Publisher's Note:  

A generational saga that mixes historical fiction with the romance and intrigue of a Latin soap opera.

When Malena Sevilla's tidy, carefully planned world collapses following her father’s mysterious suicide, she finds a letter—signed with an “A”—which reveals that her mother is very much alive and living in San Isidro, a quaint town tucked in the Andes Mountains. Intent on meeting her, Malena arrives at Alameda Street and meets four sisters who couldn’t be more different from one another, but who share one thing in common: all of their names begin with an A.

To avoid a scandal, Malena assumes another woman’s identity and enters their home to discover the truth. Could her mother be Amanda, the iconoclastic widow who opens the first tango nightclub in a conservative town? Ana, the ideal housewife with a less-than-ideal past? Abigail, the sickly sister in love with a forbidden man? Or Alejandra, the artistic introvert scarred by her cousin’s murder? But living a lie will bring Malena additional problems, such as falling for the wrong man and loving a family she may lose when they learn of her deceit. Worse, her arrival threatens to expose long-buried secrets and a truth that may wreck her life forever.

Set in 1960s Ecuador, The Sisters of Alameda Street is a sweeping story of how one woman’s search for the truth of her identity forces a family to confront their own past.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

The Sisters of Alameda Street

by Lorena Hughes

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The Sisters of Alameda Street starts with a single tantalizing question that will grab readers from the very first page. With endless twists and turns, plus mysteries right and left, this soap opera-esque story never slows in pace. The Sisters of Alameda Street is set in Ecuador and flits between the 1930's and the 1960's. Author Lorena Hughes expertly captures the time period and the large cast of characters. The novel's lead heroines -- there are several -- are each fascinating, mysterious, and distinctly different. Despite varying time periods and points of view, Hughes manages to construct a clear narrative that is impossible to put down. The Sisters of Alameda Street is an irresistible and colorful read recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction and/ or family dramas. 

Review of an Advance Reader Copy

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Profanity/Language:  15 religious exclamations, 21 mild obscenities, 5 derogatory names and 2 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore:  A few secondhand reports of violence involving a bus crash, car accident, shooting and punching a drunk; several brief scenes of violence including brawls, slapping and backhanding, and car accidents with injuries; a brief scene of rape.   

Sex/Nudity:  Numerous incidents of kissing; numerous sexual references including padding bras, growing breasts and sexual innuendos; a brief incident of touching; several incidents of implied and/or reported sexual activity; an incident of touching areas normally covered by a bathing suit; a few mature discussions regarding sex; a brief scene of rape. 

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Extramarital affairs, illegitimate children, rape, suicide, death of family members, blackmail, domestic violence, impotence, allusion to homosexuality. 

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Characters frequently smoke; characters are often drinking; several characters are described as drunk; a character becomes intoxicated and throws up; a character "reeks of alcohol".

Reviewed By Rachel
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