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  • A great read: fine historical fiction

    I loved the passionate character of Vives: caught in a 'Sophie's choice' type scenario. The plot is fast-paced and it is a real page-turner, full of fascinating and well-researched detail about the period. Vives, as secret Jew who posed as a Catholic moves from Spain to the Netherlands and to England and I lied the unique view of the English court from an outsider's perspective. The novel is written in the first person, with beautiful descriptions that enable the reader to feel truly immersed in the period. The characters are well-drawn; each with their own complexities and motivations. It didn't take me long to read it, it is intellectual but very captivating. A great read!

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  • The Secret Diaries of Juan LuisVives

    I was immediately drawn into the World of 1520s Europe, where I willingly joined the main character, Señor Juan Luis Vives on his amazing life journey - a beautifully penned account awaits those lucky enough to get a hold of Tim Darcy Ellis’s first novel - he has gifted us with a story that has profound, meaningful messages for our times, indeed - artfully conveyed in elegant prose creating time, place, character descriptions that transported me, to the past but with the strongest of messages of triumph over adversity & eternal hope - I loved this - I couldn’t put it down - fully recommend this novel.

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  • The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives

    The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives is a great debut for Tim Darcy Ellis. I thought this was a really good read. The writing style is a bit unique than what I am used to but I thought it was refreshing to read something that is different. I love to read books from the Tudor era but somehow, I missed the history of Juan Luis Vives. I thought he was an intriguing individual of the times. I have never heard of him before and found myself searching the internet to find out more about him. The author obviously did some extensive research and it shows within the pages of this book. It was fascinating to learn so much about him and loved how Mr Ellis was able to bring him to life. I am giving The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives four and a half stars. I would love to see more books written by Tim Darcy Ellis in the near future. He definitely has proved to me that he is quite talented. I am curious as to what other historical figures he has in mind for more releases. I recommend this one for readers who enjoy historical fiction based on true historical figures and for those who love to read Tudor era stories. I thought it was a great read and it should not be missed. I received The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

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