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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-919131-0
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 354 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-919132-7
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 354 pages
  • Keywords
    • Spain,
    • Letter writing,
    • Romantic mystery,
    • Winnipeg,
    • Family history,
    • Iberophile,
    • Travelling to Spain

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The Spanish Note
by Rosemary Doyle

In 1970, a university student named Sophie discovers a cache of old letters from Spain, along with a love note in Spanish, in her grandmother Maggie’s attic. Thus begins Sophie’s long quest to solve the mystery of their origin. The letters transport Sophie to 1913 when Maggie is reflecting on her studies as a nurse and her close relationship with two Spanish siblings, Eduardo and Maria Cristina. But who were these people? How did their lives interweave with Maggie’s and why has Sophie never heard of them? As she digs deeper into the past, she learns more about her grandmother’s life and her ties to Eduardo. The Spanish Note is a gripping romance that takes the reader through an epic saga of love, friendship, and family with a generous serving of history, travel and exotic culture, dosed with medical lore. Eventually, several generations of two families, Canadian and Spanish, across two continents are united as a result of Sophie’s attempts to piece together the puzzle of Maggie’s and Eduardo’s long-ago love affair.

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Originally from Manitoba, Rosemary graduated with a B.A. (English, French and Spanish) from the University of Manitoba before moving to Kingston, Ontario where she earned an M.A. in English literature from Queen's University. After working in France and studying in Spain, she spent almost 30 years as Chief of Correspondence and Protocol Advisor at Rideau Hall. In 2011, Queen Elizabeth appointed Rosemary to the Royal Victorian Order in recognition of her service to the monarchy. Upon retirement, her deep interest in travel and culture led Rosemary to write three children’s books, published as Les voyages de Caroline (2016), Le Monde de Rosemarie (2017) and Aloha, Hola et Salut de Caroline (2020). Passionate about the life and culture of southern Europe, especially Spain, Rosemary enjoys preparing Mediterranean meals for her family and friends. She lives in Ottawa with her husband where they enjoy the company of their children and grandchildren.


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