My husband’s parents retired to Spain from England a few years ago. This gives us a wonderful holiday destination. I have had the opportunity to visit them in this sunny country three times already and each time explored different parts of the country. I must admit I love Spain very much. So much that I decided to write a second book with the same character as my first book. Amanda in Spain- the Girl in the Painting is based loosely on some of my experiences. It was fun creating a children’s book about another part of the world and including an adventure. I hope that the children who read it will be inspired to travel there and see it for themselves.
Amanda went to Spain to spend a holiday with her friend Leah. She loved Spain and got to see and do many interesting things. She visited Madrid, explored a mountain town with houses hanging on the edge of cliffs, stayed overnight in an old, spooky monastery, took part in a tomato fight and discovered the sights of Barcelona.
There was only one problem; a young girl, looking amazingly like a girl in a famous painting, kept showing up wherever Amanda and Leah happened to be.
Following her was an evil horse dealer who seemed determined to make life miserable for everyone. Could Amanda keep this sweet young girl, and her beloved pony, safe without bringing harm to herself and Leah?
Darlene, thank you for the post and nice photos 😉
Thank you for story, Darlene !
I want to share Your happiness about the new successful book.Spain as Cyprus is one of the favourite place for the elderly Englishs because of their cheeper cost of life than in UK and warm climate, beautiful beaches and kind local people.Therefore I understand Your husband’s parents choice and Your amazement about Spain.Antonio Gaudi architecture, specially Sagrada Familia is one of the best art masterpiece in the world and Amanda’s adventure in Spain will open for Canadian children new boards and opportunities for the furhter adventures in real life.Good job!My congratulations,Darlene!Thanks a lot for photos!
Thank you everyone for your kind words. My husband’s parents have indeed found a better life in Spain and enjoy better health as well. I too was amazed at Sagrada Familia and visited it twice to make sure I didn’t miss anything. The world is a fascinating place!
Thank you for beautiful photos and your post. I wish you will write about all places you’ve ever been in Spain in your book. It’s very interesting to read about foreign contries an culture. And if it fused with nice story, probably it will be more interesting! Awaiying for your book!
Thanks! You can read the first chapter of the book at
It is currently available as an e-book and will be in print form later this spring. Thanks for your interest.
A good place to go. I was in Valencia and Barcelona about a month ago. Green orange and tangerine orchads along the sea shore. Apricots were blloming in Barcelona when it was 10 below 0 in Ukraine with several inches of snow. People were nice, never had a problem. Gaudi’s buildings are certainly worth seeing.