The new novel from Victoria Hislop, the million-copy best-selling author of The Island, The Thread, and The Return.
In the summer of 1972, Famagusta, in Cyprus, is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island's most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Özkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city's façade of glamour and success, tension is building.
When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story.
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I have read all Victoria Hislops novels and enjoyed them all, part from the short stories.
This one I felt was well behind the others. I kept waiting for the story to become really interesting, but it didn't. It was enjoyable enough to keep listening, but only just. Compared to the The Last Dance, the Thread et al. It was much weaker than her other books.
The narration was also not as good and it seemed that the narrator didn't relax until the last third of the book. Poor ending also. Disappointing.
I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend. I had pre ordered it as I enjoyed The Island by Victoria Hislop but it did not live up to my expectations. Frankly, I found it a little boring. I didn't engage with the characters and didn't care much what happened to them.
It was a part of recent history about which I was mostly ignorant so it was interesting to learn about what happened within my lifetime. I found the characters the least interesting.
Monotonous, soothing, lacklustre
No, I wouldn't bother reading a follow up.
In my opinion although significant events were described, I just found the book somewhat boring and in the final parts I was looking forward to finishing it just so I could start a different Audible book.
I loved The Return by this author and have read the others too. I just couldn't finish this as it seemed so trite. I gave it a good try as I know the others have "built up" into an interesting theme. The beauty of Aphrodite - the heroine - her feistiness - I was waiting for Marcos (her future secretive lover no doubt) to stride out of the water in a wet t-shirt........... Sorry, but I have to give it back!
I am a librarian who hasn't got enough time to read all the exciting books available so Audible helps me achieve this!
Yes, a moving family saga.
It was sad in places.
I remember this happening at the time.
This is yet another great book by Victoria Hislop. Historically informative with an emotional portrayal of the difficulties of two families suffering during the troubled times of Cyprus
Yes, I have enjoyed all her other books and hope the next one would be better
The book was well read it's just the story that was poor.
This book was definitely not up to the standard of Victoria Hislop's previous books. It was well researched but the story was boring and the characters uninteresting and frequently quite unpleasant. I was most disappointed.
I didn't know anything about Cyprus history before I listened to this story. Well told and performed. Tragedy, drama, loss, all types of human feeling crammed into this story.
Outlining refugees and what today's refugees may have lost too.
Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Would like to read more on Cyprus history too.
It seemed to start off slowly and with a bit of a chick lit read but then it really got into the guts of the invasion and the ramifications for people and the place.
The historical content as informative as ever and the characters so vivid.
A great read once you get into it
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