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The inspiring international bestseller of a seemingly ordinary woman who uses her talent and courage to transform herself first into a prestigious couturier and then into an undercover agent for the Allies during World War II.

Between Youth and Adulthood…

At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress. At fourteen, she quietly begins her own apprenticeship. By her early twenties she has learned the ropes of the business and is engaged to a modest government clerk. But everything changes when two charismatic men burst unexpectedly into her neatly mapped-out life: an attractive salesman and the father she never knew.

Between War and Peace…

With the Spanish Civil War brewing in Madrid, Sira leaves her mother and her fiancé, impetuously following her handsome lover to Morocco. However, she soon finds herself abandoned, penniless, and heartbroken in an exotic land. Among the odd collection of European expatriates trapped there by the worsening political situation back on the Continent, Sira reinvents herself by turning to the one skill that can save her: her gift for creating beautiful clothes.

Between Love and Duty…

As England, Germany, and the other great powers launch into the dire conflict of World War II, Sira is persuaded to return to Madrid, where she takes on a new identity to embark upon the most dangerous undertaking of her career. As the preeminent couturier for an eager clientele of Nazi officers’ wives, Sira becomes embroiled in the half-lit world of espionage and political conspiracy rife with love, intrigue, and betrayal.

An outstanding success around the world, The Time in Between has sold more than two million copies and inspired the Spanish television series based on the book, dubbed by the media as the “Spanish Downton Abbey.” In the US it was a critical and commercial hit, and a New York Times bestseller in paperback. It is one of those rare, richly textured novels that enthrall down to the last page. María Dueñas reminds us how it feels to be swept away by a masterful storyteller.

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A great read.
March 24th, 2015
This was a most enjoyable novel set in a very interesting time period. The characters were very easy to relate to and I grew to care about some of them very much by the time I reached the end. It was the first book I have read by Maria Duenas but I will certainly look for more of her writing.
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Time in between
September 28th, 2014
Well written , good storey, surprisingly action packed
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The Time In Between by Maria Duenas
September 7th, 2014
Historical fiction at it-'s best...captivating story line...well developed characters. This book had details of Spain during 1930-1940's that were new and very interesting.
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August 4th, 2014
Great read - slow to start but quickly picks up the pace and becomes an unexpected thriller. Hard to put down!
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The Time In Between
August 1st, 2014
Really enjoyed reading this book .The discriptions were well done as was the story line
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Time in Between
July 26th, 2014
Very well done, but a bit long winded at times.
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The Time In Between
July 13th, 2014
Great story. Lots of information & detail. Will read again.
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The time in between
November 10th, 2013
I loved this book. Highly recommend it.
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A perfect title
February 10th, 2013
I fell deeply into this book and the character of Sira. The descriptions of the times and places were so vivid I felt I was there. An interesting historical time between the Spanish civil war and WWII of which I knew nothing, let alone from ant type of European perspective. Women will love the descriptions of fashion. The intrigue will keep anyone rapt and on the edge on his seat.
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