What I’m Reading: The Fountains of Silence

Some of the audio books that I listen to come from an online library.  I’ve been getting books from them for years now.  I know every year just before Christmas they put out more new books than usual so I stalked them around Christmas time and found a couple I thought might be good.  The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys was one of them.


I had read other books by this author.  Between Shades of Gray was a favorite of mine that I HIGHLY recommend.  I also read Salt to the Sea which was good.  This book is set in a time period and place I know little to nothing about, Spain in the late 50’s.  This is one of the reasons I love historical fiction, I can learn from it….and I learned a lot..mostly to appreciate the time and place of my birth.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography–and fate–introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War–as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of difficult decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

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, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence–inspired by the true postwar struggles of Spain“.

Amazon readers give the book 4.5 stars.  I think I’ll have to agree.

If you are interested, you can find the book HERE on Amazon.

If you are interested in giving Audible a try, you can find it HERE.

One thought on “What I’m Reading: The Fountains of Silence

  1. Susan Riley

    I just took this back to the library! I really loved it & now want to read more of her novels. Susan

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