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on November 2, 2014

The acclaimed million-copy number one bestseller and winner of Richard & Judy’s Summer Read 2006 from Victoria Hislop is a dramatic tale of four generations, rent by war, illicit love, violence and leprosy, from the thirties, through the war, to the present day.

On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother’s past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend, and promises that through her she will learn more.

Arriving in Plaka, Alexis is astonished to see that it lies a stone’s throw from the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga – Greece’s former leper colony. Then she finds Fotini, and at last hears the story that Sofia has buried all her life: the tale of her great-grandmother Eleni and her daughters and a family rent by tragedy, war and passion. She discovers how intimately she is connected with the island, and how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip…

I picked this book for are october book club read wow what a good read . It a very touching and so well written story . The book so well researched too . The basic plot is when people got leprosy they were shipped from their home of Plaka to the island of Spinalong . You have to live in this new community wow what a community they had on this island they had no chose but to make a new life for them selfs it was so heart breaking to read at times i was so hooked on the story to see what was going to happen next how did they cope ? 

The back ground on leprosy was told so well it was so interesting to read . It will make you think about how we treat are loved ones . 
The book all about one families lives the mum had to go to spinalonga she leaves behind two daughters they were so opposite to each other we get to hear about all their different lives and how things were for them my heart when out to them 

You will feel compassion for those who had suffered but also for those that were left behind 
The description of the places were very good you could see them all in your mind i did find the historically real parts of the story so interesting . 

All the character were very good but i would of like them to have a bit more dept to them . You do become absorbed in the story .i did feel some of the action were predictable at times but that did not stop me from enjoying this book .i did find the story very gripping at times i just wanted to read more to see what was going to happen 
I would recommend you this book 
I would of liked a bit more of the ending i wanted it to carry on a bit more but what a great read it was 
I hope you all enjoy reading are October book club read ? 
What did you all think of it ? 
4 stars read enjoy pass on


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