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Under The Spanish Stars

(Wandering Skies #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Charlotte Kavanagh’s beloved grandma Katarina Sanchez is gravely ill, so when she begs Charlotte to travel to her homeland in Andalucía to uncover the truth behind a mysterious painting, Charlotte agrees.  Taking leave from her soul-destroying job and stalled life in Australia, Charlotte embarks on a quest through Granada’s ancient cobble-stoned streets and vibrant neighbo ...more
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Published February 1st 2016 by MIRA
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Kylie D
I just loved this novel! It has everything you want in a book, mystery, enchanting setting, handsome stranger!

We have workaholic Charlotte travelling to Spain for her ailing grandmother to look into a painting that was given to her by her father. The painting was unsigned and her gran really wants to solve the mystery of it before she passes. In Spain Charlotte receives help from dashing guitarist Mateo, who introduces to the world of gypsies and flamenco. As the search for the answers to the m
Charlotte Kavanagh’s Abuela, her grandmother, Katarina Sanchez was desperately ill after a heart attack. Safely tucked away in a hospital in Melbourne, with her brother Steve, and parents keeping an eye on her, Charlotte had travelled to Granada, Spain in search of answers for Abuela. Katarina had been a flamenco dancer in Spain, one of the very best in the 1940s. She had been given a painting by her father before he died, and Abuela was finally in need of answers to all she’d held inside over t ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I am a bit conflicted by this book. The first half first felt a little like Strictly Ballroom with all of the flamenco references and Spanish sprinkled in. I think it would have benefited from more exposition about the dancing, but I managed to get along. The second half sadly, fell into the usual romance tropes and felt a little stilted at times, moving things along for the sake of plot. The resolution was a little short for my taste.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely story although at times the characters and situations seemed a bit one dimensional.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favourites, read-2016
I love Australian Authors. I love romance novels. I love all kinds of dancing. I love sexy guys with sexy accents. If you love these too, then grab yourself one of Alli's novels and swoon along with me.

I've devoured everything Alli has written, including her short stories. I adored them all, but this is my favorite so far. I found the story emotionally engaging, bringing both smiles and tears to my eyes. Blending contemporary romance with historical tragedy and throwing in a bit of mystery, All
Alli Sinclair is a well traveled Australian author whose international adventures and love of dance inspire her story-telling, which is something that shines through in Under The Spanish Stars.

Katarina Sanchez has recently had a heart attack which causes her to take stock of her life and she decides the time is right to track down the origins of a mysterious painting given to her by her father. She is not well enough to undertake the journey herself so tasks her grand-daughter Charlotte with the
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
When we first meet Charlotte, her Grandmother (Abuela) is a very poorly lady and has asked Charlotte to travel to Granada, where she spent her youth, to find out the truth behind an unsigned painting her father had given to her.
The story alternates between Abuela telling her story back in 1944 and the present day when Charlotte is trying to find out the truth of her Grandmother's past. A past which she has spoken very little off previously.
It's hardly a quick and easy journey for Charlotte given
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I really enjoyed this historical romance set in the glorious, colourful surroundings of Granada, Spain. The story is written in two time frames: the present day and travelling back to 1936 to a very turbulent time in Spain.

Charlotte Kavanagh and her family live in Australia. Charlotte is very close to her Grandmother, Katarina. Katarina is of Spanish origin and she lived there till the political climate in Spain proved too difficult for her and her friends. Katarina (Charlotte’s Abuela) is very
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It must be said that Alli Sinclair is a story-teller. There is simply something truly engaging in Sinclair’s stories and most particularly in the way in which she delivers them.

Under The Spanish Stars is a novel shrouded in mystery and intrigue that tells the story of several generations of the Sanchez/Kavanagh family. Charlotte Kavanagh is on a fact-finding mission to uncover the truth of her grandmother, Katarina Sanchez’s past in Spain, a homeland that Katarina refuses to speak of. It is whil
Roz ~ My Written Romance
Review to come....but it's safe to say I loved it!!
Vicky-Leigh Sayer
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every now and again I find myself wanting to read a novel that allows me to escape from everything and immerse myself in a world of pure fiction. Under the Spanish Stars is such a novel.

