Shelfari edited the settings of The House on the Beach Saturday, May 5, 2012.
Shelfari edited the subjects of The House on the Beach Thursday, November 24, 2011.
Shelfari edited the description of The House on the Beach Thursday, November 24, 2011.
The book is set in the years after the Civil War, in a Spain ruled by the military dictator Francisco Franco, a time when women were expected to lead prescribed lives, dominated by first their fathers and then their husbands. This is the story of two women who meet as children and form a close friendship. What makes their friendship unusual is that they are from very different social backgrounds. Rocio lives in a small village in the countryside and her family makes its livelihood from the land; Inma is the daughter of a rich businessman, who lives and works in Madrid. We follow the lives of these two girls from childhood to maturity, as they share happiness, fears, disappointments, broken hearts and betrayals. Rocio, shy and trusting and Inma, confident and manipulative. When Rocio is seduced by a handsome Scotsman and her life is changed forever, it is Inma she turns to, to save her from disgrace. When Inma goes to university and becomes involved in student demonstrations and political subterfuge, she confides in Rocio. But when Inma asks her friend to adopt her newborn baby, she puts their friendship at risk. The affect of Inma´s actions on Rocio and her husband is devastating. This is a saga of two women trying to take control of their lives despite an authoritarian State, an ever watchful Catholic church and the expectations of society.
Shelfari edited the contributors of The House on the Beach Thursday, November 24, 2011.