Monday Give Away: THE SISTERS OF ALAMEDA STREET
Happy first of May!
One of the aspects of historical fiction I love best is getting to experience a place and culture I might never have encountered. In the case of The Sisters of Alameda Street, Ecuador in the 1960s.
Here’s the official blurb:
A generational saga that mixes historical fiction with the romance and intrigue of a Latin soap opera.
When Malena Sevilla’s tidy, carefully planned world collapses following her father’s mysterious suicide, she finds a letter—signed with an “A”—which reveals that her mother is very much alive and living in San Isidro, a quaint town tucked in the Andes Mountains. Intent on meeting her, Malena arrives at Alameda Street and meets four sisters who couldn’t be more different from one another, but who share one thing in common: all of their names begin with an A.
To avoid a scandal, Malena assumes another woman’s identity and enters their home to discover the truth. Could her mother be Amanda, the iconoclastic widow who opens the first tango nightclub in a conservative town? Ana, the ideal housewife with a less-than-ideal past? Abigail, the sickly sister in love with a forbidden man? Or Alejandra, the artistic introvert scarred by her cousin’s murder? But living a lie will bring Malena additional problems, such as falling for the wrong man and loving a family she may lose when they learn of her deceit. Worse, her arrival threatens to expose long-buried secrets and a truth that may wreck her life forever.
Set in 1960s Ecuador, The Sisters of Alameda Street is a sweeping story of how one woman’s search for the truth of her identity forces a family to confront their own past.
For a chance to win my advance copy of The Sisters of Alameda Street, here’s your question: what less traveled time/place would you like to visit via a book?
The winner will be announced on Wednesday.
Paris, right before the Lost Generation was there, to see the changes when they arrive.
As a biracial woman, I’ve always been interested in seeing one of my favorite time periods, the Twenties, from the perspective of a woman of color. We know a lot about what that time period was like for white women who were just beginning to get their freedom, but what about the experiences of the women whose freedom was not to be had for many more decades?
After that description? 1960s Ecuador. This sounds like an interesting story!
Scotland in the 1800’s
The victoruan’s era with all the alchemists in england in the 15th century
England during the time of Boudica. She’s always fascinated me.
I’d like to travel through some of the smaller European towns/cities. I’ve been fortunate enough to stay with a family in So. Italy and it was the best experience. I enjoy seeing how people live, as much or more than the tourist experience.
Loire Valley – France
One of my favorite places is England 1800 and Scotland also the same time. In this case, I am really excited about Ecuador 1960. It sounds a great story!
My grandmother was born in Kenya in 1909 to missionaries. I would love to read a book based there during that time.
I would like to visit Hawaii in the 1800s
I would love to visit Scotland pre Culloden .
Hawaii before the colonization by America for sure!
the Orkneys during the Viking era
Detroit 1890’s During the manufacturing boom and marriages between daughters and English gentry
Israel during the third crusade. There was so much turmoil, fighting and international drama during this time! It would make a fascinating story.
South America in any time period, but pre-conquest would be fascinating!
I would have loved to time travel to England!
I would love to read about Africa before the Europeans arrival.
Pre-20th century Germany, before it was modern Germany. My ancestors are from there, but I have always wondered how the lived.
There is a series by Oliver Pötzsch, first one The Hangman’s Daughter, set in Germany in the 1660’s that is really well done.
Scotland or Ireland during the early 1900s
India at the time of partition
Small English village in late 1800’s
Ooh, that sounds like a great read! I would be interested in reading more on the post-Revolution time period in America and the War of 1812. That era definitely hasn’t been covered as much, but is a fascinating time in a new country.
Edwardian time period z
Currently I can’t get enough of the 1920s. I never would have thought of 1960s Ecuador but now I’m intrigued!
My grandfather died before I was born but he grew up in northern Italy in the mid-1800s. It would be interesting to learn of the era in which he lived.
Prague in the 1920s
I would like to see America in the Wild West era
Early Canadian settlers
I’d like to travel to Prince Edward Island in the early 1900s.
My city has a ton of signs up about historical sites and famous people that streets and areas are named after, mostly from the Revolutionary period. The county has a lot of Civil War sites. I’d love to read something about this specific area during those periods.
I’d like to travel to the forests of Michigan when the voyageurs canoed the w waterways.
Poland, after it gained independence from Russia
London pre-WW2. To be able to see all the historical places that were destroyed by the bombings. Walk Trafalgar and along the Thames. Sigh
I’d have to say I’d like to read more about Europe during the late 1700s early 1800s.
I hope this doesn’t post more than once… I’m having trouble tonight.
Africa and India during the colonies. Or Bhutan, anytime.
California in the late 1800’s.
Ireland and the Vikings
I love to travel one of my favorite places is Mykonos. Why not a mystery on the Greek Islands.
I always thought colonial Australia (or, more remote still, New Zealand) would be a cool place to visit. In a book, that is. I’m too attached to modern plumbing to really actually want to go anywhere pre-toilet invention 🙂
Pretty much any time period in Russia
I would like to visit Victorian England.
I think historical Virginia City could be interesting.