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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.

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  1. Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds excellent <3

    1. Thanks, Christoph. It is! Happy Saturday!

  2. At first I thought greenhouses and ghosts might not be for me. But I was captivated by your examples of the writing.
    When I read ‘Knowing the route of the Ganges was not the same as standing in it’.
    I could hear myself saying much the same thing, when telling someone about Samarkand. I had just returned from a trip that included a stay there, and they told me they had seen photos of the city, so knew about The Registan. I said “So had I, but they were not the same as standing in front of it”.
    You know what else I am going to say of course. This would make a great film! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Your trip must have been quite an experience. I have read a fair amount about the area, but I am sure it is not comparable to living it first-hand (and, of course, each person’s experience is different to anybody else’s). I think you would enjoy this one. I know you don’t go for just the usual fiction tales, and this is pretty special. And, I totally agree. In the right hands, this would make a beautiful film! (Clara would be difficult to cast, but it would be a fabulous part for an actress. She evolves so much during the book it would be challenging but satisfying). One of my favourite reads of the year, and there isn’t a lot left of it! Have a great weekend!

  3. You do write the most amazing reviews, Olga. This book sounds fascinating and I have developed an affinity for the main character just from reading this review.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. This novel was a joy to read and review. Clara is one of my favourite characters in recent times. I am sure you’ll love her too. Have a great weekend!

  4. Hi Olga. Thanks so much for all this. Novels described as “contemplative, and touching” would cause me to run for the door, not the cash register. However, you’ve made this one sound very appealing. Best to Susan.
    Hugs all around.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Sometimes it is good to have a break from the usual and read something a bit different, although it’s a matter of taste, of course. Considering your interest in plants and nature I think you might enjoy it, but I know you have your hands full at the moment. Good luck and have a good weekend!

      1. Yes… I really need to find more energy (or at least more caffeine) and accomplish more than I have.
        I hope all is well with you. I’ll be playing catch-up at work today, but will send you an email soon. Hugs on the wing.

        1. Thanks, Teagan. I think we all could do with a bit of a break. I’m planning on having a bit of time off from the computer (a day or two) now that the course I was teaching is finished (although the next one is due to start soon). All the best. ♥

  5. dgkaye says:

    Wow, fab review Olga. I’m definitely bookmarking this one. Thanks. 🙂 x

    1. Thanks, Debby. I don’t re-read many of my books, but I think I will this one. Have a fabulous new week. ♥

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks Olga. Happy week ahead to you too <3

  6. This one sounds like a beautiful novel to lose myself in. Thank you for such a thoughtful review 🙂

    1. Thanks, Stephanie. It is, indeed. I hope you enjoy it. Have a good week.

  7. Thank you for another wonderful review, Olga! I always rely upon your advice, and always love the books 🙂

    1. Thanks, Inese. I know you love nature and I think you’ll enjoy this book. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

      1. Thank you Olga! I have already saved a few books in my cart 🙂

        1. Mine is overflowing! I’m pleased you enjoy my suggestions. Thanks and happy reading (and picture taking!) ♥

          1. Thank you Olga!

  8. Lilyn G says:

    I feel like your last paragraph – about Rebecca, and action-laden plots – is a perfect “stay away” for me and this book LOL. I’m reading Rebecca right now and it is not going well 🙂

    1. Thanks, Lilyn. I’m sorry to hear that. I love Rebecca, but to each… If we all liked the same books writers would have a very boring life. Sometimes it’s a matter of finding the right moment for a book, and I hope it doesn’t drag too much. Keep smiling!

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