Four nuns find themselves suddenly thrust into a hostile world they long ago abandoned for the safety of the convent. Unwittingly they become pawns in a battle
between the charismatic Jaime Miro, leader of the
outlawed Basque nationalists, and the ruthless
Colonel Ramon Acoea of the Spanish Army.
FOUR WOMEN -AND THE MEN THEY ARE
FORBIDDEN TO LOVE
the orphan, who feels an overpowering
attraction to Jaime Miro
the fiery Sicilian beauty on the run for
murder - and Rubio Arzano, the freedom fighter
who risks his life to save her
whose guilty conscience finally drives
her to betray her friends
who bears a terrible secret that almost destroys her and
the courageous Ricardo Mellado who loves her.
The Sands of Time is an unforgettable
adventure and a heartstopping romance,
set against the timeless and dramatic
landscape of Spain.
By the same author
THE NAKED FACE
THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT
A STRANGER IN THE MIRROR
RAGE OF ANGELS
MASTER OF THE GAME
IF TOMORROW COMES
WINDMILLS OF THE GODS
MEMORIES OF MIDNIGHT
THE DOOMSDAY CONSPIRACY
THE STARS SHINE DOWN
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER
MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT
THE BEST LAID PLANS
THE SANDS OF TIME
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This paperback edition 1993
Previously published in paperback by Fontana 1990
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Reprinted four times
First published in Great Britain by Collins 1988
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Grateful acknowledgement is made to
Marcelle Bernstein for use of material from Nuns.
Grateful acknowledgement is made for use of 'Gacela of Desperate Love' by Frederico Garcia Lorca, from Selected Poems ofFrederico Garcia Lorca, copyright 1952 by New Directions Publishing
Corporation. Translated by W.S. Merwin. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.
Grateful acknowledgement is made for use of the
Ernest Hemingway epigraph to the New Masses Magazine.
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My special thanks go to Alice Fisher,
whose assistance in helping me research this novel
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the Sands of Time.
The dead do not need to rise.
They are a part of the earth now and the earth
can never be conquered for the earth endures
forever, it will outlive all systems of tyranny.
Those who have entered it honourably, and
no men entered earth more honourably than
those who died in Spain, have already achieved
immortality. ernest hemingway
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