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The Spanish House

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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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I thoroughly enjoyed this book set in Almeria.  I loved the twists and turns and how the story unfolded.  It was hard to put down and was a really great read.
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☀So much going on, maybe a bit too much🤔

Radford's story of Juliana's immersion in her mother's Spanish homeland and culture was brimming with colorful descriptions of culinary specialties and landscape, and included a large collection of characters.  Perhaps too much travelogue and too many side relationships because I felt the romance got short shrift and was not all that compelling.  

If you love musical and amateur theatrics, this story has plenty of those components.  Unfortunately the theatrics did not interest me.

For me, Juliana's relationship with her Uncle Arturo and her efforts to uncover the secrets of her mother's past were the best elements of the book.  Juliana has alot of issues to process but, with so much going on while she works to win her Spanish House in San Rafael, I just felt the plot went off in too many directions.

Thanks to Aria and NetGalley for sharing a complimentary advance copy of the book;  this is my voluntary and honest opinion.
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“The Spanish House” by Cherry Radford is a fun mix of romance and humor with a stunning take on the culture and landscape of Spain. This light and cozy tale shines a light on the need to understand one’s own heritage and culture, the struggles of a language barrier, embracing activities outside one’s comfort zone, and how chasing after dreams can be hard work that pays off in the end. 

Juliana gets an amazing opportunity to spend 90 days fixing up her uncle’s cottage house on the coast of Spain. Enticed by the chance to inherit the house should she meet all of his conditions and tired of her life in England, Juliana takes him up on the challenge. Though, when she arrives in Spain, it becomes clear the list she’s meant to complete isn’t as easy as her uncle made it seem. With only a limited amount of time to check everything off her list, Juliana is overwhelmed by the work set out for her. Throw in an irresistible neighbor who also happens to be a talented artist that may or may not return her feelings is yet another challenge to add to her list.
	
“The Spanish House” is equal parts romance, a richly detailed scenic view of places to see in Spain, and a young woman’s journey to self-discovery. In its purest form, Radford presents a deep appreciation for someone willing to embrace their culture while pursuing their dreams and being caught off guard by falling or a neighbor whose beauty rivals his own art. Reading a story that is clearly written by an author who is passionate about the tale only adds to the allure of Juliana’s journey to embrace her Spanish roots and her dreams about her future. It’s easy to get caught up in the romance and shared wit that will make readers laugh, including the vivid details of the Spanish landscape that is intricately woven throughout. 
	
There is a lot to look forward to in these pages that will entice readers to pick up this story and give it a read. “The Spanish House” is out now! 
	
Thank you to Netgalley and Aria & Aries (Aria) for inviting me to read the e-arc of this novel and to share my honest opinion in this review!
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Sometimes a book title will call out to you. The Spanish House did that to me, no doubt because of where I live and how I got here. I can’t seem to resist a story set in my adopted country! The fact that I’m familiar with Almería and can visualise the descriptions only added to my enjoyment.

It was comforting and entertaining to take a step back and read about Juliana’s experience of doing up her Uncle Arturo’s house in San Rafael. Her encounters with the local and non-locals alike felt so realistic; I loved her “stream of consciousness” outpourings as she ummed and ahed over how to ask certain questions, wondering whether her vocabulary was as effective in Spanish as she intended. But more than that I loved the relationships she built with her dear uncle, with Josemi next door and even with his “Miserable Bag” of a mother.

Conflict came in the form of a family secret (I’m not giving any spoilers here!) that initially angered her but then helped her understand who she was. Why it seemed inconceivable that a parent would hold back such information, in the end Juliana benefitted in so many ways. Her life changed forever, and for the better. What felt like betrayal of trust eventually became an explanation, an understanding and her future.

Her uncle’s “to do” was super specific and yet vague – she should visit the site where her mother worked on the set of Once Upon a Time in the West, a Western made in Spain years before her birth. She should visit all the beaches, and get along with the neighbours. None of the tasks seemed too onerous, yet they were indeed very random. However, Uncle Arturo was a wise man, mending bridges that Juliana didn’t even know existed, let alone that they’d been broken in the past.

As she went about the task of painting the house, replacing bits and pieces, and making it into a home, it was evident she would have to inherit the place. But, of course, it was not as straightforward as that, especially when he ex threw a huge spanner in the works and put her one true romantic relationship in jeopardy. Would she be able to fix that mess? And how could she live in the house if not?

A lovely story about family, friends, memories and being true to yourself. Set amidst stunning scenery within a village of fun, lively and believable characters. Evocative and dramatic, quirky and hugely entertaining. A great read for a rainy day – although there aren’t many of those here! 😉
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Thank you NetGalley, Cherry Radford and Aria & Aries for The Spanish House. This is my personal review.
The setting and story were both good. Juliana has an opportunity given to her by her uncle and if all goes as it should she will be given a beautiful house in Spain.
The story was intriguing, but I just could not connect with Juliana. The author did a magnificent job describing the location and other details.
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A good holiday read to escape with wonderful descriptions of the largely unspoilt Andalusian coast and inland National Park.  The story itself was a little slow and disjointed in places plus odd bits that raced ahead with great introduced aspects not covered.  Fairly run-of-the-mill romance full of misunderstandings and non-communication but on the whole lighthearted and entertaining.  Somewhat believable characters although maybe too many for the story to run smoothly and lacked depth but as a light read it fits the bill.
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Many thanks for the opportunity to read and review this title.

Unfortunately it just wasn’t a story for me. I found it to be disjointed at times, not flowing freely. I got stopped up multiple times on the word usage/ verbal structure in many of the paragraphs, which made it very difficult to get truly invested in the story.
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This was an enjoyable feel good story, which I read over a couple of days while on holiday. The main character, Juliana, spends time in Spain as the request of her much loved Spanish uncle and rediscovers her love for Spain along with her own heritage and identity. The way the author describes this area of the Spanish mainland makes me want to visit there and enjoy it’s unspoiled beauty. I always enjoy a good love story and with, a little lighthearted humour thrown in, this was the perfect holiday read.
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Genre: Fiction | Romance

Release Date: 21st July 2021

Publisher: Aria & Aries

CW: Racism, Death. 


Juliana makes her living as a spanish TV extra, although her only connection to her heritage is some bad spanish lessons and cloudy memories of her Mother from years ago. 

So when her slighly eccentric uncle Arturo asks her to come and look after his uninhabited Andalusian home for three months, she jumps at the chance to go and learn more about where she came from. But when he reveals the house will be hers if she just completes ten little and slightly strange tasks, she's got the opportunity to not only learn the truth about her roots, but maybe finally put down some of her own. 

From family rivalries to problematically handsome neighbours, Julianas journey wasn't just ticking boxes on some list - it was a deep dive into her family history and the lies that have been hovering around her entire life. This was a very beautiful story about finding all the little things that make us who we are and form our identities. 

The setting was cosy and immersive, and the author has Spanish heritage herself - you can definitely feel her love for the culture oozing from her writing. This would be the ideal book to read when you're desperate to escape somewhere sunny, very much a beach read. 

However, I couldn't really connect to Juliana as I found her narration disjointed and somewhat erratic and felt that a lot of plot was just told to us rather than getting to see it, as though something was happening off to the side that the reader wasn't allowed to see. 

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Cherry Radford, Aria & Aries and Netgalley for this ARC in return for an honest review.
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This is a first for me reading material by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A heartwarming story, well written and transports you to Spain, if only for a little while. I have read some mixed reviews on this book, but I personally think it's worth reading it.
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