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“Truth and convenience all too often pit themselves against one another. The Alhambra Decree is the first book from Lilian Gafni’s Flower from Castile Trillogy, discussing the late fifteenth century wars between Islamic and Catholic Spain, as the two faiths form two nations and battle over the Iberian peninsula. Isabella Obrigon, blessed with a noble life, finds that she has the power to turn the conflict if she faces the truth. But doing so, she makes many enemies but few friends. A riveting tale of medieval Spain, The Alhambra Decree is an excellent choice for fans of historical fiction.”
-Midwest Book Review
“Are you looking for a historical adventure read? One that sets itself apart from all the historical romances that we are bombarded with. Are you a fan of Spain and it’s history and culture? If you answered YES, then this is the book for you as The Alhambra Decree takes us back to July 1453, then jumps to the main story in April 1491. As learnt from reading The Alhambra Decree, in the 1400s Spain was under the influence of Catholicism which was interesting as I had no knowledge prior to Spain’s history, so reading The Alhambra Decree was an eye-opener.
The novel surrounds Isabella Obrigon, a rich and beautiful young girl. Born into a world of money, and privilege–she enjoys life and everything handed to her. Unfortunately though, as Isabella gets older she will soon discover that she shouldn’t have taken her life for granted when it’s discovered that a dark secret surrounds her birth and the truth about her parental line. Soon she finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of adventure and danger between two powerful nations, trapped between two faiths and two kinds of people.
In order to survive, Isabella must make a choice–one that will change the course of her life forever–to follow her heart and join her the lesser wealthy of the two peoples or to live her life of luxury and wealth and live with the knowledge of lies. The other part of the novel that I enjoyed was the talk of discoverer Christopher Columbus, and The Alhambra Decree featured the built-up of his dreams and how he achieved the means to discover a new world. The Alhambra Decree is a nice read that fans of Historical Fiction will enjoy.”
-The Phantom Paragrapher