BOOK REVIEW - Viva Collection. Volume One

arla Ingleton-Darocas has created a wonderfully complex and informative read on Spanish history with this book. It delves into historical buildings and their inhabitants over the centuries, discussing art, artists, architecture, interior design of different eras of Spanish history, and even the significance of lemons to the Spanish lifestyle. 

Just like her other books, Karla has enhanced her narrative with exquisite photos from her personal collection, making them accessible to all readers. 

Reading this book rekindled my interest in Spanish history and art, and I believe it will evoke the same curiosity in others, compelling them to witness it firsthand. 

I'm truly impressed by the book; Karla's research is impeccable as always. The inclusion of personal details that you won't find in standard history books, such as information about the families of Spanish kings and nobles, the Roman and Muslim influences on Spanish culture, insights into artists and their families, and the connections between historical buildings and their ownership, all make for an extremely intriguing read. This information was entirely new to me, and it adds to the book's allure. 

Overall, I find this to be a marvelous and successful book.

- Gina from Germany 

BOOK REVIEW * VIVA * Volume #1

"The VIVA Spain book series by Karla Darocas has recently launched with Volume I, and it brings delightful news. This volume offers a captivating collection of stories about Spain, encompassing its rich culture, splendid art, awe-inspiring architecture, and the wonders of nature.

What sets these essays apart is the enthralling information carefully woven into each narrative. Even if you think you've experienced it all before, Karla manages to surprise you with intricate details and background insights that encourage a deeper exploration of the subject. An excellent example is the mesmerizing account of the visit to the Santiago de Uclés Monastery.

Through her writing, Karla takes you on a fascinating art history journey through various regions of Spain, akin to soaring in a helicopter, piquing your curiosity, and urging you to land and delve into these captivating locales.

Each story's tone is thoughtfully tailored to match its content. From the cheerful enthusiasm when discussing lemons in 'When Life in Spain Gives You Lemons' to the eloquent choice of words in the tale of Jusepe de Ribera and the painting of the Lady with the Beard, the stories effortlessly engage and captivate the reader.

Reading this book is an absolute pleasure, and it becomes a cherished companion to take along on your explorations to museums and places of interest, igniting the desire for action. Let's Go!"

- Trudi van Dorp, History teacher (Benitachell)