On her death bed, Maria Francisca, a member of a noble family in Toledo, desperately cries out for her children. The tension is acute: no-one there knew that the young woman had offspring. Her mother dismisses the idea but her aunts nevertheless wonder whether there might be some truth in the girl’s claims.
This is the gripping beginning to the story of the Camp de la Cruz women; Mariana, Munda and Alejandra, heirs to a Spanish landowner, and their irreconcilably different approaches to the search for happiness. Feminine sisterhood, the struggle for equality and the clash between tradition and modernity at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries are just some of the themes which populate a tale that will captivate and move readers the world over.
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