From Goodreads: “In 1935, Miguel Navarro finds himself in conflict with the Spanish Civil Guard, and flees the Basque fishing village of Lekeitio to make a new start in Guernica, the center of Basque culture and tradition. In the midst of this isolated bastion of democratic values, Miguel finds more than a new life— he finds someone to live for. Miren Ansotegui is a charismatic and graceful dancer who has her pick of the bachelors in Guernica, but focuses only on the charming and mysterious Miguel. The two discover a love that war and tragedy can not destroy.”
I could not help but be charmed by Dave Boling’s rich characters and the vibrant village setting of Guernica. Boling did an excellent job of inviting the reader into the lives of these families, which sets you up for the devastation when the bombings begin. It brings a real-life tragedy into your heart and mind as you feel the despair, and then later, the hope. Excellent novel.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2008
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