What Am I Reading this Week?
The Time in Between by Maria Duenas | Olivia Lowry
The Spanish series El Tiempo entre Costuras, or The Time in Between, has long been a guilty pleasure of mine; it’s packed with espionage, betrayal, sex, and politics (basically my Friday night). The set design, the soundtrack and the costumes alone make the series worth watching, but the history behind the story is truly fascinating. The television series, if you hadn’t guessed, is based on the international bestselling novel of the same name by María Dueñas. If a hearty, fat novel doesn’t phase you and world history doesn’t bore you, then keep reading, partner! You’ve just found a way to occupy your upcoming free time.
The Time in Between begins in Madrid where Sira Quiroga is raised by a single mother, who works as a seamstress. Over time, Sira masters the art of sewing and learns the ropes of the business. She meets a modest government worker, Ignacio, gets engaged, and decides to pursue government work as well. She feels that her whole life is planned out.
Although the Spanish Civil War is brewing in the backdrop of Madrid, Sira states that it is not the war but a simple typewriter that shatters her destiny and changes the course of her life forever. One day Ignacio and her go to a store to purchase a typewriter that Sira will need for her government work and inside, Sira meets the handsome and suave Ramiro Arribas. She falls victim to his charms- weak in the legs, tickle in the belly, she’s helplessly infatuated… and her poor Ignacio doesn’t stand a chance. She leaves her heartbroken fiancé and runs off to Morocco to live a life of luxury with the dark and sexy Ramiro.
But Sira is plagued with bad fortune in Morocco; Ramiro isn’t who he first seems, and as World War II begins, she decides to return to Madrid where she becomes the preeminent couturiére for top Nazi officers’ wives. Soon Sira finds herself in a convenient position to gather important and confidential information for the Allies. Will Sira be caught? Or will she aid the Allies in winning the war? All I can do is keep on reading. Care to join me?
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