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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. This sounds like a ‘clean’ and therefore inoffensive read, Olga. That should broaden its appeal to those who do not care for swear-words and graphic content. Good luck to Daniella, with her unusual new novel.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. That is true indeed. I think the genealogy element will also appeal to many people. Have a great Tuesday.

  2. Thank you Olga.

    1. A very interesting read, for sure, Rosie. Thank you. And happy Tuesday.

  3. Well, after you described some characters as quirky (I do love that), and then the video (what a hoot!) the peeping Tom on the cover doesn’t seem as odd. It sounds like a very enjoyable book! Good luck to Daniella.
    (I’m still chuckling about the video.) Have a terrific Tuesday, Olga. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I must confess I never thought about the cover that way (just thought of a young guy interested in architectural features) but it does fit in with the male character’s curiosity (and the fact that they meet because he can’t resist entering a Jewish artifacts shop).
      Monty Python are always good to get the day started with a chuckle (and that one is perfect). Have a great Tuesday.

  4. A wonderful review of this book, Olga. Romance and different faiths sounds like an interesting recipe.

    1. They are, indeed. Thanks, Robbie!

  5. Yours is a very comprehensive review, Olga, and tells me everything I need to know to choose this book. The words Spanish Inquisition make me shudder, based on what I’ve read about it. It’s so sad that religious intolerance is still a part of our world.

    1. Some things don’t seem to change, Noelle. The topic in the book is particularly interesting because only Catholics were subject to the Inquisition, but one of the characters in the book gets into trouble because her father was helping a converso (a Jew who had converted to Catholicism by providing him with Kosher wine), as otherwise they had no jurisdiction. The historical part of the book is set shortly before Jews and Muslims were expelled from Spain (only those who converted could remain). Of course, Muslims crossed the strait and invaded Spain in the VIII century, so from that perspective it is understandable to a point. But the Jews had nothing to do with that. I’ve gone off topic, but the novel is not graphic at all and nothing terrible happens to any of the characters (other than their lives being completely changed by what happened).
      Have a good new week.

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