Ines of My Soul: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende is a rip roaring good story!  Ines Suarez crosses the seas from Spain to the New World following her husband.  She arrives to find herself a widow, but life has interesting times in store for Ines.  She catches the eye of Pedro de Valdivia, becoming his mistress.  Together they will conquer a land and create the country of Chile.  The story tears across the page, leaving you feeling you are riding along with the Conquistadors as their horses gallop across the land! Even more amazing, it is fiction based on real people, Ines lived! 


— Deon Stonehouse


A passionate tale of love, freedom, and conquest from the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende.

Born into a poor family in Spain, Inés Suárez, finds herself condemned to a life of poverty without opportunity as a lowly seamstress. But it's the sixteenth century, the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Struck by the same restless hope and opportunism, Inés uses her shiftless husband's disappearance to Peru as an excuse to embark on her own adventure. After learning of her husband's death in battle, she meets the fiery war hero, Pedro de Valdivia and begins a love that not only changes her life but the course of history.

Based on the real historical events that founded Chile, Allende takes us on a whirlwind adventure of love and loss seen through the eyes of a daring, complicated woman who fought for freedom.  

About the Author

Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and a novel that has become a world-renowned classic, The House of the Spirits. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

Praise For…

“Allende…has written her surest work since THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS.”
USA Today

“Allende is a master storyteller at the peak of her powers, as she demonstrates in her latest novel.”
Los Angeles Times

“Allende’s imagination delivers the enchantment. . . . This is one work Allende fans should not miss.”
Miami Herald

“Vivid…Allende’s reach is broad…Allende succeeds in resurrecting a woman from history and endowing her with the gravitas of a hero.”
New York Times Book Review

“A powerfully evocative narrative...Allende is at her best here.”

“Thoroughly researched…a colorful, entertaining tale of the hardscrabble adventures and desperate deeds of some of our hemisphere’s first Europeans”
— Elle

“Solid and well-constructed...Ines is rescued by Allende from history’s dust bin.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Allende’s keen intelligence and lively prose keep readers wishing for more.”
— San Diego Union-Tribune

“Might be Allende’s best novel, better even than THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS.”
Boston Globe

“Vivid and convincing….”
— Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

“Well-grounded...As always, Allende focuses on the story.”
— Atlantic Monthly

“Compelling...a complex and truly rich tale”
— Baltimore Sun

“earthy and ironic.”
New York Times

“Thrilling epic...the memoir she ascribes to Ines promotes a more democratic view of how the New World was settled.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

“Riveting...A colorful and clear-eyed portrait...Suarez’s story is so fabulous and life-affirming…that it simply captivates”
— Chicago Sun-Times

“Allende has given [Ines] an instantly appealing voice...even the most unpliable reader will be hooked.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A thourough and unflinching account…Allende...keeps the pages turning. It’s a joy to see Ines triumph.”
— Rocky Mountain News

“Ines of My Soul is a powerful novel...[Ines] is, in Allende’s skilled hands, a wholly human character.”
— Charlotte Observer

“An elegant work of historical fiction.”
— Wichita Eagle

“engrossing…Fans of Allende’s earlier novels will…find enjoyment in INES OF MY SOUL.”
— Christian Science Monitor

“Brilliant…A beautifully crafted work by one of the finest writers of our time.”
Providence Journal

“Ines of My Soul is an absorbing and illuminating book.”
— The Globe and Mail

“Meticulously researched.”
Library Journal

“Allende crafts a swift, thrilling epic, packed with fierce battles and passionate romance.”
Publishers Weekly

“Fiction about the conquistador experience…can’t possibly get better”
Booklist (starred review)

“Allende always delivers. This time it’s with an enchanting historical fiction about Chile.”
— American Way

“A master storyteller.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Allende is a genius.”
— Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Possesses the eyes, ears, mind, heart and pluck to manufacture generous and feisty fiction.”
Miami Herald

“Surely one of the most graceful and yet haunting writers alive.”
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061161537
ISBN-10: 0061161535
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: November 7th, 2006
Pages: 336
Language: English