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Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende
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Sep 30, 2011

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Aurora had a life full of interesting moments. Each step, every choice had consequences in the future. Therefore, the simplest decision, taken by the main character or by her parents, determines the growth of a child.

The child is the result of an impossible love. As if in punishment, her birth dictates the death of her mother, the beautiful and irresistible Lynn. The father, Severo Del Vale, through several adversities surrenders to Nívea, her eternal lover.

Aurora grows in a cosmopolitan atmosphere and is raised by Paulina Del Vale, her beloved grandmother. She has a happy childhood, but haunted by terrible nightmares. Aurora becomes a woman and is forced to marry a men that she opes to love in the future, but not on the present.

An epic book that debates death, love, life and the importance of the past in the construction of the future. Little by little, the reader discovers the hidden agenda of all characters and follows the sentimental evolution of Aurora.

There's much more to tell about Aurora's life, but I couldn't reveal details to destroy curiosity. With an attentive and careful reading, the narrative must be accompanied to the last word. Many secrets must be revealed.

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