When Charlotte Kavanagh finds herself in Granada, Spain, the last thing on her mind is handsome men. She has been sent to Granada on a mission by her dying Grandmother to discover her true heritage.

And then Mateo Vives turns up.

He is quite literally a Spanish dream come true, and Charlotte cannot resist falling
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
'Under Spanish Stars' by Alli Sinclair had strong plot that lifts this one above the usual romance-in-a-foreign-country stories. It appears that Sinclair has adopted a specific genre (her previous novel 'Luna Tango' was set in Argentina and we learnt about the tango while uncovering a family mystery). This one travels the same route except it is set in Granada, Spain and we learn all about flamenco dancing while uncovering a family mystery. But the writing is beguiling and the mystery pulls you ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Young Melbourne woman, Charlotte, returns to Granada, at the behest of her beloved grandmother who is secretive about her early life in Spain and has always refused to discuss it. Now that she is very ill, her grandmother asks Charlotte to discover the origins of a painting, one of the few links with her Spanish heritage that she has kept. In alternate chapters, the readers are transported back to Spain during the tyranny of Franco’s regime and into the world of flamenco dancing. In the present ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Another 'good read'much like Luna Tango'in theme...a mystery of family influenes fron Spain through lost time, love and flamenco roots, via Australianisation.
Lightly romantic, full of passion for the subject-matter and easily drawing in any reader with a mind to enjoy the national flavours laid out on the platter of this novel.
Bringing together an insight of the end of the Spanish Civil War 1939, and the long term mystery for a young woman who the matures a d lives a new and different life in Au
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having loved Beneath Parisian Skies, which I received courtesy of Beauty and Lace, I was interested in another Wandering Skies book and I definitely wasn't disappointed. Alli Sinclair's characters really come alive and you relate to them. I absolutely love the way she gives so much detail about the city, as in Paris and the country, in Spain. I also loved the way she wove something a little unusual into the stories - this time flamenco dancing. The free prequels are a brilliant way into the nove ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a lovely romantic story set in two storylines; the present day and the Spanish Civil War. The dual storylines worked well together and contained a good mix of history, romance, travel and mystery. I think this story was so enjoyable because I read Golden earrings by Belinda Alexander earlier in the year which covered the same topics and hence they and the Spanish terminiology were familiar.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Follow your heart

A great story, following two timelines, grandma and granddaughter learn about passion, love and following their heart. As Charlotte searches for answers about her grandma's past, we also learn about this past side by side with Charlotte uncovering the secrets of the past and finding her own future. I loved learning about Spanish history and the flamenco dancing and music, I could imagine it all as if I were there and part of it.
Liv Arnold
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the story of Charlotte and her grandma. They have a great bond.

I also could help but get a little teary eyed at the end of the novel. Sad but beautiful.
Margi. O’Brien
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Looked this book, took me back to Spain and now I want to visit again!
Bree T
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Under The Spanish Stars is the second full length novel from Alli Sinclair and main character Charlotte is tasked with traveling to Spain to uncover the truth about a painting that her grandmother has kept in her possession her whole life. Although Charlotte knew her grandmother had been born in Spain and lived there until her 20s, her grandmother rarely ever spoke of her life there and discouraged questions. Charlotte is intrigued by what she could find out on her mission, although time of not ...more
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
In 2015, Alli Sinclair was voted Favourite New Romance Author by members of the Australian Romance Readers Association following her debut release, Luna Tango – and it’s not hard to see why.

In this, her second book, Alli once again brings us a dual timeline, introducing us to Charlotte Kavanagh in the present and her grandmother, Katarina Sanchez (Abuela) inhabiting both narratives as the novel revolves around flamenco and the origin of a painting that Abuela was given by her father.

