Ines of My Soul Based on real-life 16th-century conquistadora Inés Suárez, the plucky narrator of Isabel Allende's new bodice ripper sails from Spain to the New World in search… Ines of My Soul Based on real-life 16th-century conquistadora Inés Suárez, the plucky narrator of Isabel Allende's new bodice ripper sails from Spain to the New World in search… 2006-11-07 Fiction HarperCollins
Book Review

Ines of My Soul (2006)

Ines of My Soul | LOST SOUL Allende turns a juicy story of a real-life 16th century female adventurer into a too-breezy work of romantic fiction
LOST SOUL Allende turns a juicy story of a real-life 16th century female adventurer into a too-breezy work of romantic fiction
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 07, 2006; Writer: Isabel Allende; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: HarperCollins

Based on real-life 16th-century conquistadora Inés Suárez, the plucky narrator of Isabel Allende's new bodice ripper sails from Spain to the New World in search of her first husband, who abandoned her for the dream of El Dorado. In South America, Inés hooks up instead with Francisco Pizarro's virile field marshal, Pedro de Valdivia, and the two trek across the desert (''what burning solitudes!'') and conquer Chile. Allende peppers Inés' bio, Inés of My Soul with characteristically fragrant details — emotional firestorms, lush foliage, aphrodisiac potions, and many ''blazing whirlwinds'' of lovemaking — that turn a truly extraordinary life story into a forgettable, easy-reading romp.

Originally posted Oct 27, 2006 Published in issue #905 Nov 03, 2006 Order article reprints