I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I picked up this book. The title made me think perhaps it was a religious book, but the description made me think romance. But what I got was a sweeping tale of a village and the people that lived there.
The story has a very old-timey feel to it. The language is somewhat old fashioned and the style is reminisce of writing in the 1930s or 1940s. But don't let that scare you off--it is not a difficult or dull read by any means.
The characters are vibrant and alive and the story is narrated from an omniscient point of view, which is not something I see very often, but the author definitely pulled it off. Each character is distinct and has their role in the town. From the mayor to Rosalba, Angela and Domingo, we are presented with a story that felt very real.
My one disappointment was that I learned the back story of almost every important character except for Domingo. I felt as if he wasn't quite as well-developed and I wasn't nearly as engrossed in his role in the story as the others. But, with a decent sized cast I hardly noticed it.
And, the icing on the top is the rich history throughout the book. Jenny Twist weaves in the history of Spain from civil unrest to the backlash of wars.
Jenny Twist wrote a fantastic story that I could probably read a few times.
4 out of 5 stars.
Clean rating: There is definitely implied sexual content but absolutely nothing described. I appreciated that everything happened behind close doors, so to speak.
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When Angela turns up in a remote Spanish mountain village, she is so tall and so thin and so pale that everyone thinks she is a ghost or a fairy or the dreadful mantequero that comes in the night and sucks the fat from your bones. But Domingo knows better. “Soy Angela,” she said to him when they met – “I am an angel.” Only later did he realise that she was telling him her name and by then it was too late and everyone knew her as Domingo’s Angel. This is the story of their love affair. But it is also the story of the people of the tiny mountain village – the indomitable Rosalba - shopkeeper, doctor, midwife and wise woman, who makes it her business to know everything that goes on in the village; Guillermo, the mayor, whose delusions of grandeur are rooted in his impoverished childhood; and Salva the Baker, who risked his life and liberty to give bread to the starving children. The events in this story are based on the real experiences of the people of the White Villages in Southern Spain and their struggle to keep their communities alive through the years of war and the oppression of Franco’s rule.