Gently but masterfully you find yourself being taken by the hand into a world of rural Spain in the early years of the 20th century.
The main character Conxa is being sent from her village to the home of her aunt and uncle in an attempt to provide her with a better chance in life and for the teenager it is the furthest she has ever been from home. Once she has left she knows that she will never go back.
As the pages turn the years go by and the teenager becomes an essential part of the household and falls in love with the son of the blacksmith. Some disapprove of the match, particularly after Conxa turns down the hand of the son of one of the richest landowners, but her heart is set and she manages to get her wish.
Beautifully written with little phrases that you will not easily forget very much looking forward to the second half. A review will come next week...