Book Review: The Ladies of Managua by Eleni Gage

Posted May 9, 2015 by love2dazzle in Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Ladies of Managua by Eleni GageThe Ladies of Managua by Eleni N. Gage
Published by Macmillan on May 5th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Sagas
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: St. Martin's Press
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When Maria Vazquez returns to Nicaragua for her beloved grandfather's funeral, she brings with her a mysterious package from her grandmother's past--and a secret of her own. And she also carries the burden of her tense relationship with her mother Ninexin, once a storied revolutionary, now a tireless government employee. Between Maria and Ninexin lies a chasm created by the death of Maria's father, who was killed during the revolution when Maria was an infant, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother Isabela as Ninexin worked to build the new Nicaragua. As Ninexin tries to reach her daughter, and Maria wrestles with her expectations for her romance with an older man, Isabela, the mourning widow, is lost in memories of attending boarding school in 1950's New Orleans, where she loved and lost almost sixty years ago. When the three women come together to bid farewell to the man who anchored their family, they are forced to confront their complicated, passionate relationships with each other and with their country--and to reveal the secrets that each of them have worked to conceal. Lushly evocative of Nicaragua, its tumultuous history, and vibrant present, Eleni N. Gage's The Ladies of Managua brings you into the lives of three strong and magnetic women, as they uncover the ramifications of the choices they made in their pasts and begin to understand the ways in which love can shape their futures.

“The Ladies of Managua” by Eleni Gage tells the story of three women, Isabela, the grandmother, Ninexin, the mom, and Maria, the daughter. Each woman has her own secrets that come to light at the funeral of a relative. Each character seemed pretty developed. I had a hard time connecting to the characters through even though they were developed. I feel like an author can develop their characters well but still create characters that are hard to connect too.

With so many different point of views it was hard at first to know who was who. After awhile I was able to catch on. I think the plot was fine and the characters were good. I wasn’t as engrossed into the story as I wanted to be. Nothing just seemed to jump out at me and completely catch my attention in the story. There were a few parts I thought were slow.  “The Ladies of Managua” definitely bring a lot of family drama to the table, so I feel like if you have experience this in your life before, then it might be a bit easier to relate too.


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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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