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The Poet's Wife

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  275 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
An unforgettable journey into the heart of one family torn apart by war.

Granada, 1920. Free-spirited Luisa and young poet Eduardo fall in love, cementing a bond that can never be broken.

Behind the jasmine filled courtyard, perched amongst houses like clouds on a hilltop, stands a beautiful villa; Carmen de las Estrellas. Beneath its walls live Eduardo and Luisa with their
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 26th 2014 by Bookouture
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Oct 07, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
The Poets Wife is a historical family saga that Sweeps with a capital S. Set in Granada, spanning 50 years from 1920, it is told from the points of view of three generations of women. Luisa is the Poets Wife, married to Eduardo, a lawyer by trade but poet by heart. She is the matriarch of the family, supporting not only her husband, but their children and extended family. Isabel is their first born, much loved daughter and the third woman is Paloma, daughter to Isabel.

I don’t think I have ever
This is a stunningly good debut novel. Set on a grand scale it tells the story of one family living in Granada from the 1920s through the Spanish Civil war and their life under the fascist rule of General Franco until his death in 1975.

The story is told through three the voices of three generations of women. The matriarch Luisa,the poet's wife, her daughter Isabel and grand-daughter Paloma. Luisa meets her future husband Eduardo outside a recital by his idol, the famous poet Federico Garcia Lorc
Tara Chevrestt
There is nothing more confusing than Spain's civil war. Even the most interesting of novels chronicling it have left me feeling slightly bewildered. So I love how this author has managed to lay it out for us, simply, in a way in which the facts will always be in my mind. The story of Spain's hardships is told through three women. First, the poet's wife, Luisa. She shows us Spain before the war, when young girls spoke to potential suitors through gates and parents had a firm say in who their ...more
Jun 18, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, 2014, net-galley, n
This is a beautifully written book written about the Spanish Civil War- but spanning 50 years and telling the story of 3 generations. I learnt a lot about the time and the writing is so lovely that you can imagine yourself in the setting- in the beautiful family villa.

Luisa is the Poet’s Wife from the title. She is married to Eduardo who is a lawyer- but tells everyone he is a poet at heart. The story follows Luisa, her eldest daughter Isabel and her granddaughter Paloma.
The book carries you alo
Nicole Overmoyer
Oct 02, 2014 Nicole Overmoyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca Stonehill's THE POET'S WIFE is a sweeping story of a family in the years leading up to, during, and after the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.

The title could be seen as a little misleading considering that Luisa's husband, Eduardo, is more of a failed poet, making her more of a failed poet's wife. Given the scope of the story, I'd like to think that the title is meant to evoke the idea of dreamers in any society, in any time, in any place.

Eduardo and Luisa are dreamers. They are parents
Mar 18, 2015 Rouen rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley-arc, saga
Family sagas sometimes leave me feeling bitter sweet but it is combined with such pleasant weariness that I keep devouring more.

The Poet’s Wife brings us to the world of Granada, Spain in the 1920s and onwards to the heart of Fidel Castro’s regime where a family villa, Carmen de las Estrellas, and its residents bore the earlier happy days of freedom and later on the ravages of civil war. It seemed quite a minuscule spot, spanning almost fifty years, in that period of Spanish history but a minusc
Nov 10, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway is one of my favourite all-time books, so I grabbed at the chance to plunge into the background of the Spanish Civil War: to find out more about the lives of ordinary Spanish citizens, how they lived, loved and suffered. The Poet’s Wife delivered. I was thoroughly immersed in this epic story, and it has brought this period of history, this part of the world, to life through characters which seemed alive – though they are fictional. This is how ...more
Emma Crowley
Sep 29, 2014 Emma Crowley rated it it was amazing
The Poet’s Wife is the hugely impressive debut from Rebecca Stonehill. A sweeping historical family saga spanning three generations of women, this book was just amazing and I loved every minute of it. Set in Granada, Spain from the 1920’s, through the civil war and right up until the death of General Franco, this story had me hooked right from the prologue and it’s not often a book can keep me enthralled in such a way. To be honest I think I would have bought this book without even reading the ...more
Nikki  Peterson
Sep 26, 2014 Nikki Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Originally posted on my blog Skeleton Key Reviews*

The Poet’s Wife covers three generations of women in a family through the rule of Franco in Spain. Through the hunger, execution and torture of friends and family, and the fear of staunch Franco supporters. Also through the births, making friends, and individual triumphs.

