When Rose, a young English nurse with humanitarian ideals, decides to volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, she is little prepared for the experiences that await her.
Working on one front after another, witness to all the horrors of war, she falls in love with a Republican fighter, Miguel. In 1939 as defeat becomes inevitable, Rose is faced with a decision that will change her life and leave her with lasting scars.
Interspersed with Rose’s story is that of Consuelo, a girl growing up in a staunchly Catholic family on the other side of the ideological divide. Never quite belonging, treated unkindly, she discovers at a young age that she was adopted but her attempts to learn more about her origins are largely thwarted.
It falls to the third generation, to Consuelo’s daughter Marisol, born in the year of Franco’s death and growing up in a rapidly changing Spain, to investigate the dark secrets of her family and find the answers that have until now eluded her mother.
Review The Red Gene by Fany Van Hemelen:
What a touching novel, woven around historical facts, in Spain!
Rose, an idealistic nurse is going to help taking care of the patients in the Spanish Civil War. Once she is experiencing the horror of war, it is very hard, but she always thinks every person needs help and she is persuaded in her dream to make the world better. One day she fell in love with Miguel and that’s complicating things. Will she make the right decision and how will their life be moving on from that time?
Another young girl Consuelo is, at the other side of war, finding out she is adopted, but it it is not easy for her to reveal the truth. Marisol, the daughter of Consuelo will going to search later what secrets are hidden by her family.
Red Gene is a story set in more than eighty years trough wars and different point of views in Spain. Rose and Consuelo both have dreams, but the future is going to be different than expected. At the time of fascism life in Spain was hard and both women had to conquer many problems and make terrible decisions. At what side you’re on, it always is complicated to live in a country that is shredded by war. This story is thoughtful and moving.
This is a great historical fiction book with fantastic key players and an emotional family history told between decades. Red Gene is a journey through the decades of two families, their tragic experiences at another side of war.
If you love a well-written historical novel with well drawn characters, Red Gene is an excellent choice!
Barbara Lamplugh was born and grew up in London. An experienced traveller, she described her journeys in ‘Kathmandu by Truck’ and ‘Trans-Siberia by Rail’ published by Roger Lascelles. In 1999, spurred by the challenge of living in a different culture, she headed for Granada in Spain, where she still lives, inspired by views of hills and the Alhambra from her sunny terrace. A regular features writer for the magazine ‘Living Spain’, she has also written for ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Times’ and published her first novel Secrets of the Pomegranate in 2015.
Titel: The Red Gene | Auteur: Barbara Lamplugh | Uitgeverij: Urbane Publications | Categorie: Historische romans | Uitvoering: paperback | 360 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781912666423 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: april 2019 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 24-04-2019 | Prijs: €14,49 | Bestellen