Barcelona, Spain

Ángeles Gil works for a law firm and is a specialist in labour law and human resources. La casa del azúcar (The Sugar House), her first novel, takes an old family story as a starting point. Her second novel is already underway.

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This first novel by Ángeles Gil is a vibrant story of forbidden loves and family feuds in the early 20th century, at a time when the animosities and alliances that will lead the country into a fratricidal war are just forming.

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An exciting, sensual story of overcoming adversity, in the wake of successful novels by authors such as Kate Morton and Anne Jacobs.

1936: Three days before war breaks out, Manuela tries to hide bundles of a valuable sugar shipment in the cellar. Behind a sealed door that hasn’t been opened in decades, she discovers the old Harley Davidson that belonged to Javier, her first and greatest love.

1907: Manuela, an illiterate 15-year-old girl, goes to work as a servant in the home of the town’s most powerful family. For any girl in her position, this is an honour, a unique opportunity, and the chance to escape much harder work in the fields. Her mother and grandmother have both served in the house, and offer her valuable advice: “See, hear, and keep quiet.” But Manuela can’t disobey her instincts or her heart when she meets Javier, the youngest of three sons and black sheep of the family, who loves freedom and his Harley Davidson.

This first novel by Ángeles Gil is a vibrant story of forbidden loves and family feuds in the early 20th century, at a time when the animosities and alliances that will lead the country into a fratricidal war are just forming.