alexandrablack Alexandra Black

In the peaceful Galician village of Vilarello, during the dark days of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, siblings María and Manuel encounter a wounded Republican soldier, Antonio, in the heart of a forest. Despite the risks and political tensions surrounding the war, they decide to care for him in secret, hiding him in their home and providing refuge and support. The friendship that blossoms among the three young individuals changes their lives and leads them to make courageous decisions in a time of uncertainty and danger. "Hope" is a touching story of solidarity, compassion, and the ability of friendship to shine even in the darkest moments of history.

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In the picturesque Galician village of Vilarello, nestled among green hills and lush forests, lived two siblings, María and Manuel, in the year 1936, amidst the tumultuous Spanish Civil War. They were inseparable, with a fraternal bond that had grown stronger over the years.

María, the elder of the two, was 19 years old and known for her beauty and passionate spirit. Manuel, at 17, shared her appreciation for nature and music. Their father, a humble fisherman, had perished at sea when they were children, and their mother, Carmen, toiled diligently as a seamstress to support the family.

The small village of Vilarello had mostly remained isolated from the conflict ravaging Spain, but the war was beginning to make its presence felt even in the most remote corners of the country. News of the battle occasionally reached them, and rumors filled the air with an aura of uncertainty.

One afternoon, while Manuel and María were walking through the forest in search of mushrooms, they stumbled upon a wounded young man hidden among the trees. He was dressed in military uniform and bore gunshot wounds on his leg. Without hesitation, the siblings provided aid and brought him to their modest home on the outskirts of the village.

The wounded soldier, Antonio, turned out to be a Republican militiaman who had fought in the war. He had been ambushed by Francoist forces and managed to escape but had become lost in the forest. Carmen, María and Manuel's mother, was hesitant to assist a combatant, fearing reprisals, but María and Manuel insisted they must save his life.

For weeks, the siblings secretly cared for Antonio, concealing him in the barn of their home. They provided food, water, and medical attention, sharing stories of their life in Vilarello. Despite the hardships, a profound bond formed among the three young individuals, and the siblings became increasingly involved in Antonio's cause and struggle.

As time passed, the war drew nearer to Vilarello. Francoist forces advanced, and the village became a dangerous place for Antonio. The siblings knew they had to make a difficult decision: to help Antonio escape from Vilarello before it was too late.

With the assistance of some like-minded villagers who shared their Republican ideals, the siblings planned Antonio's escape. The night before his departure, María and Manuel bid an emotional farewell to their friend. Antonio thanked them for their bravery and generosity and promised he would never forget their sacrifice.

The following day, Antonio set off for the safety of the mountains, where he would join Republican forces in the resistance against the Francoist advance. María and Manuel returned to their life in Vilarello, with the certainty that they had done the right thing by aiding a friend in need.

As time went on, the Spanish Civil War came to an end, and Spain fell under a long dictatorship. María and Manuel continued to live in Vilarello, where they quietly observed the changes in the country. They kept their role in helping Antonio a secret, as any association with Republican forces could bring severe consequences.

As they grew older, the siblings fondly remembered Antonio and their time together. Despite the challenges and hardships of the war, they had learned that friendship and solidarity could transcend political differences and unite people in the darkest of times.

Years passed, and María and Manuel lived a peaceful life in Vilarello, always with the memory of their brave choice to aid a friend in need. Their story remained etched in the memory of their small village, reminding them that compassion and courage were timeless virtues that could illuminate even the darkest times.

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Alexandra Black Nacida en Minstrel Valley en 1837. Apasionada de la novela romántica. Autora en Selecta (Penguin Random House). Mis novelas como Alexandra Black : La accidentada boda de lord Mersett, Ámame una noche más, Escribe mi nombre en tu corazón. Mis novelas con otros seudónimos: Nunca digas nunca, Por ti, Alexandros, No puedo amarte, No diré adiós, El tiempo que pasé contigo (todas descatalogadas)

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