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The Spanish House

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Not a bad book . Easy reading where you do not have to think about the plot too much. The descriptions of the countryside were mostly good  giving a good impression of the village and area  but  the characters could do with more depth. Lots of misunderstandings  and people jumping to conclusions too quickly which make this book seem too naive. The prologue was totally unrelated to the rest of the book .
Thank you to Net Galley for the  ARC in exchange for an honest review .
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Actual rating 2.5⭐️

Half Spanish half British Juliana (Hooli) is living in London and working as a tv and film extra when a welcome opportunity to explore her Spanish heritage comes knocking at the door, in the form of her Uncle Arturo’s unusual invitation. He’s inviting Hooli to live in his holiday house in San Rafael in the Almeria region of the country for ninety days during which time if she successfully completes various conditions attached to his generous offer the house will be hers! Having never set foot on Spanish soil since her mother passed away when Hooli was a child this sounds like an ideal way in which to reconnect with her Spanish roots and discover more about the mother she never properly had the chance to know. However, her arrival in San Rafael may just rattle a few skeletons in the family closet, exposing long buried secrets that will almost certainly shock and surprise this young woman. Sound intriguing? Then read on! 

It was on a very rainy typical British August summer weekend that I began reading The Spanish House. From the lovely cover alone I was expecting to be transported away from the miserable downpours to a sunnier, warmer climate, the author guiding me through a virtual tour of the area taking in the breathtaking scenery, allowing me to imagine my feet sinking into the sand on any one of the beautiful beaches, and my taste buds to tingle over descriptions of the local cuisine. I wanted my journey to this Spanish house and the surrounding area to be an all round immersive sensory experience evoking memories of a time when travelling abroad was “normal”, the greatest worry being what to pack in your suitcase. Having only visited the white village of Frigiliana, an idyllic spot for a vacation I was keen to “sample” more of what Spain has to offer. Did Cherry Radford fulfill my wishes? Not quite! 

The prologue is strange, meaning my first impression of this novel wasn’t great but I certainly wasn’t going to give up at the first hurdle! I was willing to forgive the fact that some of the conditions attached to Uncle Arturo’s proposition are hardly noteworthy. Buying a few soft furnishings and eating a certain type of tomato (unless you’re allergic) isn’t exactly a hardship nor difficult to achieve! Nor is contemplating eating a fresh sardine (much later on) either! Other conditions are less ridiculous and play an important part in the developing plot, however the stipulations Hooli is obliged to adhere to are just the beginnings of a plot that jumps all over the place. This in itself wouldn’t be too much of a problem if the protagonist and the supporting cast of characters were charming enough to win me over to their side and encourage me to suspend disbelief in light of the more unrealistic scenarios. Personally, good characterisation is vital for me to fully engage with a storyline, particularly in this genre of fiction where the plots are normally fairly predictable. Characters you can resonate with, sympathise with, like or best of all  take to your heart can make all the difference between earning a mediocre rating or a fabulous one. I can’t pinpoint why I failed to connect with Juliana or the rest of this hotchpotch bunch which comprise, amongst others, a trespassing goat, neighbours who are wary of the new girl in town, an ex flame and a worthy candidate in the romantic stakes, someone who can capture Hooli’s heart. Kindly Uncle Arturo was my favourite but whereas I might ordinarily class these characters as endearingly quirky I decided they were simply odd. I think the main reason I couldn’t form a connection with them has something to do with the dialogue which is at times terrible!! It doesn’t flow well at all. This in my opinion is the novel’s greatest downfall. 

Acting is a big theme in this novel so if you like musicals and/or anything of a theatrical nature this novel may appeal. Like I say the plot line is predictable as Hooli begins to fully embrace the Spanish way of life whilst coming to terms with a huge revelation concerning her mother. You can expect the usual highs and lows that come with any journey of personal growth and enlightenment with the added bonus of romance on the horizon. This particular aspect would have benefited from an extra injection of     fiery passion to set hearts a flutter and temperatures soaring. Instead it’s just nice, cute and like everything else about this novel a bit strange!! Unfortunately strange is a word that predominantly sprang to mind throughout reading of Juliana and her newly discovered past.

This quirky storyline together with characters whom I didn’t dislike but never really warmed to combine to produce what I can only describe as an overall disappointing read which is a shame because I think the premise has bags of potential. There is a sweet, heartwarming tale languishing somewhere beneath all the clunky, unconvincing dialogue so others may have better luck sifting out the more positive aspects of this storyline from the not so good ones than I did. Frankly, I found it a struggle to get through and I limped my way to the end. Sadly in this occasion, despite my best efforts to enjoy Juliana’s journey as she endeavours to find a place she can truly call home, it’s a massive thumbs down from me. 

