[[ Reading ]] ➽ Secrets of the Pomegranate Author Barbara Lamplugh – 1sm.info

Secrets of the Pomegranate The fact this book is written around the 2004 Spanish train crash, for me, made it almost seem as if the characters were real They drew you in from the beginning, Deborah older, flamboyant, arty sister living in her adopted city of Granada and Alice the sensible, practical one in the UK Both are single parents with sons Deborah s son 20 year old Mark is from her marriage to Charlie, a man who isinterested in making money than his only son Mark has problems of his own and the story is t The fact this book is written around the 2004 Spanish train crash, for me, made it almost seem as if the characters were real They drew you in from the beginning, Deborah older, flamboyant, arty sister living in her adopted city of Granada and Alice the sensible, practical one in the UK Both are single parents with sons Deborah s son 20 year old Mark is from her marriage to Charlie, a man who isinterested in making money than his only son Mark has problems of his own and the story is told through his and Alice s eyes.Alice and her son Timmy, arrive in Spain following the crash Deborah is in a coma, her partner Paco grief stricken the prognosis does not look good Alice has an urgent task She needs to find her sister s diaries before anyone else finds them and discovers the dark secret they both share The story is beautifully told, with the flashbacks in the form of Deborah s diary entries Another dimension is added to the story as we hear of the release from prison of Hassan, an ex partner of Deb s A man who caused her a great deal of trouble I loved the story s structure, as past and present come together through Deborah s diary entries And Barbara s description of Spanish life, the cafes, the markets are so well done you almost feel you are there A splendid read This book has one of the best openings I ve read in a long while and immediately grabbed my attention Add a long held family secret to the mix and this is compulsive reading Although I guessed Deborah s secret long before we were told, there were sufficient hints after all and it didn t spoil my enjoyment, despite the fact that it would have been very difficult to actually pull it off The author captures the real Granada with all its undercurrents, racism, mistrust and kindness too This deal This book has one of the best openings I ve read in a long while and immediately grabbed my attention Add a long held family secret to the mix and this is compulsive reading Although I guessed Deborah s secret long before we were told, there were sufficient hints after all and it didn t spoil my enjoyment, despite the fact that it would have been very difficult to actually pull it off The author captures the real Granada with all its undercurrents, racism, mistrust and kindness too This deals with relationships on all levels, between sisters, mother and son, inter racial and I enjoyed every minute of this book despite knowing that I was also going to shed a few tears Very moving, well written and has put Granada to the top of my to visit list Secrets Are Dangerous Lies Can Rebound And When Discovery Threatens To Overturn Your Whole Life The Author S Love For And Familiarity With Granada And Life In Spain Shine Through On Every Page Jill Foulston, Author Of La Vita E BellaPassionate, Free Spirited Deborah Has Finally Found Peace And A Fulfilling Relationship In Her Adopted City Of Granada But When She Is Seriously Injured In The Madrid Train Bombings Of , It Is Her Sister Alice Who Is Forced To Face The Consequences Of A Deception They Have Maintained For Ten YearsAt Deborah S Home In Granada, Alice Waits, Ever Fearful Will Her Sister Live Or Die And How Long Should She Stay When Each Day Brings The Risk Of What She Most Dreads, A Confrontation With Deborah S Moroccan Ex Lover, Hassan At Stake Is All She Holds Dear Secrets Of The Pomegranate Explores, With Compassion, Sensitivity And Despite The Tragic Events Humour, The Complicated Ties Between Sisters, Between Mothers And Sons And Between Lovers, Set Against A Background Of Cultural Difference And Prejudices Rooted In Granada S Long History Of Muslim Christian Struggles For Power This book literally started off with a BANG I so love it when books open and they just grab you by the short and curly s straight away as this one did I was fascinated by the title, so looked at the blurb and I am pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this book.Its very well crafted, very well thought out Leads you nicely along each pathway.I have had the so much pleasure this year in reading a lot of debut novels, this one being another one I have to say, the ones I have been reading has This book literally started off with a BANG I so love it when books open and they just grab you by the short and curly s straight away as this one did I was fascinated by the title, so looked at the blurb and I am pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this