The Time in Between

The Time in Between

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Baker & Taylor
An English-language release of an internationally best-selling novel finds poor seamstress Sira Quiroga forging a new identity during the Spanish Civil War and rising to the most sought-after couture designer in North Africa, where she is enlisted to pass coded information to the British Secret Service. A first novel. Reprint.

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Poor seamstress Sira Quiroga forges a new identity during the Spanish Civil War and becomes the most sought-after couture designer in North Africa, where she is enlisted to pass coded information to the British Secret Service.

Simon and Schuster
The inspiring international bestseller of a seemingly ordinary woman who uses her talent and courage to transform herself first into a prestigious couturier and then into an undercover agent for the Allies during World War II.

Between Youth and Adulthood…

At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress. At fourteen, she quietly begins her own apprenticeship. By her early twenties she has learned the ropes of the business and is engaged to a modest government clerk. But everything changes when two charismatic men burst unexpectedly into her neatly mapped-out life: an attractive salesman and the father she never knew.

Between War and Peace…

With the Spanish Civil War brewing in Madrid, Sira leaves her mother and her fiancé, impetuously following her handsome lover to Morocco. However, she soon finds herself abandoned, penniless, and heartbroken in an exotic land. Among the odd collection of European expatriates trapped there by the worsening political situation back on the Continent, Sira reinvents herself by turning to the one skill that can save her: her gift for creating beautiful clothes.

Between Love and Duty…

As England, Germany, and the other great powers launch into the dire conflict of World War II, Sira is persuaded to return to Madrid, where she takes on a new identity to embark upon the most dangerous undertaking of her career. As the preeminent couturier for an eager clientele of Nazi officers’ wives, Sira becomes embroiled in the half-lit world of espionage and political conspiracy rife with love, intrigue, and betrayal.

An outstanding success around the world, The Time in Between has sold more than two million copies and inspired the Spanish television series based on the book, dubbed by the media as the “Spanish Downton Abbey.” In the US it was a critical and commercial hit, and a New York Times bestseller in paperback. It is one of those rare, richly textured novels that enthrall down to the last page. María Dueñas reminds us how it feels to be swept away by a masterful storyteller.

Publisher: New York : Atria, 2011
ISBN: 9781451616897
Branch Call Number: Fiction Duenas
Characteristics: 615 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hahn, Daniel


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Sep 14, 2017

Excellent read. Couldn't put it down.

Mar 14, 2017

Young women becomes an expert seamstress under her mother's tutelage. Setting is in Madrid, Spain at the time of the Spanish civil war. She is engaged to a childhood sweetheart, clerk. She meets an older man and runs away with him to Morocco. Her older lover steals her inheritance from her father *( she was an illegitimate child) . Her older lover leaves her and she eventually sets up a seamstress business in Morocco. She does this in order to make a living and also to pay off her older lover's debts.
She is successful as a designer and makes high power friends in Morocco. Her success is assisted by her becoming friends with an influential english women who is a regular patron of hers.
She is approached by the British Secret Service to become a spy when WW2 breaks out. She spies on Germans and corrupt business men in Morocco. She becomes a valued member of the espionage world.
She falls in love again with a british spy (unknown to her at the time). She eventually confesses to her new love that she is a spy, he also confesses his role. Historical account of the war is interesting. a good read.

Jan 22, 2015

I loved this book as did our book club. It had many twists and turns as well as little known historical events.

Aug 24, 2013

Overly wordy and too drawn out to keep my interest.

Aug 08, 2013

This book is much too long - 600+ pages. The first 2/3 is slow moving with a silly heroine. The last 1/3 is excellent, but not enough to redeem the book.

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 03, 2013

A lush, romantic novel about a young Spanish seamstress who finds herself caught up in the world of espionage on the eve of World War II. A traditional story full of historical details with evocative portraits of Morocco and Spain in the 1930s as seen through the eyes of a fascinating heroine. This debut novel was a huge hit in Europe.

ontherideau Mar 17, 2012

An excellent story of espionage by a woman, about a woman and for women.


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