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Ines of My Soul

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Ines of My Soul

Ines of My Soul

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Isabel Allende
publisher:
HarperCollins
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

Based on real-life 16th-century conquistadora Inés Suárez, the plucky narrator of Isabel Allende’s new bodice ripper sails from Spain to the New World in search of her first husband, who abandoned her for the dream of El Dorado. In South America, Inés hooks up instead with Francisco Pizarro’s virile field marshal, Pedro de Valdivia, and the two trek across the desert (”what burning solitudes!”) and conquer Chile. Allende peppers Inés’ bio, Inés of My Soul with characteristically fragrant details — emotional firestorms, lush foliage, aphrodisiac potions, and many ”blazing whirlwinds” of lovemaking — that turn a truly extraordinary life story into a forgettable, easy-reading romp.