In the turbulent years prior to the Spanish Civil War, Aurelio López lives precarious existence in the mountains of Granada…
An attractive man with the heart of a poet, he is intensely attached to his ancestral home and its challenging, isolated surroundings.
So when he meets and falls in love with Carmela, a woman of very different background, he brings her home as his bride.
But Carmela never really fits in …
A proud and industrious woman, Carmela’s commercial acumen and material ambitions immediately set her apart from the villagers for whom ‘mañana’ is a way of life.
So, when Carmela goes into labour with her first child, suddenly and too soon, the locals do not hasten to help her.
And Carmela’s husband, Aurelio, is somewhere else entirely.
Although they both come close to death, Carmela and her daughter survive.
Aurelio returns just in time to bestow a most unusual name upon their child.
But somewhere in the years since her marriage, Carmela has become hard and embittered, and in time this will take its toll on the entire family.
In contrast, Aurelio dotes on his daughter. But like all daughters, she has to grow up.
And it is at that point that Aurelio’s past, present and future collide, with dreadful results.
And as their full effects engulf the entire family, one person in particular must pay the ultimate price for the events of the past.
An epic and passionate novel, The One-Eyed Moon gives the reader privileged insight into a little-known world, as it stood on the brink of momentous events both political and personal.
Praise for Marguerite Steen
‘Miss Steen is a superb manipulator of scene, and she makes her places as alive as her people’ – Daily Telegraph
‘Rich and enjoyable’ – The Observer
‘fine scenes and piquant portraits’ – The Sunday Times
‘a vivid narrative’ – Manchester Guardian
‘full of colour and character’ – John o’ London’s Weekly
‘rich, lavish, violent, passionate’ –Evening News