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The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives by Tim Darcy Ellis
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A common problem with historical fiction is finding the balance between the bare facts and the human drama that makes it interesting to read and follow. The author, Tim Darcy Ellis, takes the story of Juan Luis Vives and gives it new life. It is obviously well researched, but the details and politics of the time do not bog down the story. Rather, they give the story a solid framework to stand on.

Juan Luis Vives is a Jewish man who pretends to be Catholic in order to survive the times. He worked for, and with, larger than life historical figures such as Thomas Moore, Catherine of Aragon, King Henry the VIII and other political figures. Ellis shows that politics really haven’t changed, laying out the famous drama of Henry the VIII, and the subsequent formation of the Church of England in such a way that even those who know nothing of the history will be engrossed.

The book, overall, reads like a thriller and will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. This is especially true since most who read this do not actually know what did happen to Juan Luis Vives. For those who are in need of a good book with plenty of suspense, this is a great choice.
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