My thanks as always to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Half Spanish and half English, Julianna is invited by her uncle Arturo to spend the summer in his house. Over time it becomes clear that not only are there some conditions attached, but fulfilling them will take her on a journey of discovery. Over the course of the book we see Julianna discover who she really is - and who she wants to be. 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this lovely book.
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I loved The Spanish House by Cherry Radford for its captivating characters and the vivid descriptions of this beautiful part of Spain. The plot involves an uplifting romance with a little pulling at the heart strings thrown in. Juliana is an immensely likable character, and the story develops beautifully around the conditions her uncle Arturo puts on her before he will give her his house in Spain. The About the Author section notes that this is the first of three stories by the author set in this part of Spain. I will definitely be reading the next two!  Thanks to Aria and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest feedback.
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Thank you to Netgalley for an eARC of The Spanish House by Cherry Radford. This is the story of Juliana, a half Spanish, half English 30 something lady who is struggling in London and wants more from life. She is not particularly happy with her job; she does not feel like she really fits with her dad’s new family and does not like living in her shared flat. Luckily for her, the perfect opportunity arrives from her uncle in Spain, Arturo. Arturo is a quirky, eccentric, and likable character who proposes that Juliana moves to Spain for 90 days and completes a series of tasks in order to inherit his beautiful house. The tasks are not haphazard, and they are designed to help Juliana discover the truth about her mother and find her true roots. 
I have loved the descriptions in this book and at times I felt transported to Spain. I also liked the plot and Julia’s journey of discovery and acceptance.
What I did not like too much was the love story between Hoolia and Josemi - her neighbour, the artist. Their love story didn’t feel to me like it evolved well, it just seems to happen. I would have loved more angst and building to the big kiss. It felt a little forced. I did like Josemi and the way he supported Juliana in her journey. 
Overall a very enjoyable book. Perfect read for summer.
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Thank you to NetGalley and The Aria Team for an ARC of The Spanish House by Cherry Radford.  Julia is living in London when her uncle proposes that she live in his summer house in Spain for 90 days in exchange for ten items on a list which includes painting rooms to visiting nearby beaches.  Her Uncle Arturo would like her to learn more about her mother who was Spanish and her inheritance.  At the end of the 90 days, the summer house may be hers if she completes the items on her list.  Julia has not seen her mother since she was seven and always wondered what had happened.  Once Julia arrives at the summer house, she meets the handsome next door neighbor but the fact that she is not fluent in Spanish hinders their communication somewhat.  Julia plays her flute in the community theater, not wishing to act or sing. She grows to love Spain and learns more about her mom and her life in Spain.  Julia had an eleven year relationship with a handsome actor that suddenly wants to move to Spain just as Julia is confident on her own to not be trapped in a dead end relationship with him.  The ninety days seem to go by quickly as Julia decides to either return to London or find a way to stay in Spain. 
 The descriptions of Spain including the houses, the beaches, and the food make one feel like they are on holiday in Spain.  This is a wonderful story with many surprises and twists and colorful characters that come alive.  I really enjoyed The Spanish House and look forward to reading more books by Cherry Radford.  I also enjoyed the spotify playlist that Cherry Radford put together with songs referenced in the book.
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3.5 stars. This is my first book by Cherry Radford and I'm glad this book jumped out at me and I read it. The descriptions of the places and people were really fantastic and stood out the most to me. I really felt like I was in Spain on the journey with Juliana, the main character. The main plot of Juliana having to meet certain requirements in order to inherit the house from her Uncle (nothing crazy) was really interesting and I liked the curves of learning about Juliana's own history. What I didn't LOVE was how the story between Josemi and Juliana progressed - I really wanted more there. I felt like I was being bounced around a little with their plot and where they were at (maybe because it felt like things were not being well explained?). However, their love story still added to the overall story.

The book somewhat reminded me of Under a Tuscan Sun - moving to a new country, learning a new culture, fixing up a house and falling in love - so if you're in the mood to visit Spain and learn about a new place, this is a great book to pick up. It was a fairly quick and easy read as well.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to give an honest review of this book!
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This is a wonderful book about life, secrets, family and change.  The story of one women trying to piece together things from the past that will help her to find her true self.  

Julianna visits Spain to see her uncle and help him tidy up a house he owns in the hope that she completes her list of tasks and then inherits the house in her mothers home town.  In the process she learns more about her mother and the people of this beautiful little town and most importantly more about herself.

What evolves is a complete change in what she thought about her mother and how she fits into the Spanish way of living.  There is love, secrets, family (old and new) and a bit of fun and laughter as well.  

This is a well written book that flows well and has characters you can believe.  The description of the places and the scenery is wonderful and it is a story that is believable and easy to read.
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Juliana is not happy with her life working as a film extra and living in a poky bedsit in London so when her Spanish uncle offers her a house in Andalusia which she can keep if she fulfils certain conditions within 90 days she jumps at the chance.... maybe she will even find out more about the mystery of her mother who left her when she was seven. 

