Bay of Secrets

Bay of Secrets Spain Following the wishes of her parents to keep her safe during the war a young girl Julia enters a convent in Barcelona Looking for a way to maintain her links to the outside world she vo

  • Title: Bay of Secrets
  • Author: Rosanna Ley
  • ISBN: 9781780875064
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • Spain, 1939.Following the wishes of her parents to keep her safe during the war, a young girl, Julia, enters a convent in Barcelona Looking for a way to maintain her links to the outside world, she volunteers to help in a maternity clinic But worrying adoption practices in the clinic force Sister Julia to decide how far she will go to help those placed in her care.EnglanSpain, 1939.Following the wishes of her parents to keep her safe during the war, a young girl, Julia, enters a convent in Barcelona Looking for a way to maintain her links to the outside world, she volunteers to help in a maternity clinic But worrying adoption practices in the clinic force Sister Julia to decide how far she will go to help those placed in her care.England, 2011.Six months after her parents shocking death, 34 year old journalist and jazz enthusiast Ruby Rae has finally found the strength to pack away their possessions and sell the family home But as she does so, she unearths a devastating secret her parents, Vivien and Tom, had kept from her all her life.

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    About “Rosanna Ley

    • Rosanna Ley

      Rosanna Ley has worked as a creative writing tutor for over 15 years Affiliated to several colleges and universities in England, she also runs her own writing courses in the UK and abroad She has worked with community groups in therapeutic settings and completed an MA in creative writing for personal development in order to support this Her writing holidays and retreats take place in stunning locations in Italy and Spain and whilst not teaching or writing she mentors and appraises the work of new writers Rosanna has had numerous articles and short stories published in UK magazines, and 12 novels of contemporary fiction published in the U.K, Germany, Greece and the U.S.A under a pseudonym Her books are inspired by the culture and landscapes of Italy, Sicily and the Canary Islands and feature strong female voices from the past and present, along with an intense undercurrent of mystery and romance Rosanna spends some time every year travelling around Europe looking for writing inspiration and tranquil settings for writing holidays She loves cliff walking and her favourite writing place is somewhere with a sea view When she is not travelling, Rosanna lives with her artist husband in a Victorian cottage in West Dorset by the sea From the author s website



    309 thoughts on “Bay of Secrets

    • I must admit, I had never read a novel by Rosanna Ley before. With all new authors I try, it is so exciting to start a book by someone you haven’t read before, I love ‘discovering’ them and potentially finding books I love and having new favourite authors! But after reading Bay Of Secrets, I can say I was so impressed and will definitely be buying Rosanna’s other novel, The Villa. The cover of Bay Of Secrets is STUNNING, I couldn’t stop staring at it and it had me intrigued and keen to [...]


    • Finished reading: May 11th 2014"He gripped her wrist and in that second she was so scared that she almost stopped breathing. But she did not back down. She would not back down. She stared right back at him. She knew now exactly what he was."(view spoiler)[This novel can be found similar to novels of Victoria Hislop like The Return, but Bay Of Secrets still is quite refreshing. I'm not a fan of romance, but since I'm fascinated by recent history and especially by the Spanish Civil War, it was [...]


    • Bay of Secrets by author Rosanna Ley is a multi-generational story which uncovers family secrets and misunderstandings in layers through the years. The secrets of one generation to protect the innocence of the next generation can sometimes have very long reaching consequences. Ruby is awakened early one morning by the horrible news her parents have been killed in an accident. She manages to make it through the funeral with the help of her best friend Mel. Now two months later she is back in Dors [...]


    • This novel has all the key ingredients to make for a really satisfying holiday read – skilful plotting, great characterisation and a believable romance. What takes this book further than most holiday romances, however, is the clever way Ley interweaves the historical element.The central character, Ruby Rae, faced with her parents’ sudden death and the ending of an ill-fated relationship of her own, returns to the Dorset coast of her childhood and begins the task of sorting out her parents’ [...]


