The Poet's Wife

The Poet s Wife An unforgettable journey into the heart of one family torn apart by war Granada Free spirited Luisa and young poet Eduardo fall in love cementing a bond that can never be broken Behind the jasm

  • Title: The Poet's Wife
  • Author: Rebecca Stonehill
  • ISBN: 9781909490512
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
  • An unforgettable journey into the heart of one family torn apart by war.Granada, 1920 Free spirited Luisa and young poet Eduardo fall in love, cementing a bond that can never be broken.Behind the jasmine filled courtyard, perched amongst houses like clouds on a hilltop, stands a beautiful villa Carmen de las Estrellas Beneath its walls live Eduardo and Luisa with theirAn unforgettable journey into the heart of one family torn apart by war.Granada, 1920 Free spirited Luisa and young poet Eduardo fall in love, cementing a bond that can never be broken.Behind the jasmine filled courtyard, perched amongst houses like clouds on a hilltop, stands a beautiful villa Carmen de las Estrellas Beneath its walls live Eduardo and Luisa with their thriving family, but war is looming, casting its shadow over the household.When Civil War finally breaks out, Luisa and Eduardo must fiercely protect those dear to them Yet these are turbulent times, and as each of their children begin to make their way in the world, the solace of home cannot shield them from the horrors of war.The Poet s Wife is an extraordinary piece of storytelling spanning over fifty years a heart wrenching novel of a family devastated by war but bound together by love, loss and hope, told through the eyes of three remarkable women Rebecca Stonehill s debut, The Poet s Wife is a beautiful and powerful book Unforgettable, an epic tale peopled with characters so vivid they jump off the pages and take residence in your heart The writing is beautiful, heartfelt, the descriptions evocative, the sense of time and place exquisite Nothing I say can do this book justice Please read it You will be glad you did Renita D Silva

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    1. The Poets Wife is a historical family saga that Sweeps with a capital S. Set in Granada, spanning 50 years from 1920, it is told from the points of view of three generations of women. Luisa is the Poets Wife, married to Eduardo, a lawyer by trade but poet by heart. She is the matriarch of the family, supporting not only her husband, but their children and extended family. Isabel is their first born, much loved daughter and the third woman is Paloma, daughter to Isabel. I don’t think I have eve [...]

    2. This is a stunningly good debut novel. Set on a grand scale it tells the story of one family living in Granada from the 1920s through the Spanish Civil war and their life under the fascist rule of General Franco until his death in 1975.The story is told through three the voices of three generations of women. The matriarch Luisa,the poet's wife, her daughter Isabel and grand-daughter Paloma. Luisa meets her future husband Eduardo outside a recital by his idol, the famous poet Federico Garcia Lorc [...]

    3. There is nothing more confusing than Spain's civil war. Even the most interesting of novels chronicling it have left me feeling slightly bewildered. So I love how this author has managed to lay it out for us, simply, in a way in which the facts will always be in my mind. The story of Spain's hardships is told through three women. First, the poet's wife, Luisa. She shows us Spain before the war, when young girls spoke to potential suitors through gates and parents had a firm say in who their daug [...]

    4. Rebecca Stonehill's THE POET'S WIFE is a sweeping story of a family in the years leading up to, during, and after the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. The title could be seen as a little misleading considering that Luisa's husband, Eduardo, is more of a failed poet, making her more of a failed poet's wife. Given the scope of the story, I'd like to think that the title is meant to evoke the idea of dreamers in any society, in any time, in any place. Eduardo and Luisa are dreamers. They are parents [...]

    5. This is a beautifully written book written about the Spanish Civil War- but spanning 50 years and telling the story of 3 generations. I learnt a lot about the time and the writing is so lovely that you can imagine yourself in the setting- in the beautiful family villa.Luisa is the Poet’s Wife from the title. She is married to Eduardo who is a lawyer- but tells everyone he is a poet at heart. The story follows Luisa, her eldest daughter Isabel and her granddaughter Paloma.The book carries you a [...]

    6. Family sagas sometimes leave me feeling bitter sweet but it is combined with such pleasant weariness that I keep devouring more.The Poet’s Wife brings us to the world of Granada, Spain in the 1920s and onwards to the heart of Fidel Castro’s regime where a family villa, Carmen de las Estrellas, and its residents bore the earlier happy days of freedom and later on the ravages of civil war. It seemed quite a minuscule spot, spanning almost fifty years, in that period of Spanish history but a mi [...]

