The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys Review

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Age: Young Adult (teens 13-20)

My Ratting: 4 & 1/2 stars, since the ending makes it sound like incest is ok.

You can feel the sadness and heartache of the Spanish characters as they try to navigate living in a fascist country that abuses and twists Christianity – specifically Catholicism. I’m not Catholic but I can tell certain parts that all Christians regardless of denomination must follow are twisted by General Franco and the religious leaders. Septys captured this time period with grace and grit, such as seamlessly transitioning from the opulent hotel where Daniel Matheson is residing to the gritty streets of Ana’s neighborhood. The ending is neither happy or sad but reflects how hopeful and stressed Spaniards were during Spain’s transition after Franco died.

If you want to read a historical fiction novel based on Spain’s fascist this time period this is the book for you!

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