The Fountains of Silence

Written by Ruta Sepetys

Daniel, the son of a Texas oil baron, wants to be a photojournalist. His dad, however, wants him to go into the family business. While taking a long vacation in Spain, he and his family stay in the Hotel Castellana Hilton. By hanging out with locals, Daniel hopes to capture the true Spain and not the tourist version. On one hand, the right photo could lead him to a prestigious scholarship, cementing the future he craves, but on the other hand it could be dangerous. Ana is the daughter of two parents who were part of the resistance and is a maid at the hotel. She feels drawn to Daniel. She wants to help but has to keep her head down. The novel is well-researched, and the audio has a wonderful narration. The audiobook is clearly done by actors and is well-portrayed. The historical documents related to the content greatly augment the 1950s Spanish setting. Beautiful, deep, and full of rich history, the romantic intrigue is evident in the book. Fans of Ruta Sepetys, historical fiction, clean romances, intrigue, and historical fiction will enjoy reading or listening to this book. This book is a great pick for readers from age twelve through adult and is a great family read.

Reviewed by Jessica Moody, Library Media Educational Technology Specialist, Olympus Jr High
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grade 7- Adult

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The Fountains of Silence
Written by Ruta Sepetys
495 pages
Release Date: October 1, 2019
ISBN: 9780399160318
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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1 thought on “The Fountains of Silence”

  1. I was intrigued by the cover of this book but wasn’t sure I would like it, so thank you for the review. I think I’ll give it a go.

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