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The Fountains of Silence


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Title: The Fountains of Silence

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Publisher: Philomel

@philomelbooks@penguinteen

Genre: YA Historical Fiction


I made a goal for myself this year to read more #backlist titles off my shelves. So, far, how I’ve been accomplishing this goal is every time an author has a new release come out I try to read one of their older books off my shelves first. So, before I read ‘I Must Betray You’ I decided to give ‘The Fountains of Silence’ a try . . .


“It’s easy to be fearless when you have nothing to lose”


While my initial thoughts was this book is a tad longer than it needed to be (472 pages) it was an excellent glimpse of the country Spain and what it was like to live under the oppressive dictatorship of General Francisco Franco. It also shined a light to a big scandal that took place. I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil it.


“Bravery and stupidity are sometimes interchangeable.”


Daniel is the son of an oil tycoon and arrives to Madrid from Texas, as Madrid is his Mother’s birth country. They are there for business, but eighteen year old Daniel is hoping to explore the country through the lens of his camera. The author does a lot of story telling though Daniel’s camera, which was wonderful. Daniel’s time in Madrid begins to weave with Ana one of the hotel maids. Ana’s family lives a different life, one that is still firmly under the grasp of the Spanish Civil War. Two different people, yet they somehow understand things and each other.


Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Only because it was a little long and at times the book was on my nightstand and I found myself not wanting to pick it up. When I was reading I was fully immersed in the story and appreciated all that the author was teaching me. Yes, me an adult learning from YA! Ruta Sepetys has the best author notes and pictures included in her books. That has to be noted.




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