A great story with some lovely characters and plenty of action and family secrets to keep you turning the pages.  I loved the descriptions of the countryside and of course the goat kept stealing the show!
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Strangely addicting! Very strong chick lit vibes and it had the best descriptions. Loved the setting
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I enjoyed this story very much.  Juliana is not enjoying her life in London in a bed-sit with a shared bathroom.  Getting assaulted by a drunk yob while travelling on the underground is pretty much the last straw.  When her uncle Arturo offers to give her a house in San Rafael, Andalusia, if she can complete a list of ten conditions in ninety days; she jumps at the opportunity. He wants her to understand her Spanish heritage.  It had been his holiday home but he no longer stays there.  Juliana’s mother had been Spanish, but she was very young when her mother vanished without explanation, and she had always felt as though there was something missing from her life. Because of that she didn’t really have a ‘proper’ job, she had been a film and TV extra since she was a young child, and she wrote a blog in her spare time which did not yet have enough followers to be profitable.  

She sets off for her new life. One of the conditions is to get on with her new neighbours, so it looks as though she will fail before she starts, as they don’t look at all happy to see her!  Juliana soon settles in to her prospective new home and gets started on the decorating and repair jobs on the list of conditions. She begins making friends, and meets her uncle quite regularly to give him updates on her progress. She relaxes into her new life in the sun, and really hopes she will complete the conditions and keep her new home.

Of course there are a lot of twists and turns along the way, some are frustrating, some are very amusing, a few are very sad, and Juliana learns all about her background as the story progresses, with several major surprises.  Along the way she becomes involved with her next door neighbour Josemi, but that too is a bit of a rollercoaster.

There is a very happy ending, with all the issues sorted out for everybody.  It is a lovely story in a delightful setting.  A really feel-good story that is well worth reading
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This is the perfect escape for when we can't escape our four walls. I totally fell in love with the characters and the setting, beautiful Spain. I enjoyed the storyline with her having 90 days to fix the property up and the journey she went on. I loved it.
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An enjoyable read with an evocative setting. Juliana is set to inherit her uncle’s rural house if she follows his conditions within 90 days. These include redecorating and getting along with her neighbours (which include a HUNK (of course), a grumpy cow and a mischievous goat. 

The setting is evocative and made me long to be in a sunny European country!!! 
Vivid descriptions meant that I loved reading about the local area while our heroine gets to grips with her family history and difficult childhood.

4* an enjoyable read
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I was invited to read this book by the Publisher Aria. I had not previously read any books by Cherry Radford before, so I was interested in reading this book.
I loved the description of Andalucia in Spain. I like reading about more residential places rather than just familiar tourist destinations. I like reading about different destinations. The writing was very descriptive and it was a lovely escapism. It is a lovely book.
I liked the character of Juliana and I loved hearing about the various tasks that she had to complete in order to keep the house. It was interesting to learn about the family secrets that were uncovered.
I enjoyed reading this book, and I will definitely look out for more books by this Author. Thank you to Netgalley and Aria for my review copy.
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Had all the notes I look for in a summer read—smart dialogue, page turning romance, and a setting I want to escape to. Well done. This is your next beach read!
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I received this book via NetGalley and give it my honest opinion. 

A great read, perfect for summer! I loved the storyline and the characters. The scene descriptions were amazing and it was a great escape from the typical English weather we are having right now! 
I was engaged with the story from the start and loved the twists too, a book that will make you want to take a trip to the gorgeous Almeria.
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I loved this book a delightful read with wonderful characters.Perfect entertaining to take me out of my world into the inherited home of the lead character.Fun sweet an author whose books I will continue to read and recommend.#netgalley #thesapanishhouse
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This was pure sweet escapism and I loved it! I felt like I was there enjoying Spain. I loved the to do list her uncle set for her. This book was so delightful and fun. A summer holiday read for sure.
I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. This was a treat to read.
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Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy. 

Growing up in an acting family, in London, at the age of 7 Juliana’s mother moved back to Spain. After which, she never saw her mother again and after two years, she was informed that her mother had died. 

Now, after so many years, her uncle, has asked Juliana has asked if she’d help with the house in the country. If after 90 days, she completes his conditions, of which there is a list, the house will be left to her. So, naturally Juliana accepts. Trying to go through and complete the list of conditions as best she can. The list includes, redecorating, joining local groups and making friends.  

But, it’s as she’s completing these conditions, she comes to understand that what she was told when she was young wasn’t the whole truth. It seems, her uncle was finding a way to make her come to terms with the events that happened then, as well as who she really was. 

The setting was beautiful for this story, and I enjoyed the way what happened made Juliana realise  her heritage, and how she found peace in the present and future.
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This was a great feel good book with a story of fresh starts in Spain. Easy beach read that will stay with you long after your holiday!
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