It starts out with the courting of Luisa and Eduardo in the early nineteen hundreds and the birth of their first child daughter, Isabel. Onc
I would first like to say that this is an extraordinary story. I haven’t really read any fiction that depicts the civil war in Spain during this early 1900’s and it was deeply emotional to read about. I have to admit I had a different mind- set going into this story due to the title because I feel like the story doesn’t really center around Luisa but around her whole family and what they experienced first-hand during this turbulent time.

There are a few things I feel I should point out and normal
Renita D'Silva
Aug 06, 2014 Renita D'Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful and powerful book. Unforgettable, an epic tale peopled with characters so vivid they jump off the pages and take residence in your heart. The writing is beautiful, heartfelt, the descriptions evocative, the sense of time and place exquisite. The upheavals of a family torn asunder by the ravages of war are set against the backdrop of a country in turmoil. A vast canvas, memorable characters, and love against all odds, love that survives political insurgence and unspeakable ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Mystica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Family sagas with a strong historical background are one of my favourite genres. This one ticked all the boxes. Another huge favourite is strong women and this story throws up strong women in every generation the book covered. The autocratic and dictatorial type of rule under Franco in Spain was a period of history unknown to me, so I found this very informative.

Luisa and Eduardo fall in love. He is a poet and she is a free spirited young girl, ahead of her time and knows her mind. They marry an
Nov 08, 2015 Melinda rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Stonehill does a fabulous job with educating the reader on the Spanish Civil War as the build up, the actual conflict and the aftermath is painfully depicted. Brilliantly detailed including the history, notable figureheads, political strife, brutalities, unimaginable poverty suffered by those surviving the discord.

The intimacy Stonehill created with the Luisa, Isabel and Paloma is compelling. Their fierceness to keep the family unit intact, strength to survive matched with hardships well sketche
Sep 17, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing
This beautifully written novel is the story of one family's experience during the Spanish Civil War. Eduardo and Luisa live on a beautiful villa with their children. Eduardo, a lawyer, is passionate about poetry. After a few of his poems are published, he tells anyone who asks that he is a poet by profession. This in spite of the fact he still is a lawyer by trade. His wife, Luisa, supports and loves him. She is a strong, intelligent woman and I enjoyed getting to know her character. The ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Carolynj rated it really liked it
As a first novel it was elegant. Not a demanding read, but nevertheless an addictive one. I thought the characters were all well drawn and each one, including all the children, became lodged in the mind of this reader for all their different personalities. Although some aspects of the story seemed rather too good to be real, one never really felt credultiy to be over stretched. The author took the reader from the warm and fuzzy to the shocked horrified with ease. Even elicited the odd tear from ...more
Nov 15, 2014 I rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oooh I loved this book! So beautifully written. Sometimes beautifully written means long long sentences that distract me from the actual story. But not with this book. It's so easy to read and to get lost in the story. Written from the viewpoint of three different characters I got attached to all three of them. But the one that stands out the most is Aurelia. You don't get to read what exactly she is thinking and feeling but that fits the character perfectly. You feel like you know what is going ...more
Nov 05, 2014 Mirella rated it it was amazing

The Poet’s Wife is an extraordinary novel about a family struggling to go on with their daily lives during the Spanish Civil War. The tale unfolds through the lush narrative of three different women from the same family. First, there is Luisa, the poet’s wife, the matriarch of the family who befriends a group of gypsies. Her daughter, Isabel, young, independent, becomes a nurse on the front lines. It is there she discovers her talent for sitting with the dying, and helping them pass on with dign
Feb 06, 2016 Carole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction at its finest.

