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Summary

The Spanish Promise is a sizzling summer novel from Sunday Times best-selling author Karen Swan, set in the vibrant streets of Madrid, for fans of Victoria Hislop and Santa Montefiore. 

One of Spain’s richest men is dying. But as he prepares his estate, his family is shocked to discover he is making plans to give away his wealth to a young woman they have never even heard of. Who is she and what hold does she have over him? 

Charlotte Fairfax is asked to travel to the troubled family’s home in Spain to get to the bottom of the mysterious bequest. It’s the week before her wedding but she is confident she has time - there’s only one reason an older man leaves his money to a beautiful woman, isn’t there? 

But in Madrid, things don’t go to plan when the woman denies knowing anything about the gift. Is she lying? Looking for clues, Charlotte digs into the prominent family’s history and unearths a dark and shocking past in which two people were torn apart by conflict. But now, their long-buried secrets are starting to reach into the present and Charlotte starts to wonder whether love does not need to forgive or forget in order to endure - but just needs two hearts to keep beating.

©2019 Karen Swan (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Too much of the 'F' word

Although I couldn't finish this due to the amount of swearing, I thought that what I did listen to was a really good story. As it was different and interesting i would have liked to finish it, so it's a shame about the abundant use of the 'F' word.

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Another brilliant story

Karen Swan does it again with her complex but likeable female protagonists. The story would be fascinating even without the modern day 'end game' romance. The historical element is powerful and details the Spanish Civil War well but does not distract from the characters personal journeys. I love each one of Swans heroines and that they have interesting jobs. I am always so sad to come to the end of Karen Swans boom as I just want to dive into the story and stay there. This one was also heart breakingly beautiful in so many ways.

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Excellent story

So much to this story. It had everything. I really enjoyed it and will be looking to hear more of Karen Swan’s books. The narration was also excellent.

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Not a favourite.

Flawed characterisation and a mundane reader. The reader, although not bad, doesn't add anything to the story.

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Gripping

Loved it
Well written and read. An insight into the horrors of the Spanish civil war

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F word

The story might have proved enjoyable but for the swearing. Why do authors think swear words enhance the storyline? For me it ruins it and I couldn’t finish it.
Tried to return it but was told not eligible for return. WHY NOT?

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It was ok

It was narrated well and had some interesting historical detail however I failed to care really about any of the characters. I did listen to it all but was not sad it was over which usually is the mark of a good book to me.

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Perfect read before my Spanish holiday

It is not just a love story book but a lot more in depth than what I expected... the stories contains surprises and well narrated from different characters’ angle
Really worth a read, and you will only find the truth until the end...

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great

loved this book could stop once I put it on lol will yell all my friends about it

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gripping

I really liked it and really good performance too. It's my first book by Karen Swan, but won't be my last