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Summary

A cherished heirloom reveals the destinies of three generations of women in a powerful saga of lost love by the bestselling Greek author of The House by the River.

After years spent in Germany struggling to come to terms with a dispirited and abusive past, Fenia Karapanos has returned to her roots in Greece. Her estranged grandfather has bequeathed her his villa in Athens, a gesture she assumes is reparation for having disowned her late mother. After taking in a grateful Syrian refugee to help her restore the property - and her life - Fenia discovers a collection of love letters hidden under the floorboards, reaching back nearly a century. In each one, Fenia unfolds another piece of her broken family history. 

But it’s Fenia’s solicitous cousin, Melpo, who offers more to the story than Fenia can imagine. Melpo shares everything she knows - about Fenia’s grandmother and mother, their elusive and heartbreaking searches for happiness, and two families linked across decades by betrayal, secrets, abandonment, and forbidden love. It upends everything Fenia believed was true about her family. But it could also draw her closer to finding self-fulfillment - and a place to call home.

©2017 by Lena Manta. Translation © 2019 by Gail Holst-Warhaft. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • bulldogmomma
  • 27-07-19

What a wonderful story!

Such a masterfully told story...so completely magical. Anything, everything by this author takes you to another place and pulls you in. But this is the best.

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  • SGG
  • 13-01-20

Saccharine Love Story

I went to school in Athens and lived in the same neighborhood as some of the characters so I slogged through this book. The narrator's male voices were just odd. The story line was predictable. The female characters were, actually all the characters were two dimensional. This is definitely a romance and that's not my genre.

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  • marybethfort
  • 23-09-19

The Greek ways

I really loved the love story. The family saga really fascinated me. The charterers especially the women were well developed.

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  • Vanessa Y
  • 01-09-19

Beautiful Story

Beautiful story of love had & lost. Sadness because of circumstances, but a great story until the end. Beautiful, I loved it!!

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  • Evelyn Schumacher
  • 01-07-19

Touching

This was an excellent book filled with touching details and many twists and turns. Recommend highlyl

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  • Gail
  • 16-03-20

Predictable, bombastic and oppressive

I really wanted to like this book based on the narrative. The story was predictable and the ending pretty unsatisfying. The manner in which every male character was portrayed and narrated was bombastic and the text draconian. This makes Greek men appear to be unfeeling, prideful bullies. Maybe they are but it was exaggerated and overly narrated. I finished it but I will be returning it.

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  • Ms. Jay B
  • 01-07-19

Narrator sucks

Not very human like the narrator sounds like a robot's mother😅😠want my 1.99 back Lol😯😤😡

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  • Stephanie Smith
  • 11-07-19

Eek! I couldn't finish this one!

Too wordy, anxed, and she reads it's too airy. It was hard to get through the the first chapter. like she was on the verge of crying. ugh. sorry.

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  • Linda Sue
  • 21-12-20

Fabulous book!

I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book from beginning to end. The author is a masterful writer. I loved the storyline and learning about the Turkish and Greek cultures.

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  • Mary Kay Davis
  • 30-07-20

So good.... but the names! 😬

From other reviewers, I knew keeping all the names straight would be an issue for me, so I thought I was prepared. About 1/3 of the way through I gave up and just enjoyed the book. I wish I’d drawn out a family tree from the beginning though, because by the end of the book, I still wasn’t clear on who was who. It was beautifully written - the confusion was strictly my own problem.