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The Sands of Time

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  19,489 Ratings  ·  383 Reviews
Spain. A land of eternal passion and unceasing bloodshed. From the vengeance of a pitiless tyrant, four women flee the sacred, once-safe walls of a convent: LUCIA, the proud survivor harboring a murderous secret from the savage clan wars of Sicily...GRACIELLA, the beauty still unpurged of guilt from one reckless, youthful sin...MEGAN, the orphan seeking perilous refuge in ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 427 pages
Published 1988 by Warner Books
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Bobby Underwood
Dec 13, 2015 Bobby Underwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one really ever wrote a more entertaining romantic potboiler than Sidney Sheldon, and The Sands of Time is one of his best. It has loads of color and atmosphere, and characters you root for. Each divergent story-line is as interesting as the last, Sheldon's tremendous gift for storytelling on grand display here.

You won't forget nuns -- though not all are actually nuns -- Lucia, Teresa, Graciela or Megan, nor will you forget the wonderfully colorful portrait of Spain and its conflicts of the p
Apr 27, 2016 RItu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owns-these-books
This books is a story about some nuns who have different and strange background and who are either trying to get away from this nun-ship or want to involve more deeply into it.

Either way they end up getting outside the place they spend their lives and to see the world and how it is working and doing now.

With a lot of tragedies and up and downs in these women's lives, this story progresses.

Having read considerable number of books by Sidney Sheldon, I thought it could have been more entertaining t
Ieni Divina
Sep 03, 2007 Ieni Divina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It failed to disappoint. I love this book. The first time I read it I was just a sophomore student in high school and I just couldn't put it down. It really different from the usual stories that I was used to reading. I promised myself then that I will buy a copy of my own.

I started collecting books then with John Grisham's and Agatha Christie's works. It was so hard to find this book from second-hand bookstores. I couldn't afford to buy a new one since I was still a student and lived on a tight
Dec 02, 2012 Rolyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I finished reading this book, my first reaction was...


I mean, after all the excruciating details for the bull run, the convent, what happened with Sister Teresa in the military camp and some other things that I cannot remember anymore (I did mention in my other reviews that I do not have a good memory), I found the ending somewhat lacking. Okay, to be perfectly honest, I found the ending totally lacking. After reading this book and after my "what the hell?" moment, I really wanted to hit so
A good read but far from perfect:
1. Not a single likeable/memorable character in the entire book
2. The entire backdrop of Spanish Civil war didn't have major impact.
3. Too many characters, each with his detailed backstory which had no relevance to the main story(OK except 1 )
Not the auhor's best work But overall a good read. So 3/5
Nov 21, 2015 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
An okayish thriller. I know it is a story and one should not have too many questions but still..... there were many things not very convincing. The premise was good . This is the second book I have come across of a convent with the code of silence followed by its inhabitants. . But the atmosphere was so different from The Beautiful Mystery which was a five starrer for me.

It is the story of four nuns who escape from their convent during a military attack on it and of the rebel leader Jaimie Miro
Aug 01, 2012 Salymar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The difference between a rebel and a patriot depends upon who is in power at the moment.” — Sidney Sheldon, Sands of Time

The Sands of Time is an action-packed novel published in 1988 by the Master of Unexpected, Sidney Sheldon.

The story is set 37 years after the Civil War in Spain or the Spanish Inquisition (which lasted from 1936-1939). Remember, that Civil War was one of the bloodiest civil wars in history. More than half people lost their homes and lives in the battles for power between the
Devanshi Gupta
Aug 14, 2016 Devanshi Gupta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventures
I couldn't put it down at all. I never wanted to stop reading it, it was a really addicting and enticing read. But then we are talking about Sidney Sheldon aren't we?
Though I think at a point in the middle I thought the flashbacks were getting a little too much, but then I found myself grateful for all that knowledge. The character development was precise and each character had an intricately drawn past which was explained in detail. And that does sound awesome.
Saurabh Sharma
Sands of Time by Sydney Sheldon keeps you hooked till the end despite obvious flaws and loopholes in the plot. Based in the backdrop of Spanish Civil war between the Basques and the Spanish government, 'Sands of Time' is a story of Jaime Miro, a legendary, fearless and most-wanted terrorist, fighting for the rights of the Basque people against the authorities. The Spanish Prime Minister is on a hunt for Miro, and has deployed Colonel Acoca to bring Miro to justice for his crimes against the stat ...more
Fuad Fidah
Nov 09, 2014 Fuad Fidah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 07, 2012 Eds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is a story of four nuns who were able to escape the hostile military forces of Acoca who got into their convent. They were instructed by the Reverend Mother to take the convent's most precious possession with them and bring it to the next convent where it can be safely kept and where they can seek refuge as well. However, they fall into the hands of the rebel group led by Jaime Miro.

