This is a wonderful family story set mainly on an island off Greece in the Aegean Sea. It starts out present day with Anna who is struggling in her marriage and with the recent death of her mother so she decides to travel with her dad back to the Greek island of his birth. It is there that she discovers the true story of her family's history before, during, and after WWII broke out. Family secrets, love, loss, and survival are all wrapped up in this compelling tale and the setting is magical. It makes you question how well do you really know your parents lives before they became your parents.
Anna thought her marriage to Max would last forever. Having raised two happy children together, she looked forward to growing old with the man she loved. But when a revelation from her husband just before their wedding anniversary shakes her entire world, she's left uncertain of what the future holds. Needing time to herself, Anna takes up an offer from her widowed father to spend the summer on the small Aegean island of his birth, unaware that a chance discovery of letters in her aunt's house will unleash a host of family secrets. Kept hidden for 60 years, they reveal a tumultuous family history, beginning in Greece at the beginning of the 20th century and ending in Naples at the close of World War II. Confronted by their family's long-buried truths, both father and daughter are shaken by the discovery and Anna begins to realize that if she is to ever heal the present, she must first understand the past.
About the Author
Nadia Marks (nee Kitromilides, which in Greek means bitter lemons) was born in Cyprus, but grew up in London. An ex-creative director and associate editor on a number of leading British women's magazines, she is now a novelist and freelance writer.
"Brimming with joy, sadness, and intrigue." —Sunday Post
"My book of the year. An utterly gripping story of love and family secrets." —Vanessa Feltz, British television personality