“A word of praise for Karla Darocas' latest book. It is an excellent concept of combining world-class art with the history of Spain. I had never read these stories in English before, and I just love them. As always, Karla writes with knowledge and passion. 

The stories are illustrated by the paintings and the paintings are explained in the stories. My favourite is the story of the lovers of Teruel. We took a trip there with Karla some time ago and the group enjoyed the famous monument thanks to such a true insight into the subject. Spanish culture comes alive. Well recommended!”

* Trudi van Dorp, Benitachell



“What a wonderful idea to retell Spain's most passionate stories for us in English. As always, Karla's new book, Passion & Pride at the Prado, is written in her very knowledgeable and exciting style. She always explores and explains the most beautiful art. It really is a must-read for lovers of Spanish culture, as it opens up a world of understanding for your Spanish heritage. The seven stories in this book are charged with a mixture of emotions and offer a variety of insights into the deep historical roots of this great country.

My favourite stories? The Lovers of Teruel is a sad and beautiful true love story. It is one of those stories about an impossible love that comes between the class differences between rich and poor. The painting that shows the story is beautiful, and I hope to stand in front of it one day in the Prado Museum.

I also found the story of The Conversion of the Duke of Gandia very interesting. A must-visit is the Palace of Gandia and you will understand this trip better after reading the story. The painting that accompanies this story is also incredible. Looking at it again now in the Prado, I will understand its meaning even better.”

* Diana from Javea