Jaime Miro was ultimately the handsomest rebel this story has ever created. He was so manly, undeniably char
Apr 19, 2010 JoPaul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sidney Sheldon spins a yarn that is both entertaining and addictive. It was a spellbinding moment reading the thick and rich plot. At first, I thought Sands of Times is gory and bloody, chaotic, historical and violent. However, it was the opposite. It was a 400 page full of reminisces of each of the major characters.

On the other hand, Sidney Sheldon's writing prowess is sometimes predictable, in a good sense that you want to prove you're right. And when you are, you felt great because you feel
Jaspreet Kaur
I finished this book in one sitting. it was a fun read but I didn't like it that much.
Aug 27, 2015 Neha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The difference between a patriot and a rebel depends on who is in power at the moment"

I have no words how much I adore Sidney Sheldon and his books, and his brain, and his ideas, and his entire being. There will never be another Sidney Sheldon. Note that. THERE WON'T BE A STORYTELLER LIKE SIDNEY SHELDON EVER AGAIN.
There is something inexplicable about his writing, which grips the reader from the beginning till the end, keeps the reader intrigued, letting them feel every single emotion. And how
Jan 08, 2016 Nadira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“the difference between a rebel and a patriot depends upon who is in power at the moment.”
― Sidney Sheldon, Sands of Time

The Sands of Time by Sidney Sheldon is another of my #toptenfavoritebooks. This best-seller is an action thriller and follows the adventures of four nuns who are forced to elope and leave their Spanish convent during a military attack on the convent. They are forced to fend for themselves in the outside world of threat, violence and passions and end up getting trapped in the
Apr 30, 2011 Linn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been an engrossing and entertaining read throughout the time i had this book.The book can be described as a true novel with mixed feelings and emotions throughout and as the title aptly describes, a sequence of events(adventures would be better) and feelings and their change with time.Its worthy of the time you spent
A problem i had noticed was that each character had a flashback to him/her and it becomes difficult to match the characters with their flashblack as the story progresses and i
Pranjal ginde
May 20, 2012 Pranjal ginde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nuns and rebels teaming up... who would have imagined huh?? Well luckily the master of novel writing did!!! Nothing i say can do justice to this book. Magen an orphan who has no option but joining the convent. Teressa, joins up to escape her tragic heart break and finds peace, at last. Graciella joins out of true desire to be with God. And my favorite, Lucia a murderer wanted across state lines, joins because she needs a hide out. And colonel Acoca happens..... They get dumped into the world and ...more
Shahla Pirasteh
Mar 17, 2010 Shahla Pirasteh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
با حمله ماموران حکومتی به صومعه چهار راهبه برای نجات جانشان از صومعه فرار می کنند. لوسیا از خانواده ای قاچاقچی, ترزا بسیار زشت مانند شبه زدگان سردرگم شده است, گراسیا بسیار زیبا حدودا سی ساله و مگان یتیمی که که به صومعه پناه برده است همراه با یاغیان حکومتی به سر کردگی جیمی میرو می شوند تا به صومعه ای در منداویا برسند. هر چهار زن سرگذشت عجیبی داشته اند . در این سفر درسهای زیادی می آموزند و حقیقت را درباره خود می یابند. داستانی جالب پر از حادثه ,عشق و دسیسه . 1
پشت جلد
اگر نقشه موبه مو اجرا نشود هم
Sasha Dayo
May 16, 2011 Sasha Dayo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn did I love this book or what. The four nuns were the best characters each with a different catchy story. Each finding love, each having the most not to expect ending. Each becoming a nun not by choice. The story of their lives, Lucia daughter of Mafia boss came to the nun to hide, Megan abandon in Italy as an American baby, Teresia, became a nun to run away from a heartbreaking home, Graciela, the beauty of them all who remained married to the church after all the drama. Then Jaime Miro, th ...more
Monica Rajgopal
Feb 09, 2017 Monica Rajgopal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just brilliant!
Another Sidney Sheldon book with strong heroines and huge plots. Once again, Sidney Sheldon shows his attitude of money-and-power-can-buy-anyone-or-anything. I was kinda surprised reading the blurb when I came to know that the heroines are nuns. The freedom fighting, terrorists and spies make the book all the more interesting and spicy. Well, there were few gross, filthy parts (every book of his has some!) that I hated. The prose was kinda bland too but somehow added glamour to the thriller. I l ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Warning: Once you start you cannot stop, seriously. You have to make sure you're not in the middle of something (especially cooking, or in my case studying for exams). This is the very definition of page-turner brought to you by the master story teller himself.

