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6 books set in sunny Spain

Whether you're dreaming of summer sun or a European city break, we've found six page turners set in Spain to help while away the hours 

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Origin

Dan Brown

That's right - Robert Langdon is back! And this time it's for a whirlwind adventure set in Bilbao and Barcelona, crammed with the mystery, ancient history and buried secrets that we all want from a classic Dan Brown thriller. The Da Vinci Code is one of our not so guilty pleasures, and Origin promsies to be another giant adventure. With codes, clues and an enemy who always seems to be one step ahead, it's a book that'll have you racing through the pages to get to the end.
 

Hot Milk

Deborah Levy

Set under the blazing hot Spanish sun, this is a dreamlike read that pulls you in from the very first page, when Sofia drops her laptop and even turns this minor incident into a beautiful, thought-provoking reflection. Her mother, Rose, is sick, but neither them or the doctors at home can work out why. In the hope that a new medical centre can help, Sofia spends her summer discovering new things about herself, in ways she'd never imagined. It's a hypnotic read that's ultimately about the strain - and the love - between mother and daughter.
 

Sleeping Arrangements

Madeleine Wickham

Rumour has it Madeleine Wickham (a.k.a. Sophie Kinsella) wrote this book listening to flamenco guitar music, so why not do the same and let the pages transport you to beautiful, sunny Spain? When two families arrive at a mutual friend's villa for a relaxing holiday, they quickly realise they've been double booked. As tensions rise, old passions resurface and threaten to break the family units apart. Slightly darker than the popular Kinsella novels, Sleeping Arrangements is nonetheless an easy summer read with laugh-out-loud moments.

 

Castile for Isabella

Jean Plaidy

Ideal for historical romance lovers. Set in the mid-1400s - one of the most tumultuous times in Spanish history - the book retraces the life of young princess Isabella, who, though opposed by a half-crazed mother, ambitious Archbishop and lecherous nobleman, remained steadfast in her determination to restore order to Castile and marry Ferdinand, the handsome young Prince of Aragon and her only true betrothed. An inspiring account of the rise to power of one of the most important queens in history.

 

The Seamstress

Maria Duenas

Spain, 1936. The country is on the brink of civil war. Sira is an apprentice dressmaker, but her whole world is turned upside down when she falls utterly and passionately in love. But with a whirlwind romance that leads her to Morocco and ultimately an unforgiveable betrayal, she is left to sew clothes for the expat elite. Despite the rage of war, she is drawn back to Spain and the dangers she had left behind. This is a novel brimming with history and intrigue, and colourful characters you'll never forget.

 

Then. Now. Always.

Isabelle Broom

Pour yourself a glass of sangria and escape to Spain with this warm and wonderful book by Isabelle Broom. Hannah is spending a month shooting a documentary with her best friend and her gorgeous boss, who she hopes will fall head over heels for her, of course. But things aren't that simple, especially when her half-sister turns up, out of the blue. Fun, flirty and evocative, it's the perfect poolside read (or the perfect winter read if you need to fill yourself with summer holiday daydreams.)

 

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