Greece 1936. A young British diplomat and his wife have been posted to Athens. Hugh loves the life there but his spirited and unconventional wife, Heavenly, finds it hard to fit into the whirl of endless parties and socialising. When Hugh is sent to Crete to sort out a problem, they stay in a rundown house owned by his family. Heavenly falls in love with the place and the people, and stays on when Hugh returns to his duties.
As she tries to rebuild the ramshackle home, Heavenly makes firm friends with Anthi, a young woman from the village and Christos, the handsome and charismatic young builder. But the dark clouds of war are gathering and the island will become a crucible of violence and bloodshed in the days to come. For Heavenly, her friends and family, it will be the greatest test they have ever known.
©2010 Brenda Reid (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Difficult to say! I read the sequel and didn't enjoy it as much as this one.
Having lived in Greece for many years I enjoyed the characterisation of the local Greek villagers, which was so true to life. The story was very moving.
Sian Thomas is an excellent narrator and brings the story to life.
The part that moved me most was when Heavenly had to give up both her baby and the love of her life.
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