This is one of the best of Sidney Sheldon (the other one is The Master of the Game)! I finished it in one sitting, believe me. And it was midterms week, of all things! I think I went to bed at 4am back then. I didn't regret it though, my e
Sep 18, 2015 Sandeep rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Started this book with lot of expectations as the author Sindney Sheldon has a huge fan following in India and it was my debut read of his books. Opening scene was the only highlight of the book. Rest of the incidents that took place were merely coincidental with lots of loopholes in the plot. Author's writing was very straightforward and too boring which makes the story less interesting. Not sure if I will pick his other works or not
Bijan Ayati
Read this in my adolescent years and enjoyed it quite a bit.
Naveen Mina
Nov 03, 2011 Naveen Mina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One my favorite books. Another book I cried to and I fell in love with Jaime Miro.

In my opinion, one of Sidney Sheldon's best. It had suspense, humor, romance and history all rolled into one.
Guruprasadh Sekar
Mar 15, 2013 Guruprasadh Sekar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice book with a sluggish start. Once it picks up pace its yet another incredible one from the famous author
Dec 03, 2007 Ellenjsmellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Very good. I really enjoyed this one.
Rowena Alfante
“The difference between a rebel and a patriot depends upon who is in power at the moment.”

If reality doesn’t require a person to work, do the chores, and go to sleep, I would’ve finished this book in a single sitting. The story was so riveting right from page one. It will hold you tight and it doesn’t let go. Set in Spain in a time of political unrest, Sands of Time brought us a story of love and violence, of faith and passion, of war and loyalty. And of nuns and their unintentional team-up
Joy Angeline
I first read this when I was in 4th grade, I think? I must say, then, I was so addicted to this book and I especially shipped Jaime and Morgan. However, when I read it again, I was disappointed.

1. The characters weren't really that memorable, but I found them relatable. If I were in that position, I must say that I would have done the same thing. Or, at least, something very similar. I loved Megan and Lucia, since, unlike the other two, actually DID something, unlike the other who pretty much ac
May 13, 2017 Kei?1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
نکته ای که برا قابل هضم نبود این بود که 3 تا از این زنهایی که تو صومعه بودند، در به داغون رشت و بودند و واقعن بهشون میومد که برن صومعه! ولی گراسیا که انقدر زیبا و دلربا بود! واسه چی باید بره صومعه. آخه کسی که صورت و اندام خوب داره که تو این مسائل مذهبی وارد نمیشه که
تاحالا بسیجی خوشگل دیدید؟؟؟؟؟ چه زن و چه مرد بسیجی تاحالا دلفریب و خوشتیپ و خوش قیافه دیدید؟ من که ندیدم
معمولن کسانی هستن که جامعه تردشون کرده و یا انقدر زشتن که کسی نگاهشون نمیکنه. میرن که اون دنیا تو بهشت حال کنن و صد در هزار هم ع
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Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007) was an American writer who won awards in three careers—a Broadway playwright, a Hollywood TV and movie screenwriter, and a best-selling novelist.

His TV works spanned a twenty-year period during which he created I Dream of Jeannie (1965-70), Hart to Hart (1979-84), and The Patty Duke Show (1963-66), but it was not until after he turned 50 and began writing best-selling no
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