Good morning my loves!
Welcome to my first post back on the newly relaunched Tomes with Tea, and oh boy, is it an exciting one! Today I get to share with you my review for the brilliant The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Septeys as part of the blog tour. Once you’ve finished reading this, I’d love for you to check out all of the other brilliant bloggers on the tour. You can find they’re Twitter handles below and there you’ll find links to their posts.
Title: The Fountains of Silence
Author: Ruta Septeys
Publication date: 18th March 2021
Genre: Historical fiction
My rating: ★★★★☆
Daniel, young, wealthy and unsure of his place in the world, views the city through the lens of his camera.
Ana, a hotel maid whose family is suffering under the fascist dictatorship of General Franco.
Lives and hearts collide as they unite to uncover the hidden darkness within the city.
A darkness that could engulf them all . . .
Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history’s darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love and the hidden violence of silence.
Having read and adored Salt to the Sea by Ruta several years ago, when the email arrived in my inbox from Nina about this tour, I knew I wanted a spot. Admittedly, when I started the book, I had felt a little worried that The Fountains of Silence wouldn’t live up to my expectations, after loving Salt to the Sea so much. I needn’t have worried – not in the slightest.
Knowing very little about Franco’s regime, I found myself equal parts enthralled and horrified by what I was reading, knowing that while this is a work of fiction, so much of what is written would have been true for those who lived through this dictatorship. This is reinforced with the inclusion of media reports and documents. While the story is a heartbreaking one, it is also filled with hope. Immense amounts of hope.
There are certain aspects that can be hit or miss, such as having multiple narrators, but Ruta has done it so well in The Fountains of Silence. Each narrative voice is distinctive and necessary. Each one brings so much depth to the story. Though the primary characters we follow are Daniel and Ana, who both come from different backgrounds, cultures and social standing, who come together on their journey.
I loved that it is set in both Spain and America – the language is such that the imagery is so powerful that one is easily transported to the time and location, and the story is rich with historical information but does not drown the reader in it. It in no ways comes across like a dense textbook.
There is so much more I could say about this book, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. I have linked it down below however so that you can get your hands on a copy for yourself.
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