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The History of Pascualete: The Earth Rests Lightly

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One of the ten best-dressed women of the world, the rich, beautiful, and glamorous Condesa de Romanones began life as Aline Griffith of Pearl River, New York, a girl destined for a fairy-princess existence. How this young woman was sent to Spain as an intelligence agent in World War II, how she met and married the handsome Conde de Romanones and restored Pascualete, his ...more
Kindle Edition, Kindle, 244 pages
Published June 9th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (first published 1963)
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Kristen
Mar 25, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
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Autobiography of the American socialite (and sometime spy) who married a Spanish Grandee. This book, written several decades before "The Spy Wore Red" and its sequels, describes Aline's attempts to renovate her husband's ancestral ranch and trace its origins (and his genealogy).

It's an interesting book, and she writes vividly about the people, traditions, and countryside in Extremadura. Written before the days of "political correctness," her references to to "servants" and descriptions of their
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Jun 14, 2016 Nfreynolds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alina Countess if Romanones, who married a Spanish Grandee just after WW2 and rehabilitates one of his estates. It is well written, has lots of descriptions of a way of life in the country, history, culture, and personal stories that are both charming and about her family and friends. It is very well written and keeps your interest.

She has written several other books which I have enjoyed, mostly about her life as an OSS agent during WW2 in Madrid job-mobbing with high society, between adventures
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May 24, 2014 Lorry Chwazik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quintanilla's memoir of her renovation of her husband's finca if the Estremadura province in Spain is as engagingly recounted as her other works recounting her American childhood, her work as a spy for the US in Spain in WWII, and her marriage to a Spanish Count. What a fascinating life!
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Doña María Aline Griffith Dexter, Countess of Romanones, Grandee of Spain (born Pearl River, NY, 1923) is an American married to a Spanish aristocrat, socialite, writer and spy. She married the Count of Quintanilla in 1947 and they later became the Count and Countess of Romanones.

Aline was born in 1923 in New York, was working as a model when she was recruited to become an OSS agent in Spain wher
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