DOMINGO’S ANGEL – Jenny Twist
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About Domingo's Angel
When Angela turns up in a remote Spanish mountain village, she is so tall and so thin and so pale that everyone thinks she is a ghost or a fairy or the dreadful mantequero that comes in
the night and sucks the fat from your bones.
But Domingo knows better. “Soy Angela,” she said to him when they met – “I am an angel.” Only later did he realise that she was telling him her name
and by then it was too late and everyone knew her as Domingo’s Angel.
This is the story of their love affair. But it is also the story of the people of the tiny mountain village – the indomitable Rosalba - shopkeeper, doctor,
midwife and wise woman, who makes it her business to know everything that goes on in the village; Guillermo, the mayor, whose delusions of grandeur are rooted in his impoverished childhood; and Salva the Baker, who risked his life and liberty to give bread
to the starving children.
The events in this story are based on the real experiences of the people of the White Villages in Southern Spain and their struggle to keep their communities alive through the years of war and the oppression of
This book will enchant you from the start, just as Domingo finds himself enchanted by the red-haired stranger who arrives in his Spanish village and
is reported to bark like a dog. The stranger is Angela, an English woman with a guilty secret of her own and who soon makes her mark in the village. This book has all the elements that I personally enjoy, a foreign location, historical backdrop and memorable
characters. I particularly enjoyed the way the characters developed in the story and the themes of guilt and forgiveness. Set against the background of the Spanish civil war, Jenny Twist is adept at allowing the story to unfold at its own pace so bit by bit
we find out about the way the war affected the main characters.
The whole tale is pulled together by the matriarchal Rosalba with flashbacks to explain each character’s story.
The evocation of Spain in the early
fifties and the backdrop of the war in the thirties are extremely well portrayed and easy to imagine. This book will tug your heartstrings as you find out what happened when neighbour was set against neighbour in an effort to survive. The story does end on
a positive note and like all truly great reads, I was sad when I came to the end.
Those who like a good story with a Spanish historical background
5/5 I thoroughly enjoyed this story