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Book Title: A Spanish Lover|
Date of issue: September 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780425181706
The author of the book: Joanna Trollope
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 494 KB
Edition: Berkley Trade
Read full description of the books A Spanish Lover:I picked this British book up at a book sale, not knowing anything about it or the author, but needing some beach reading. Though it appears by title to be a romantic romp, it's actually more fundamentally about family dynamics, the dilemmas of accepting or rejecting conventional roles, and the consequences of choosing to meet or break with others' wishes and expectations. The story overall was interesting enough for vacation reading, but not something I expect to revisit beyond a few key passages. I do think the author portrayed the life choices that face young and middle-aged women well, putting in sharp contrast the traditional path of becoming young wife and mother with that of making a more independent but less secure life for one's self. The contrast between the two paths--personified here by each twin--and how each views the other, was interesting.
I also enjoyed picking up a few tidbits of Spanish culture and history by way of the endearing romance between Frances and Luis, and was charmed by the book's many casual scenes and phrases unique to British life that still sound quaint to my American ears.
Read information about the authorJoanna Trollope Potter Curteis (aka Caroline Harvey)
Joanna Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather's rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope. She is the eldest of three siblings. She is a fifth-generation niece of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and is a cousin of the writer and broadcaster James Trollope. She was educated at Reigate County School for Girls followed by St Hugh's College, Oxford. On 14 May 1966, she married the banker David Roger William Potter, they had two daughters, Antonia and Louise, and on 1983 they divorced. In 1985, she remarried to the television dramatist Ian Curteis, and became the stepmother of two stepsons; they divorced in 2001. Today, she is a grandmother and lives on her own in London.
From 1965 to 1967, she worked at the Foreign Office. From 1967 to 1979, she was employed in a number of teaching posts before she became a writer full-time in 1980. Her novel Parson Harding's Daughter won in 1980 the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association.
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