I read Karen Swan‘s latest release – The Spanish Promise ($24.99, PGCBooks, PanMacMillan)– in a day.

I quite like Swan’s books. They always bounce between two stories – something from the past and present – with a connection between the two.

In this case, we are transported to 1930s Madrid, Spain, a time when the wealthy remained wealthy – and above the law – the poor, remained poor with no protection.

Each chapter switches between the story of the past to present day, where one of Spain’s wealthiest man is dying and his family learns he has plans to give all his wealth to a young women they have never heard of.

Charlotte Fairfax is asked to travel to Spain, a week before her wedding, to get to the bottom of the bequest and find out what power this young woman has over the dying man.

The beautiful book was a quick read – if you clear off your schedule and sit in the sun and just read – with some really great characters who are forced to make choices I hope I don’t have to ever make. All the characters are amazing, flawed, but kind, trying to make the world better for others.

I didn’t see the ending coming and the final ending, heart breaking.

“As long-buried secrets start to reach into the present, Charlotte begins to wonder if love does not need to forgive or forget in order to endure – but just needs two hearts to keep beating.”

A copy of this book was provided by PGC Books for an honest review.
The opinions are my own.