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Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
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Spoiler alert: do not Google General Maestre before you finish reading this book as it brings up a synopsis of the storyline. As always, I enjoyed learning about a period of history I didn't know enough about. At times, however, this book reads like a propaganda film, or the script of a 1940s movie. Neither is a problem in itself but I felt it descended into melodrama at times and many scenes felt contrived as the author tried to set a historical scene. Perhaps this is why I'm not a fan of historical fiction. It was a good read, quite exciting towards the end, and I learned quite a bit about Spanish history so reading it was time well spent.
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Reading Progress

July 14, 2013 – Shelved
July 14, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
August 4, 2013 – Started Reading
August 16, 2013 – Finished Reading
March 19, 2014 – Shelved as: spy-fiction
February 4, 2018 – Shelved as: scottish-authors

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Emma Exactly how I felt, like it was an over acted movie!


Fiona Emma wrote: "Exactly how I felt, like it was an over acted movie!"

Exactly, Emma! It’s interesting that 5 years ago I was saying I don’t like historical fiction when I read quite a lot of it now. I think what I was really saying is that it’s often difficult to find good historical fiction....and this isn’t!


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