The Poet’s Wife by Rebecca Stonehill book review

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An unforgettable journey into the heart of one family torn apart by war.
Granada, 1920. Free-spirited Luisa and young poet Eduardo fall in love, cementing a bond that can never be broken.
Behind the jasmine filled courtyard, perched amongst houses like clouds on a hilltop, stands a beautiful villa; Carmen de las Estrellas. Beneath its walls live Eduardo and Luisa with their thriving family, but war is looming, casting its shadow over the household.
When Civil War finally breaks out, Luisa and Eduardo must fiercely protect those dear to them. Yet these are turbulent times, and as each of their children begin to make their way in the world, the solace of home cannot shield them from the horrors of war.
The Poet’s Wife is an extraordinary piece of storytelling spanning over fifty years – a heart-wrenching novel of a family devastated by war but bound together by love, loss and hope, told through the eyes of three remarkable women.


The Poet’s Wife is the debut novel by Rebecca Stonehill.  Rebecca Stonehill was a London girl but is now residing in Nairobi where she is a creative writing teacher.  Rebecca spent 18 months living in Granada and fell in love with the area and was inspired to write The Poet’s Wife.

I’d like to thank the publishers and netgalley for an arc of this novel in return for an honest review.

This was a very moving portrayal of a family’s struggles and survival during the Spanish revolution.  The story was told from the eyes of the female members of the family panning three generations.  The tragedies they felt and saw.  The hardship of surviving with little or no food.  The fear of leaving their own home.  The casualties of the civil war.  Amongst all these terrible days, months and years love had intertwined into their lives and it was a wonderful blessing.  From the author’s words I felt the heartbreak of these atrocities, the fear surrounding them but I also felt the warmth from the love that had blossomed.  A very well written historical family saga I can highly recommend.

A beautiful but tragic moving story, 4.5*/5 read.

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2 thoughts on “The Poet’s Wife by Rebecca Stonehill book review

  1. Interesting! I have been trying to make my way through this book, but have been having a hard time getting in to it, mostly because I feel like time in the book is distorted. One sentence she’s pregnant, the next the kid is practically an adult! I guess I will keep plugging away at it! 😄


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