. I’ll have to read this and brush up in case I ever fall through a time portal! .. Although, I’m still quite the Tom boy and would never be able to put up with the social constraints put on females! I would be the talk of the Ton smoking cigars and drinking whiskey with the men!

    1. After reading the book I must confess that it must have been very difficult not to do the wrong thing or offend somebody. I have come to appreciate why the lady of the house was so busy too. I am with you and can imagine I’d manage to keep tongues busy. 😉

    1. It is, Sally, and a good read as well. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  5. So often it’s how the topic is presented. Olga, this one sounds like it has it all. After reading your review, I’m sure I would enjoy the read — and find the contents valuable. Best to Mallory. Hugs all around.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I’m sure you’d enjoy it. I know you love the fine details and you’re a great observer of people. Have a stress-free day. 🙂

  6. I never would have survived the XIX century, Olga! Etiquette and I have a contrary relationship. I’d best have a glass of wine in hand before opening this one, yet it does sound like a fun read 🙂 ❤️

    1. It is, Tina. I remind myself that, all things considered, I’d probably have been a maid and unlikely to be in a position to make a fool of myself, but it was a minefield! Have a great weekend!

  7. Hi Olga! This book reads fascinating to me. I’d love to read it and will add it to my TBR list. Like you mentioned, we can always learn from the past, especially about manners and good etiquette, because we’re sorely lacking in this area nowadays. 😉 I hope all is going well for you in Barcelona. <3 xx

    1. Thanks, Vashti. It’s proving to be a very interesting time indeed. ♥

      1. Have a great weekend!

        1. You too! ♥

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