A romantic and thrilling historical adventure from the internationally bestselling author whose work Diana Gabaldon has called “Enthralling”.
Spain, 1748. Caridad is a recently freed Cuban slave wandering the streets of Seville. Her master is dead and she has nowhere to go. When, by chance, she meets Milagros Carmona—a spellbinding, rebellious gypsy—the two women become inseparable. Caridad is swept into an exotic fringe society full of romance and art, passion and dancing.
But their way of life changes instantly when gypsies are declared outlaws by royal mandate and their world as a free people becomes perilous. The community is split up—some are imprisoned, some forced into hiding, all fearing for their lives. After a dangerous separation, Caridad and Milagros are reunited and join in the gypsies’ struggle for sovereignty against the widespread oppression. It’s a treacherous battle that cannot, and will not, be easily won.
From the bustle of Seville to the theatres of Madrid, The Barefoot Queen is an unforgettable historical fresco filled with characters that live, suffer, and fight for the lives of those they love, and for the freedom they can’t live without.
ldefonso Falcones de Sierra, married and the father of four children, is a lawyer who lives and works in Barcelona. The cathedral of the sea is his homage to a people capable of building, in the then unusual span of fifty-four years, what is undoubtedly one of the most lovely churches in the world.
A historical novel that has become an unprecedented bestseller, recognized by both readers and critics, and whose publication rights have been sold to thirty-two countries. The winner of several awards, including the 2006 Silver Euskadi Prize for best Spanish language novel, the 2007 Qué Leer Prize for best Spanish language book of the year, and the prestigious Italian award, Giovanni Boccaccio, for best foreign author of 2007.
Wow where to start the first thing I must say is that is book is not for the faint of hearts.
This book was so very hard for me to to read not just because it has over 700 pages, I find it’s because of all the raw hurt, pain as well as emotions Falcones put into this story. There were times I myself felt like I was in fact walking into Caridad’s shoes. I found that this was just too much for me to emotionally for me to finish. I sadly had to put it down at page 360 after trying to force myself to push on I truly could not bring myself to finish The Barefoot Queen.
I give this book 3 stars for what I did read… I give the cover 5 stars it was beautifully done.
***I was given this book to review for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review