    7. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway is one of my favourite all-time books, so I grabbed at the chance to plunge into the background of the Spanish Civil War: to find out more about the lives of ordinary Spanish citizens, how they lived, loved and suffered. The Poet’s Wife delivered. I was thoroughly immersed in this epic story, and it has brought this period of history, this part of the world, to life through characters which seemed alive – though they are fictional. This is how hist [...]

    8. I knew very little about Spain’s civil war, the effects it had on the Spanish people and the atrocities they suffered at the hands of a dictatorship regime for such a long time after the war ended. The story of Luisa and Eduardo’s family throughout five decades is beautifully narrated from the point of view of Luisa, her daughter Isabel and her granddaughter Palamo. All three of these women were strong willed and determined to strive for a better future for their family and in hope for a fre [...]

    9. When I travel, I like to read novels from the area that I am traveling to. Currently living for 3 months in Murcia, Spain I found this book to contain historical accuracy, and the characters of this book seemed so real that it was easy to forget that you were reading a novel and not a biography. The author has brought the area to life through her writing. I am looking forward to a visit to Granada!

    10. The Poet’s Wife is the hugely impressive debut from Rebecca Stonehill. A sweeping historical family saga spanning three generations of women, this book was just amazing and I loved every minute of it. Set in Granada, Spain from the 1920’s, through the civil war and right up until the death of General Franco, this story had me hooked right from the prologue and it’s not often a book can keep me enthralled in such a way. To be honest I think I would have bought this book without even reading [...]

    11. *Originally posted on my blog Skeleton Key Reviews skeletonkeyreviews/?p=579*The Poet’s Wife covers three generations of women in a family through the rule of Franco in Spain. Through the hunger, execution and torture of friends and family, and the fear of staunch Franco supporters. Also through the births, making friends, and individual triumphs.It starts out with the courting of Luisa and Eduardo in the early nineteen hundreds and the birth of their first child daughter, Isabel. Once Isabel [...]

    12. Well-written, through the point of view of three generations of women in the same family, describing the events leading up to, including, and following the Spanish Civil War. This novel covers a period of almost 80 years, beginning in 1920 and ending in 1979. Luisa, the first generation, is the daughter of a privileged and wealthy family in Granada. She is The Poet's Wife, married to Eduardo, a lawyer by vocation, but who aspires to be a poet as his idol Garcia Lorca, one of Spain's most beloved [...]

    13. I would first like to say that this is an extraordinary story. I haven’t really read any fiction that depicts the civil war in Spain during this early 1900’s and it was deeply emotional to read about. I have to admit I had a different mind- set going into this story due to the title because I feel like the story doesn’t really center around Luisa but around her whole family and what they experienced first-hand during this turbulent time.There are a few things I feel I should point out and [...]

    14. This is a beautiful and powerful book. Unforgettable, an epic tale peopled with characters so vivid they jump off the pages and take residence in your heart. The writing is beautiful, heartfelt, the descriptions evocative, the sense of time and place exquisite. The upheavals of a family torn asunder by the ravages of war are set against the backdrop of a country in turmoil. A vast canvas, memorable characters, and love against all odds, love that survives political insurgence and unspeakable vio [...]

    15. Family sagas with a strong historical background are one of my favourite genres. This one ticked all the boxes. Another huge favourite is strong women and this story throws up strong women in every generation the book covered. The autocratic and dictatorial type of rule under Franco in Spain was a period of history unknown to me, so I found this very informative.Luisa and Eduardo fall in love. He is a poet and she is a free spirited young girl, ahead of her time and knows her mind. They marry an [...]

    16. Stonehill does a fabulous job with educating the reader on the Spanish Civil War as the build up, the actual conflict and the aftermath is painfully depicted. Brilliantly detailed including the history, notable figureheads, political strife, brutalities, unimaginable poverty suffered by those surviving the discord.The intimacy Stonehill created with the Luisa, Isabel and Paloma is compelling. Their fierceness to keep the family unit intact, strength to survive matched with hardships well sketche [...]