    • A very enjoyable read. The storylines are interesting individually but are also woven together very cleverly. I found the insight into the illegal adoptions that took place in Spain during Franco's rule fascinating. Character description is one of Rosanna Ley's strengths and this is definitely the case in this book, I could easily picture all of the characters and their actions are believable. The story felt very real until the end where there was perhaps one co-incidence too many which I felt w [...]


    • Audio version of this book, very slow and very long!! The whole story could've been done in half the time. Narration was ok but nothing startling


    • A sensitive subject skilfully brought to life. The main character, Ruby ,was engaging from the start. Once started it was hard to put the book down.


    • Bay of Secrets is a beautiful and intriguing novel that not only describes an excellent fictional setting but also enlightens the reader on the not often visited and heartbreaking topic of The Lost Children of Francoism.Freelance journalist Ruby Rae is having a hard time dealing with the sudden death of her parents. When she finally goes back to Dorset to clean out the house she grew up in she finds a shoebox with some strange items tucked into one of the closets which sets in motion a possibly [...]


    • 3.5 stars. I read this book because I'd really enjoyed The Villa. On reading the back cover I felt the story was going to be predictable. It was! The only part I didn't see coming was the reason for Andre's Dad not having any time for him. The story is set between Spain (Barcelona & Fuerteventura) and England (Dorset). 2011 in England, Ruby is a freelance journalist. Her parents are killed in an accident and whilst clearing out their home she finds a shoebox which contains a photo of a young [...]


    • I had never read any books by this author before, and so decided to spend the credit I had for audible on this . The narrator really did a great job of bringing the story to life, and capturing the different accents and elements of the story though that I really felt like I was actually there in the story and experiencing what each character was experiencing. I really enjoyed what the synopsis sounded like, two parallel stories and Dorset, Barcelona and Fuerteventura as settings. I felt I absolu [...]


    • Two stories that end up entwining. Two stories of women who must be courageous to face the future which has been tainted with the past. One story takes place in Spain during the revolution. In the days of dictatorship, Franco creates a law that children are adopted from single mothers by wanting and deserving parents. The tragedy is how the adoptions talk placea mother is either coerced into giving up her child or is told her child died during birth. The child is sold to a worthy couple with the [...]


    • Following the death of her parents, Ruby Rae is clearing out the family home when she discovers a small box of photographs but who is in them? Why has Ruby never seen these pictures before?In a different era and country, Sister Julia is sent to live in a convent as her parents can no longer afford to feed her. While living there she helps out at a maternity clinic but all is not what it seems and Sister Julia finds some disturbing goings on.I quite enjoyed this book, I loved the back and fore of [...]


    • This was my first Rosanna Ley novel and I really enjoyed it. The back cover alludes to three women and their shared past, but I think the story encompasses five women and three secrets. There are two main storylines running through the book - Ruby, our present day character and Julia, whose story begins during the Spanish Civil War in the late 30s. Ruby lives and works in London but returns to Dorset after the tragic death of her parents. While clearing the house and sorting through affairs she [...]


    • This was an enjoyable enough read, but it could REALLY do with a good edit! It's a bit repetitive (if I had to read, 'her heart went out to' one more time, I may have screamed!) and the 'twists' were all predictable. Given this, much less time could have been spent alluding to the various mysteries - or else more could have been revealed throughout the book. The end was quite anti-climatic and, given how long the book was, it seemed a bit abrupt. I would have liked it to carry on slightly longer [...]



    • This fascinating story is set over two time periods and explores the issue of the shocking 'lost' children of 'Francoism'. I loved Julia's character: sent off to be a nun due to her family's poverty.''Spain, 1939. Following the wishes of her parents to keep her safe during the war, a young girl, Julia, enters a convent in Barcelona. Looking for a way to maintain her links to the outside world, she volunteers to help in a maternity clinic. But worrying adoption practices in the clinic force Siste [...]


