Author(s): Patricia Wilson
If you love The Island by Victoria Hislop and The Villa in Italy by Elizabeth Edmondson , you will love this perfect summer read. 'The story started at dawn on the fourteenth 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. What readers are saying about Island of Secrets: 'Island of Secrets is a book full of raw emotions, family vendettas, hidden secrets and three very strong women. It's a book I enjoyed very much and one which fans of Victoria Hislop and Debbie Rix are sure to enjoy.' (NetGalley Reviewer) 'So well written and utterly heartbreaking ...a story that needs to be told' (NetGalley Reviewer) 'Page-turning, enthralling and heartbreaking by turns.' 'Made me laugh and cry, just couldn't put this book down.'
A thrilling, dramatic and completely engaging tale of love, hope, intrigue and revenge on the island of Crete, as grandmother, mother and daughter unlock the secrets of tragic events during the Nazi occupation. A luxurious and intelligent summer escape.
Patricia lived in the village of Amiras in Crete where the book is set. She was inspired to write when she unearthed a machine gun in her garden - one used in the events that unfolded in September 1943, and much of the novel is based on real stories told to her by the oldest women of Amiras. Women who've never spoken of their experiences before. Patricia still spends much of her time in Greece. This is her debut novel.