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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.
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.
I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. The characters,who were exceedingly well written, very realistic, and very interesting were very gracefully unfolded. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2001 by margot
I think that Joanna Trollope does an excellent job of exploring the choices that we make as individuals and how those choices impact where our lives go. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2001 by wordfiendca
"The Spanish Lover" is the story of British twin sisters who lead very different lives. Lizzie "has it all" -- the good-looking husband, two well-behaved... Read morePublished on July 9 2001 by Book Brain
Somehow, this novel seemed a bit flat to me. It needed an injection of fizz. This was the second novel of Trollope's that I read, and I thought that the characters in "The... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2001 by BeachReader
I am a big Trolloppe fan, and enjoyed this book because it let me get to know the two main characters in enough depth so I wasn't going "huh? Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2000