While Katari
Kathleen Gray
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You'll actually learn something (I did) about flamenco and Spain while reading this nicely written romance. I liked both the Katarina and Charlotte strands and felt they came together nicely. The mysterious and oh so sexy Mateo is a good foil for Charlotte. THanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Try this one for a historical/modern novel set during the time of Franco. I look forward to more from Sinclair.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr
Under the Spanish Stars offers up many of the elements that made Alli Sinclair’s debut, Midnight Serenade, such an appealing read: romance, adventure, mystery and a plot set against real historic events. This time the author takes us from Australia to Granada, Spain, and the world of music, art, gypsies and flamenco dance. The story follows Charlotte Cavanaugh from Melbourne to Spain on a quest to unlock the secrets of a mysterious painting at the request of her ailing Spanish-born grandmother, ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
A beautiful story about finding one’s direction in life, Under the Spanish Stars is a culturally decadent novel that takes the reader on a journey to the exotic location of Spain. I was immediately immersed from the very first page in Charlotte story, as Sinclair’s main character makes the heartfelt journey from Australia to Spain. When Charlotte’s Grandmother Katarina has a serious health scare, it is up to Charlotte to follow her Grandmother’s wishes and travel to her homeland in Spain. Charlo ...more
Julie Garner
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book grabs you from the opening paragraph! You know something special is happening but you don't exactly know what it is. You hunger to follow this journey, to find out what it is that Charlotte is searching for.
As you continue to read and follow the journey, you learn that there is so much more here than just a young woman searching for an seems that there is more than one question lingering below the surface and as you find that answer, another one appears.
I love the way that
Oct 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
I think this novel would make a great basis for a drinking game. Every time the author mentions 'duende', you take a sip; every time the heroine, Charlotte, thinks lustful thoughts about the handsome spaniard, Matteo, or a character refuses to talk about their past, take 2 sips. And when any of the characters calls another 'the flame of my soul', you have to skull the glass. You will be legless by Chapter 4.

I thought the premise of this story was quite interesting; a young Australian woman trave
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having grabed this book off the shelf with the thought this will do, I was pleasantly surprised at how lovely this book was. I love the whole history element and learning about Flamenco was just wonderful. I love Alli's characters they had heart and soul, something that is lacking in so many books at the moment. They were not just words on a page, you felt like you could have faith in them, you really got a sense of the country and the music and I could see my self at the Ginita camp and dancing ...more
Laura Reading
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two adventurous love stories set in different decades.
Beautifully descriptive narrative drives the story of Charlotte 's search for information about a painting tied to her grandmother 's secret past existence. Katarina lived in time of war as well as one of personal battles. Charlotte unknowingly is experiencing similar troubles in her present life.

This is a romantic journey to discovering past regrets and finding self and potential.
Well researched and presented to bring the attraction of Flame
Kerrie Paterson
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Ms Sinclair has written a story rich with evocative images and dashing foreign heroes. Australian heroine Charlotte is sent to her grandmother's homeland of Andalucia to uncover the truth behind a mysterious painting. On her journey to uncover her grandmother's past, she also learns more about herself and what she really wants out of life. Both the quest and her inner journey are helped along by sexy flamenco guitarist, Mateo. (*sigh*)
Filled with history, culture and food, this is a
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very well-written, vividly described book. Charlotte agrees to travel to Spain to find out the history of a painting that was given to her grandmother many years before. This leads her to Mateo, a gifted musician, who can help her get an introduction to a secluded gypsy clan. Mateo teaches Charlotte about flamenco, which will help her understand her grandmother's past. This book told Charlotte's story as well as her grandmother's. It brought Spain and the art of flamenco to life for m ...more
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Alli Sinclair is an Australian multi-award winning author published who has lived in Argentina, Peru, and Canada. She’s climbed some of the world’s highest mountains and worked as a tour guide in South and Central America. Australia has always been close to Alli’s heart as she loves the diverse landscapes and the rich multicultural heritage of this wonderful land.

Alli’s books explore history, cult

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