“5.0 out of 5 stars; Delightful Historical Fiction, January 13, 2013
By Arleen Alleman
This review is from: The Harpist of Madrid (Paperback)
I was curious about this book by fellow-author Gordon Thomas. I am so glad I decided to read it. First, the painstaking research that Mr. Thomas has obviously done is so seamless it is difficult to separate fact from his fanciful descriptions of 17th century Spain and the life of Juan Hidalgo. The characters spring to life and Juan’s professional and family adventures are imaginative and colorful to say the least. This book has so much to offer, from the enlightening history of the period to the characters’ erotic romps. I particularly admire how the author chose one somewhat obscure musician who worked at the court of King Philip IV and Charles II and wrote the music for Spain’s first two operas, and meticulously created a totally plausible personal and professional life, even touching on elements of the Inquisition and government spies and intrigue. There is much one can learn about the society, art,and music of the era, but the reader is continuously and thoroughly entertained along the way.’
Arleen is most famous for her Darcy Farthing series about an author come crime investigator. They are great stories which I’ve much enjoyed.