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Island of Secrets

Narrated by: Julie Maisey
Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
4.5 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)

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Summary

A beautiful, heartbreaking story of sacrifice and love in the face of evil.

'The story started at dawn on the 14th of September, 1943....'

All her life, London-born Angelika has been intrigued by her mother's secret past. Now planning her wedding, she feels she must visit the remote Crete village her mother grew up in.

Angie's estranged elderly grandmother, Maria, is dying. She welcomes Angie with open arms - it's time to unburden herself and tell the story she'll otherwise take to her grave. It's the story of the Nazi occupation of Crete during the Second World War, of horror, of courage and of the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her children. And it's the story of bitter secrets that broke a family apart and of three enchanting women who come together to heal wounds that have damaged two generations.

©2017 Patricia Wilson (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Amazing sto

Difficult to stop listening
I will not forget this book.
Makes one think .we are so lucky.

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Brilliant and Very Touching

A Brilliant Read. such a touching g story with the Greek With to lift the spirit.

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Really Enjoyable!

Almost returned the book because I didn't immediately warm to the narrator. However, got used to it and I loved the book! Fantastic double story between present day and the 1940s and couldn't wait to hear more and see how the story unravelled. Poignant the fact it's based on real life events through the war, but that for me makes it even more addictive. Would definitely recommend.

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Great book

I learnt a lot about the history of Crete during the war, lord of tragedy but happiness too

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Terrible narration and repetitive narrative

I can't seem to finish this book, it is repetitive and a dull story with an awful main character. I bought it because i love Victoria Hislop's books and this was recommended but it's terrible - what makes it worse is the performance by the narrator - lots of shrieking which made it painful to listen to. Really disappointed.

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A wonderful book told so well with such love

i enjoyed every moment of this book it opened my eyes to the shocking way in which more innocent people lost their lives to the nazis...disgusting vile creatures!
i cried more than once and i feel i now want to visit the memorial and pay my respects.

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loved it

a story of many secrets which slowly unravel.
some mention of the terrible war which brought heartache to a Greek village called Crete.
a lot of twist and turns and educational.
sad and happy events.


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Island of secrets

Lovely book keep you interested all the while as there is some think happening all the time.

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Poorly written

I found the only redeeming feature of this book are the historical references, hence the two stars. Unfortunately the rest of the book is completely ridiculous and far too try hard. The main character is not relatable as a 37yr old woman, far too many clichés and coincidences.

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Good but I like eveuion like poor to loved

This the grow up only some not to live others to care about other nether