Through the stories of three generations of strong, independent women of the Ramirez family, Stonehill portrays the horrors and hopes of the years between 1920 and 1979 in Spain. Louisa, Isabel, and Paloma depict the slow but sure change in the lives of the Spanish women during and after Franco's dictatorship. There are many other wonderful characters whose lives are interwoven with this family's dramatic history. I couldn't put this book down and read it in one
May 27, 2015 Adele rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This was a very moving portrayal of a family’s struggles and survival during the Spanish revolution. The story was told from the eyes of the female members of the family panning three generations. The tragedies they felt and saw. The hardship of surviving with little or no food. The fear of leaving their own home. The casualties of the civil war. Amongst all these terrible days, months and years love had intertwined into their lives and it was a wonderful blessing. From the author’s words I felt ...more
Debbie Rix
Feb 05, 2016 Debbie Rix rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know a huge amount about the Spanish Civil War but after reading ‘The Poet’s Wife’, I feel I have been given a real insight into this tragic and divisive time in Spain’s history. Rebecca Stonehill is a talented writer who takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of one family caught up in this turbulent period. Her characterisation is wonderful and descriptions of Granada and Barcelona very atmospheric. A lovely novel – instructive, interesting and involving.
Oct 11, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book tremendously. I learned a lot about what Spain was like during General Franco's reign.

The realistic writing pulled me into the lives of the very interesting characters, into their everyday lives, and anytime I needed to put the book down I regretted the interruption.

I look forward to Rebecca Stonehill's next book, and especially so for it will be set in my country.
Oct 03, 2014 Emmaa22 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, world, drama
Recommended by a friend of the author and really enjoyed it. Set in Granada during the civil war, I loved the characters and the depiction both of the turbulent history and of the complex storyline.
Really good tale - reminded me of The Return and Guernica on similar lines, but beautifully put together.
Jun 04, 2016 Pat rated it it was amazing
Based in Granada before and during the civil war. This is a tale about the beautiful bond between Eduard and Luisa. They raise their children in a loving and liberal environment. Their liberal views become dangerous as the war looms and has a different impact on them all. The characters really come alive and make you feel with them, it is a delightful book
Nicole Laverdure
Oct 18, 2014 Nicole Laverdure rated it really liked it
The Poet's wife was a delight to read! This is the first book that I read by Rebecca Stonehill. This novel was well written, with characters nicely blended into this story set during the Spanish Civil war. I liked Eduardo, Louisa and their family.
May 13, 2016 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written book, set during the time leading up to the Spanish Civil War, during it and living after it. Three generations of positive females are the centre stone of the story and their lives, fears and dreams. Well worth a read 5 stars
Jantine Kampes
Dec 17, 2015 Jantine Kampes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

My review can be found September 15th, 08.15 Dutch time, at
May 19, 2016 Celeste rated it it was amazing
There aren't enough stars for this book! I felt like I was in Spain the entire time...very well-written!
nikkia authement
Sep 18, 2014 nikkia authement rated it it was amazing
I received a copy on my kindle from netgalley. I enjoyed this book. It will blow your mind the situation in Spain for so long. Its a very good different book than usually set in Spain.
Louise Beech
Jan 01, 2016 Louise Beech rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful sweeping tale, the kind like Gone With The Wind that you wish would go on for ever. Poetic and rich in detail, I look forward to whatever Rebecca writes next. Highly recommend.
Sep 21, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
brilliant book about a family through the Spanish civil war. a brilliant saga which is really well written
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Rebecca Stonehill is from London but currently lives in Nairobi with her husband and three young children where she set up Magic Pencil, an initiative to give children greater access to creative writing and poetry. She has had numerous short stories published over the years, for example in Vintage Script, What the Dickens magazine, Ariadne's Thread and Prole Books but The Poet's Wife (Bookouture) ...more
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