Mercedes is a spirited young Spanish girl whose passion is dancing. Her life is turned upside down by the Spanish Civil War & the oppression of Franco’s dictatorship. When her brothers & her lover disappear in the night, taken for interrogation by the army, she must find a way to flee, even if that means leaving her home & family forever.
‘Aims to open the eyes and tug the heartstrings’ Independent
An atmospheric, vibrant and moving tale of pain and passion at the heart of war-torn Spain from Victoria Hislop, the million-copy bestselling author of The Island.
Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada’s cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets. Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city’s shocking past; she is here to dance. But in a quiet café, a chance conversation and an intriguing collection of old photographs draw her into the extraordinary tale of Spain’s devastating civil war.
Seventy years earlier, the café is home to the close-knit Ramìrez family. In 1936, an army coup led by Franco shatters the country’s fragile peace, and in the heart of Granada the family witnesses the worst atrocities of conflict. Divided by politics and tragedy, everyone must take a side, fighting a personal battle as Spain rips itself apart.
Praise for The Return. . .
‘Hislop deserves a medal for opening a breach into the holiday beach bag’
‘Captivating and deeply moving’
‘Hislop marries an epic family saga with meticulous historical research, and it’s a captivating partnership’
‘Executed with verve and sensitivity’