The Earth Rests Lightly Author:Aline Griffith, The Countess of Quintanilla One of the ten best-dressed women of the world, the rich, beautiful and glamorous Condesa de Quintanilla began life as Aline Griffith of Pearl River, NY, a girl destined for a fairy-princess existence. How this young woman was sent to Spain as an intelligence agent in WWII, how she met and married the handsome Conde de Quintanilla and restored P... more »ascualete, his ancient estate, is told in an enchanting memoir that richly reflects the charm, intelligence, and superb taste of its remarkable author.
The Countess recounts the transformation of her husband's medieval building into a warm, hospitable country home. Determined to trace the history of the old palace, she reveals how she studied paleography in order to read the hundreds old documents relating to its past. With characteristic warmth and humor the Countess describes her colorful experiences with the estate workers, the hereditary guard of the Senores Condes, and Pillete, who owns the Bar Imperior in Trujillo and knows the answer to everything. Her own vitality and enthusiasm for the project shines through the narrative, whether she is speaking about the renovations, her research, or her fascinating and fashionable friends.
The irresistible story of a young woman for whom not one, but two dreams have come true, The Earth Rests Lightly will be enjoyed by all who have taste, intelligence, and a romantic heart.« less