Author(s): Belinda Alexandra
Paloma Batton is the grand-daughter of Spanish refugees who fled Barcelona after the Civil War. A disciplined student with the School of the Paris Opera Ballet, Paloma lets little get in the way of her career until she receives a visit from an otherworldly being who leaves her with a pair of golden earrings. Realising that she has been given a quest, Paloma begins exploring her own Spanish heritage and makes the connection between the visitor and 'La Rusa', a young Andalusian girl who rose from poverty to become one of the great flamenco dancers of modern times. La Rusa died while living in exile in Paris in 1952. Her death was ruled as suicide but as Catalina begins to unravel the secrets of the tightly knit Spanish emigre community, she discovers more than one person who had good reason for wanting La Rusa dead, including Paloma's own grandmother. Golden Earrings is a story that moves between two great cities: Barcelona during the Civil War and Paris in the 1970s. It is the story of two women and the extremes to which they are willing to go for love. It is a story of great passions - and great betrayals - where nothing is quite as it seems.
Belinda Alexandra is the daughter of a Russian mother and an Australian father and has been an intrepid traveller since her youth. Her love of other cultures is matched by her passion for her home country, Australia, where she is a volunteer rescuer and carer for the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES). Her novels have been published to wide international acclaim.