Book Review - The Time In Between by Maria Duenas

The Time In Between

Blurb from Goodreads:

The Time In Between is a word-of-mouth phenomenon that catapulted María Dueñas, a debut author, to the top of Spain’s bestseller lists.

This sweeping novel, which combines the storytelling power of The Shadow of the Wind with the irresistible romance of Casablanca, moves at an unstoppable pace. Suddenly left abandoned and penniless in Algiers by her lover, Sira Quiroga forges a new identity. Against all odds she becomes the most sought-after couture designer for the socialite wives of German Nazi officers. But she is soon embroiled in a dangerous political conspiracy as she passes information to the British Secret Service through a code stitched into the hems of her dresses.

This is a story that is beautifully written and is very enjoyable. As you follow Sira the main character you see the evolution of a young girl to a strong woman. She makes mistakes along the way but when the time comes to stand on her own feet, she proves she can. I was able to enjoy the story as there is a lot of historic background that is covered in the beginning which makes it possible to really understand what the world is like for Sira. Towards the second half you are able to really get into the spy story that takes place.

I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy historical fiction, especially when the story takes place in the first half of the 20th century.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with the review copy. All opinions are my own and only my own.


  1. Ahh! You are the first person that I know to have also read this book! I really like your blog. I'm a new BloggyMoms follower and look forward to your future posts. If you want, you can check out my blog and join our journey.

  2. The Time In Between is an amazing saga of a young woman caught in the turmoil of the Spanish civil war, it's as much a story of a woman's survival during wartime as was Scarlett O'Hara's saga in Gone With The Wind. Author Maria Duenas has created a new literary heroine in Sira Quiroga.


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