Inés of My Soul

Inés of My Soul

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A passionate tale of love, freedom, and conquest from the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende.

Born into a poor family in Spain, Inés Suárez, finds herself condemned to a life of poverty without opportunity as a lowly seamstress. But it's the sixteenth century, the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Struck by the same restless hope and opportunism, Inés uses her shiftless husband's disappearance to Peru as an excuse to embark on her own adventure. After learning of her husband's death in battle, she meets the fiery war hero, Pedro de Valdivia and begins a love that not only changes her life but the course of history.

Based on the real historical events that founded Chile, Allende takes us on a whirlwind adventure of love and loss seen through the eyes of a daring, complicated woman who fought for freedom.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2006]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780061161537
Branch Call Number: FIC ALLENDE 2006
Characteristics: 321 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Peden, Margaret Sayers


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Feb 06, 2016

I don't know why anyone would want to read this book. Today Ines Suarez would be considered a terrorist!

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

Once again Allende combines history, romance, and adventure to create a story steeped in the Spanish conquest of the Americas. A poor Spanish seamstress follows her husband to the new world and finds herself caught up in the horrors of war, the frantic quest for gold and the plight of the indigenous people. When she finds that her husband has been killed in battle, she becomes the mistress of the man who is determined to become the conqueror of Chile.

Aggie3 Oct 07, 2013

A very captivating and moving novel. Isabel Allende is a great story teller. Details of love, suffering, tragedy and triumph are a big part in all her books, and "Ines of my soul" is no exception. It is a great read and a book that is not easy to put down. Great historical detail with human emotion. Two thumbs up.

Mar 05, 2012

Allende uses the voice of an elderly woman describing her life to re-tell the history of the Spanish colonization of Chile. It is a brutal re-telling - not for the squeamish - but at the same time a story of love and survival.

Oct 01, 2011


Apr 11, 2011

Excellent book - lots of historic content.

Jun 30, 2010

Except for the sudden ending - which left me feeling a little unfinished - this was a good solid read with lots of history but very readable.


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