book.Its very well crafted, very well thought out Leads you nicely along each pathway.I have had the so much pleasure this year in reading a lot of debut novels, this one being another one I have to say, the ones I have been reading has been outstanding Its a hard market to get into, and this author is certainly one to keep an eye on.She has great skills, written very well, paced very well, and just enough anticipation to keep you turning pages.There are little reveals along the way, the author is very clever in pacing those..the revelations are awesome in that you don t expect it.Very good book Thoroughly enjoyed it This is an absolutely delightful, well written novel that combines a compelling story about two sisters with a deep, vibrant understanding of the city of Granada, Spain, specifically the very special Albaic n neighborhood, while capturing the swirling political, historical, and personal experience of living in that city in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s Highly recommend. Can I just say how beautiful and intriguing the cover of this book is This is Barbara s first published novel which is set in Grenada The story is very well written, and well thought out, I couldn t put it down It was very well paced but with enough anticipation to keep you hooked The characters were interesting and I loved all the descriptions about Grenada I just wish I was there reading this book it would be spectacular I really enjoyed the story. Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include SECRETS OF THE POMEGRANATE by BARBARA LAMPLUGH in the library of Awesome IndiesBadge of Approval recipients at Awesome Indies Assessment 4 stars As Deborah lies dying, an innocent victim of the Madrid train bombings of 2004, her sister Alice flies out to Granada, Deborah s home She s flown to Spain to visit Deb, of course, but her motives aren t entirely altruistic.Three narrators tell the story Alice, Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include SECRETS OF THE POMEGRANATE by BARBARA LAMPLUGH in the library of Awesome IndiesBadge of Approval recipients at Awesome Indies Assessment 4 stars As Deborah lies dying, an innocent victim of the Madrid train bombings of 2004, her sister Alice flies out to Granada, Deborah s home She s flown to Spain to visit Deb, of course, but her motives aren t entirely altruistic.Three narrators tell the story Alice, Mark, Deb s son and Deb herself, through the pages of her diary The co narrators, Alice and Mark, contrasted and complemented each other well Mark takes the reader on a journey to the seamier part of Granada and not the one that the average tourist would visit.The characterisations are particularly well realised Alice, with all her flaws, is a deeply human character, even though this reviewer identifiedwith the fearless, free spirited Deb To be fair to Alice, she is the one who is left to face the consequences of the secret she and Deb have shared for ten years.Mark too, Deb s son, is a well drawn and convincing character and his drifter personality provides a welcome contrast with Alice, who at the outset, seems afraid of her own shadow.All the characters speak credible and realistic dialogue.Alice s biggest fear is a confrontation with Deborah s Moroccan ex lover, Hassan At stake is all she holds dear But the twist at the end, where Alice learns that perhaps our greatest fear is fear itself, was a surprise.The author immerses the reader in the story world of Granada at the time of the Madrid bombings and the fear and suspicion that was heaped upon Spain s Moroccan community.If there is one criticism of this book, it is that the diary extracts became a narrative device The entries about Deb s book and her politics could have been trimmed, as these provided background but didn t enhance the plot Instead, the tangled co dependent relationship between these two sisters could have been teased out a littleAlice s justification for invading her sister s privacy, the way she does, is intriguing Alice s inability to put the diaries down implied that there weresecrets to be revealed, but apart from the one she and the reader knew already, the diary storyline just seemed to run out of steam.Professionally copy edited and proofread, Secrets of the Pomegranate is a thoughtful read and will appeal to fans of women s fiction Four stars Secrets of the Pomegranate is one of those books that held my interest from the first page with what was literally an explosive start Centred around the effects of the Madrid bombings, this harrowing tale of family secrets and the unconditional love of family makes for at times a harrowing and sad tale of two very different sisters whose love for one another rescues them both in very different but at the same time similar ways The secret they share must be protected but at what cost This boo Secrets of the Pomegranate is one of those books that held my interest from the first page with what was literally an explosive start Centred around the effects of the