    17. This beautifully written novel is the story of one family's experience during the Spanish Civil War. Eduardo and Luisa live on a beautiful villa with their children. Eduardo, a lawyer, is passionate about poetry. After a few of his poems are published, he tells anyone who asks that he is a poet by profession. This in spite of the fact he still is a lawyer by trade. His wife, Luisa, supports and loves him. She is a strong, intelligent woman and I enjoyed getting to know her character. The beginni [...]

    18. As a first novel it was elegant. Not a demanding read, but nevertheless an addictive one. I thought the characters were all well drawn and each one, including all the children, became lodged in the mind of this reader for all their different personalities. Although some aspects of the story seemed rather too good to be real, one never really felt credultiy to be over stretched. The author took the reader from the warm and fuzzy to the shocked horrified with ease. Even elicited the odd tear from [...]

    19. Oooh I loved this book! So beautifully written. Sometimes beautifully written means long long sentences that distract me from the actual story. But not with this book. It's so easy to read and to get lost in the story. Written from the viewpoint of three different characters I got attached to all three of them. But the one that stands out the most is Aurelia. You don't get to read what exactly she is thinking and feeling but that fits the character perfectly. You feel like you know what is going [...]

    20. The Poet’s Wife is an extraordinary novel about a family struggling to go on with their daily lives during the Spanish Civil War. The tale unfolds through the lush narrative of three different women from the same family. First, there is Luisa, the poet’s wife, the matriarch of the family who befriends a group of gypsies. Her daughter, Isabel, young, independent, becomes a nurse on the front lines. It is there she discovers her talent for sitting with the dying, and helping them pass on with [...]

    21. I enjoy this book very much. Good insight to the Spanish Civil war and what it was like living under Franco. Told from 3 generations of women and interesting to see how each generation coped.

    22. Historical fiction at its finest. Through the stories of three generations of strong, independent women of the Ramirez family, Stonehill portrays the horrors and hopes of the years between 1920 and 1979 in Spain. Louisa, Isabel, and Paloma depict the slow but sure change in the lives of the Spanish women during and after Franco's dictatorship. There are many other wonderful characters whose lives are interwoven with this family's dramatic history. I couldn't put this book down and read it in one [...]

    23. This was a very moving portrayal of a family’s struggles and survival during the Spanish revolution. The story was told from the eyes of the female members of the family panning three generations. The tragedies they felt and saw. The hardship of surviving with little or no food. The fear of leaving their own home. The casualties of the civil war. Amongst all these terrible days, months and years love had intertwined into their lives and it was a wonderful blessing. From the author’s words I [...]

    24. I didn’t know a huge amount about the Spanish Civil War but after reading ‘The Poet’s Wife’, I feel I have been given a real insight into this tragic and divisive time in Spain’s history. Rebecca Stonehill is a talented writer who takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of one family caught up in this turbulent period. Her characterisation is wonderful and descriptions of Granada and Barcelona very atmospheric. A lovely novel – instructive, interesting and involving.

    25. I enjoyed reading this book tremendously. I learned a lot about what Spain was like during General Franco's reign. The realistic writing pulled me into the lives of the very interesting characters, into their everyday lives, and anytime I needed to put the book down I regretted the interruption.I look forward to Rebecca Stonehill's next book, and especially so for it will be set in my country.

    26. Recommended by a friend of the author and really enjoyed it. Set in Granada during the civil war, I loved the characters and the depiction both of the turbulent history and of the complex storyline.Really good tale - reminded me of The Return and Guernica on similar lines, but beautifully put together.

    27. Based in Granada before and during the civil war. This is a tale about the beautiful bond between Eduard and Luisa. They raise their children in a loving and liberal environment. Their liberal views become dangerous as the war looms and has a different impact on them all. The characters really come alive and make you feel with them, it is a delightful book

    28. Intriguing!The Poet's wife was a delight to read! This is the first book that I read by Rebecca Stonehill. This novel was well written, with characters nicely blended into this story set during the Spanish Civil war. I liked Eduardo, Louisa and their family.

    29. A beautifully written book, set during the time leading up to the Spanish Civil War, during it and living after it. Three generations of positive females are the centre stone of the story and their lives, fears and dreams. Well worth a read 5 stars

    30. I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.My review can be found September 15th, 08.15 Dutch time, at eccentriclady/?p=465

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