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Spanish Lover Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1998

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (MM) (March 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425162346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425162347
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,100,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Joanna Trollope's The Spanish Lover, Frances and Lizzie are twins, but the resemblance between them is strictly physical. Lizzie is married, a mother, the owner of a successful business. Frances is--well, people are beginning to worry about Frances now that she is almost 40. Instead of dwindling into respectable English spinsterhood, however, Frances moves to Spain and falls in love with a very married Spaniard named Luis, who, because he is Catholic, will never leave his wife. The repercussions of Frances's actions are unexpected indeed: as her life takes on new meaning and joy, the lives of her family back in England begin to crumble.

Joanna Trollope, a descendant of novelist Anthony Trollope, has inherited her esteemed ancestor's talent for storytelling. In this bittersweet tale set on the Iberian peninsula, she deftly maps the complex relationships that exist within families and the equally complicated relations between lovers. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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If a talent for storytelling is a family trait, then Trollope (The Choir, LJ 10/1/95), a descendant of Anthony Trollope, has inherited it in spades, as her new book proves. From the title one might expect a fluffy romance, but this novel offers much more. It is also the story of a family, the trials and tribulations of ordinary people. Frances and Lizzie are the twin daughters of William and Barbara. Lizzie is married, with four children. Frances is single and owns a travel agency. On a business trip to Seville, Frances meets the man who will later become her "Spanish lover." The affair between Frances and Luis Gomez Moreno becomes the catalyst that causes shifts and changes in the whole family, for better and worse. Trollope constructs a beautiful plot, and her descriptions of Spain will have you itching to call your travel agent. Highly recommended.
-?Dawn L. Anderson, North Richland Hills P.L., Tex.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Lizzie and Frances are nearly identical twins in "A Spanish Lover," by Joanna Trollope. Lizzie and her husband have a business, four children, and a beautiful home. Frances, on the other hand, is unmarried and seems to be drifting along without a sense of direction.
Frances at last decides to step out of her sister's shadow and become her own person. She starts a travel business, which becomes a great success, and she begins an unconventional love affair with a married Spaniard. Meanwhile, Lizzie and Richard suffer serious financial setbacks that threaten their comfortable lifestyle. Lizzie, who has always been self-satisfied and even-tempered, cannot help but be jealous and resentful of her twin's financial and emotional independence.
Joanna Trollope is a contemporary Jane Austen. With a keen eye, she examines how time, economic circumstances, and romantic entanglements can upset the delicate balance of a relationship. She also explores the theme of whether we should try to please our families or ourselves. Trollope shows how making life-altering decisions can involve some serious tradeoffs. As one character in the book aptly states, "There is no change without sacrifice."
The author's writing flows naturally and her language is lyrical and beautifully descriptive. The characters are vividly portrayed and the dialogue is humorous, poignant, and insightful. I highly recommend "A Spanish Lover" for its rich detail and its penetrating look at contemporary family life.
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Can people really change their innermost selves? In this fabulous Trollope story, the answer is a resounding no, and it echoes from generation to generation.
William and Barbara, staunch, middle-class, and proper, astonish themselves when they conceive twins. Barbara is not at all pleased, somehow embarrassed by this quite excessive show of pregnancy and birth. William, however, is enchanted. Imagine, he thinks, a conservative schoolteacher, nothing to recommend himself, really, and he has begotten twins! It makes him feel very important, and that's a good thing, because when Elizabeth (Lizzie) and Frances finally make their appearance, Barbara is quite disgusted and repelled by the mere thought of any further mothering.
William becomes a house-husband of sorts, and Barbara, in her no-nonsense way, sees to her daughters' non-emotional needs. It works well until the girls are 10 years old, at which time comfortable, boring, predictable Barbara takes off for Marrakesh on a hippie trek (a truly hilarious plot twist). She is gone for some time, during which William begins a discreet love affair with the local artist, Juliet. Nevertheless, when Barbara comes back (not having succeeded in becoming a hippie or even a successful feminist, another hobby horse of hers), William takes her back as a natural course of events. He also keeps Juliet on the side; Barbara knows about this, and things continue, changed, but not really.
Fast forward 25 years. Lizzie, having had a fling at artsy life herself, is married to a fellow student, Rob, and the two have created a very successful art/antiques/crafts boutique. They live in a large, sprawling house, and have four children.
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I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. The characters,who were exceedingly well written, very realistic, and very interesting were very gracefully unfolded. I loved the relationship between the twins and the way the submissive twin (Frances) emerged into the more interesting and daring personality. I also appreciated the way in which she gently extricated herself from her sister (Lizzie) and her family influences to do what she wanted to do. It was very ironic and telling that Lizzie actually felt she possessed Frances in the same way she felt she possessed her own children, husband and business. Lizzie's evolution was also insightfully written, but the real story is with Frances, and deserves the most attention. The elders (father William, mother Barbara and mistress Juliet) were in a muddle from the sixties and seemed to float through life with no real direction or purpose. They stayed together in their mental menage-e-tois to simultaneously torture and comfort one another. Frances falls in love with a married man (Luis, the Spaniard)who is so very different from her culturally, emotionally and mentally, that it seems almost impossible that there could be any real attraction, but they share an intense passion for one another. She wishes to manifest all of her love and passion in the person of a child, which will be the living verification of their relationship. He tells her upfront that if she has a child, their relationship will end. She, thinking as a woman in love always thinks, feels that he will certainly change his mind once she becomes pregnant and he sees the child. Instead, he transfers his emotions from her to the child. She physically uproots herself to live in the hostile environment of a country and culture which is not accepting of outsiders and is very definately male oriented.Read more ›
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