Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Lasting Pact Book Review

Vincente’s husband Eduardo has been arrested by the blue shirts of the Falangist government in Spain. His only crime is that during the Spanish Civil War he had remained neutral on his reporting of the Spanish Civil War. When her husband disappears, she decides that she must find him. She wanted to know what happened to him, and secure his freedom if possible. She struggles with the corruption of the new government, and the individuals who implement the rules of that government during her travels to find her husband. But before she begins her search for her husband, Vincente realizes that she is pregnant. She finds herself in a country that was not friendly to women with a child and no husband. And of course she needed a way to assure that she and her child were safe in this culture of corruption.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is full of interesting characters. Vincente is a strong female in a time when it was difficult for females to be strong in Spain. I always knew that the Spanish Civil War was horrific, but I never realized how the Franco government had restricted the rights of women once it came into power. I believe that the book shows an accurate picture of events that occurred during the time frame. The author describes how women were indoctrinated by the schools, church and the government that they must support their husbands. Women were not allowed to make financial decisions without a husband or son signing off on the paperwork. But the author also points out that the government did make strides in educating individuals about hygiene and nutrition which did improve the lifestyle of many individuals.

But the book isn’t boring either. With all the historical information some people might say this sounds boring, but the book isn’t boring. The book has a mystery that is woven through the story. What really happened to Eduardo? Was he executed for his lack of support for the Franco government? Was he one of the unfortunate victims of the aftermath of the Civil War who simply disappeared and died in the prison system of the Falange’s? You won’t find out until the end of the book, and I’m not spoiling the story for readers.

So who would enjoy this book? Well, individuals who enjoy historical fiction will really like this book. The author has shown what life was like for many individuals under the Franco government. And he does it in a fair fashion. And this book is romantic; Vincente is extremely loyal to her husband Eduardo. She searches for him, and does not become romantically involved with anyone else. And then those who enjoy mysteries will also enjoy this book. What exactly happened to Eduardo? Was he killed or was he somehow kept from Vincente for all these years? Overall, this book will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers who enjoy books that are written intelligently.


You can purchase A Lasting Pact and other books by the author Mark Harrison through amazon.com.

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