Walking on Sunshine

Victoria Hislop – The Island – 2010/TBR

The Back of the Book: On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother’s past.  But Sofia has never spoken of it.  All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London.  When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend, and promises that through her she will learn more.

Arriving in Plaka, Alexis is astonished to see that it lies a stone’s throw from the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga – Greece’s former leper colony.  Then she finds Fotini, and at last hears the story hat Sofia has buried all her life:  the tale of her great-grandmother Eleni and her daughters, and a family rent by tragedy, war and passion.  She discovers how intimately she is connected with the island, and how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip …

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