    • L’esplicito tentativo dell’autrice di creare dei colpi di scena viene reso vano dalla prevedibilità e dall’insistenza su alcuni particolari, tuttavia è un romanzo piacevole da leggere e scritto bene, che fa della sintassi e del lessico semplice un punto di forza per essere apprezzato da un pubblico adulto e maturo, preferibilmente femminile. Una lettura semplice, che non lascia sognare troppo ma non è nemmeno eccessivamente banale, adatta ad accompagnare le giornate sotto l’ombrellone [...]


    • This is the first book by this author that I have read.It came highly recommended by a friend, as it is partly based in Dorset, which is an area that we both know very well. The story's chapters jump backwards and forwards from 1939 in Spain to 2011 in England and introduces different characters along the way and I found it difficult to link it all together. I was not sure where the story was going until about halfway through, then it began to fall into place. The characters were good. The story [...]


    • Loosely based on the historical true story of the stolen children of Spain after the civil war. In present day, when Ruby's parents suddenly die, she discovers they had been holding back on telling a massive secret. Back after the war in Spain, Julia's parents can't afford to feed her and ask her to become a nun. She starts working in a clinic for pregnant unmarried mothers where she discovers that all is not what it seems. The two stories intertwine and as the story evolves it is very easy to f [...]


    • I read this very early on this year whilst on holiday, but somehow never got round to writing my review. It was for me a perfect holiday read with believable characters and plot with historical background weaved in to the romance. This was the second book I have read by Rosanna Ley and it certainly will not be the last. lindyloumacbookreviewsspo


    • I enjoyed this book despite the rather far reaching, unbelievable coincidence (no spoilers, but you will know what I mean). I liked The mixture of the two stories and I had tried to guess how they intertwined but I got it wrong, which was a good thing. I also liked the main characters in each of the two stories, and found Sister Julia's story and the reason she ended up in the convent, so heartbreakingly sad.


    • I had no idea of this area of Spanish history and found it amazing that this was happening to people as I and many others visited their beautiful country. I, in fact, lived there for nearly a year during this period, and became a lover of all things Spanish - what a revelation. I really enjoyed the weaving of the character's lives and their journeys to discover their identities but I kind of guessed Andrés's secret.


    • I had never read anything by Rosanna Ley before, although I think this is only her second novel. I bought it based on the summary on the back cover. I enjoyed the stories of Ruby Rae and Sister Julia, and also of Andres. The writing was very clear and concise and the characters and their circumstances were all very believable. I'd definitely recommend this if you like a good story which pulls you in gradually but has you missing the characters once the book is finished!


    • A beautifull story set between England & Spain linking the events of the past to the present. Part of this story is based on the Spanish Civil War & the heartbreaking reality of the lost children of Francoism. The characters have lives closely interwined & the links between them unravel as we progress in the book. An Excellent read.


    • E' pura e semplice evasione, direi però meno banale di molti altri romanzi simili. Davvero buone le descrizioni del Dorset e di Fuerteventura, interessante la parte che riguarda la dittatura in Spagna e nemmeno scontata la storia anche se alla fine alcune coincidenze un po' forzate la rendono poco credibile.


    • Really enjoyed the theme of adoption and thought it was cleverly woven together throughout all the the characters. The book felt very drawn out, the rushed in the last one hundred pages which I find very annoying. Also Ruby's story was left unfinished, which was disappointing as she was the main character. Loved the description of Spain, the colours really popped!


    • This novel sensitively explores the fallout of the atrocity of Los Ninos Robales perpetrated in Franco's Spain. Covering the period from the late 1930's until now, it is an enthralling tale of 3 very different women whose lives are woven and ultimately driven by a shared past.


    • A really lovely book, the intertwining stories flowed really well individually and together.The characters were warm and believable, I felt that I knew them and was keen to find out where their stories were going to lead.


    • It was the first time I had read this author and will definitely read more of hers. I really enjoyed it but was left with lots of questions at the end wish she had written a bit more so we would know what happened and without me spoiling it for others I cannot say more!


    • A thoroughly engrossing holiday read! The author combines a lovely romantic plot with a very interesting and intriguing historical background,easily moving from war time Spain to the Dorset seaside. Although the ending was quite predictable there was an extra clever twist!


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