The Indomitable Spirit
A Forbidden Love by Kerry Postle is a heart wrenching historical novel that will stir your emotions as you read.
The action is set during the Spanish Civil War of 1936 – 1939. The author has clearly researched thoroughly and woven fact and fiction together to educate and inform as well as entertain. I knew very little about this topic but now I do.
War brings out the very best and the very worst in people. There were some who used the premise of war to commit the most inhumane and barbaric acts. The reader shudders to hear there are ‘lists.’ Terrible atrocities were committed against women and girls. Evil really did have a face.
The opposite side of the coin was the innate goodness and bravery of some on both sides. Some risked their own lives to do good in a time of evil, as people were smuggled to safety.
War is not a time for revenge. Civil war seems the very worst as it is neighbor against neighbor as your own are killed.
There is also a coming of age theme as the main character Maria is just sixteen as the novel opens. We watch as she blossoms and matures. I liked her. She was easy to empathise with – a strong girl with strong emotions and a good heart, although she had her wobbles at times.
Love can still flourish in times of war. Love does not choose sides. There should be no forbidden love.
I was completely engrossed in A Forbidden Love, reading it in just two sittings. The subject matter means it is not always a comfortable read but it is a necessary one. We need to know about the evils of war in the hope that lessons will be learnt.
Thank you Kerry Postle for a marvelous story.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.