The Time in Between

The Time in Between

Book - 2012
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Follows the story of Sira Quiroga, a young seamstress from Madrid, who becomes entangled in the web of powerful friendships and political alliances determined to keep Francoist Spain from entering WWII on the side of the Axis.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2012
Edition: Reprint ed
ISBN: 9781451616897
Characteristics: 640 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Hahn, Daniel
Alternative Title: Tiempo entre costuras. English


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Sep 14, 2017

Excellent read. Couldn't put it down.

Mar 14, 2017

Young women becomes an expert seamstress under her mother's tutelage. Setting is in Madrid, Spain at the time of the Spanish civil war. She is engaged to a childhood sweetheart, clerk. She meets an older man and runs away with him to Morocco. Her older lover steals her inheritance from her father *( she was an illegitimate child) . Her older lover leaves her and she eventually sets up a seamstress business in Morocco. She does this in order to make a living and also to pay off her older lover's debts.
She is successful as a designer and makes high power friends in Morocco. Her success is assisted by her becoming friends with an influential english women who is a regular patron of hers.
She is approached by the British Secret Service to become a spy when WW2 breaks out. She spies on Germans and corrupt business men in Morocco. She becomes a valued member of the espionage world.
She falls in love again with a british spy (unknown to her at the time). She eventually confesses to her new love that she is a spy, he also confesses his role. Historical account of the war is interesting. a good read.

Jan 22, 2015

I loved this book as did our book club. It had many twists and turns as well as little known historical events.

Aug 24, 2013

Overly wordy and too drawn out to keep my interest.

Aug 08, 2013

This book is much too long - 600+ pages. The first 2/3 is slow moving with a silly heroine. The last 1/3 is excellent, but not enough to redeem the book.

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 03, 2013

A lush, romantic novel about a young Spanish seamstress who finds herself caught up in the world of espionage on the eve of World War II. A traditional story full of historical details with evocative portraits of Morocco and Spain in the 1930s as seen through the eyes of a fascinating heroine. This debut novel was a huge hit in Europe.

ontherideau Mar 17, 2012

An excellent story of espionage by a woman, about a woman and for women.


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