Madrid bombings, this harrowing tale of family secrets and the unconditional love of family makes for at times a harrowing and sad tale of two very different sisters whose love for one another rescues them both in very different but at the same time similar ways The secret they share must be protected but at what cost This book is rich in interesting characters from different cultural backgrounds who add a wealth of colour and dimensions to this book Barbara Lamplugh has painted such a vivid picture of Spain that the reader is instantly transported there Hell, I even bought some pomegranates Told from the perspectives of Alice and Mark, Deborah s son, I liked how each saw Deborah s situation and the emotions that each felt around what had happened to Deborah We gain an insight into Deborah s life in Spain through diary entries and gain a greater understanding into just what sort of woman Deborah was and I loved her spirit, strength and courage But there s also a vulnerable side to Deborah too and like Alice, the reader is given a glimpse into the other Deborah I just loved this beautifully written book and simply could not put it down And, I m not afraid to admit that the raw emotions in the book reduced me to a blubbering idiot Highly recommended I loved this book the fascinating plot kept you guessing until nearly the end, with true to life characters and excellent descriptions of Granada Set against the reality of the horrific Madrid train bombings which is sensitively dealt with.Suitable for mid teens and adults. When Alice s feisty and unconventional sister, Deborah, is seriously injured in the Madrid train bombing in 2004, Alice hurries to Spain to be with her Tragically, Deborah is in coma The situation persists throughout the book and it could have been a problem that such a major character is unable to take part in the action The author solves it well however as we learn about Deborah and her life and relationships through flashbacks and the memories of her sister, Alice, her partner, Paco, and h When Alice s feisty and unconventional sister, Deborah, is seriously injured in the Madrid train bombing in 2004, Alice hurries to Spain to be with her Tragically, Deborah is in coma The situation persists throughout the book and it could have been a problem that such a major character is unable to take part in the action The author solves it well however as we learn about Deborah and her life and relationships through flashbacks and the memories of her sister, Alice, her partner, Paco, and her son, Mark, as well as the diaries Alice discovers in Deborah s home in Granada Deborah s previous relationship with a Moroccan, Hassan, and life in Granada with its strong Moorish heritage had led her to want to challenge antipathy to the Muslim community and at the time of the bombing, she had been writing a book about the place of women in Muslim history I found the parts of the diary dealing with this particularly interesting I also loved the evocation of Granada and its heritage.Tension is supplied in the form of the secret Alice and Deborah share a secret that threatens to devastate Alice s life and change her relationships forever.I won this book in a giveaway and I m very glad I did as otherwise I might never have discovered it I recommend it to anyone who enjoys books about contemporary relationships with the bonus of a beautifully evoked setting The style is literary without being overly poetic I have only one small criticism which is that the author uses too many ellipses for my taste, particularly at the outset I think this may have been in an attempt to replicate patterns of speech but to me they seemed unnecessary


About the Author: Barbara Lamplugh

Barbara Lamplugh has been writing since the 1970s Her love of adventure and travel took her first on an overland journey to Kathmandu, which inspired her to write Kathmandu by Truck 1976 and then on the Trans Siberian railway, by boat to Japan and around SE Asia, which led to her second book, Trans Siberia by Rail 1979 Becoming a mother put a stop to such long travels but not to writing She turned instead to fiction, inspired by the often fascinating and unexpected stories of ordinary people she came across in her work in the community She also wrote occasional articles for magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian and Times Educational Supplement In 1999, with her two children now independent, she moved to Granada in Spain, where Secrets of the Pomegranate is set For several years she worked as a features writer for Living Spain magazine, contributing around a hundred articles on topics ranging from Olive Oil to Machismo to Siestas Alongside her writing, she teaches English, edits and translates With five gorgeous grandchildren in the UK, she makes regular visits there Her other passions include cycling, dancing, jazz and, of course, reading Her new novel, The Red Gene will be published by Urbane in April 2019.


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