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Community Level 3Wisegirl



AdvantagesA fantastic Read

Disadvantages Only that it is hard to put down !

"...to be disappointed. Set on the Greek Island of Crete and the Island of Spinalonga (north coast of Crete) which was a leper colony from 1903-1957. I am interested in family history as is Alexis who is puzzled about her Mother Sophia's family history. Her quest takes her to Crete and Spinalonga to uncover the tragic truth about her mother's family. The novel has love, deceit, life,death, happiness and much sadness. Leprosy is not an illness we ..." Read review

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Community Level 1Crowdpleaser


Not how I expected it to be but brilliant!

AdvantagesA thought provoking and entertaining Read

DisadvantagesRichard and Judy Book Club tag might put people off!

"...Tesco just because I liked the front cover. Probably not the greatest method of selected stuff to stimulate the grey matter but thats how I work! This is the story of the island of Spinalonga, the Cretain Leper colony. Everything written about Spinalong as far as I can make out is true. However the writer has humanised it by giving us a survivors story to enjoy (a bit of a James Cameron's Titanic story really!). It is about a girls trip to Greece ..." Read review

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Community Level 2bec54


Fantastic first novel for Victoria Hislop!

AdvantagesVery atmosheric - felt as though I was living it with the main characters

DisadvantagesMade me cry

"...it comes to looking at the paperback charts in WhSmiths. This book was one that I had bought myself and also received as a Christmas present from her, and I found it very difficult to put down and she found the same after borrowing it. Normally, you can tell when you've picked up an author's first novel, but this left me thinking well after closing the last page, and made me go away and do my own research into the Island of Spinalonga. Victoria ..." Read review

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Community Level 1AliGrace


The Island

AdvantagesSatisfying and invites the reader to feel an array of emotions throughout.

DisadvantagesFinishing it, I had no other books with me!

"...one of those let downs. The narrative travels back through time to tell the story of Alexis's ancestors, giving her the answers she needs in order her gain courage to move on with her life in the present day. The plot moved fast enough to keep you interested in the absorbing story. It was marked with tragedy throughout but with enough glimmers of hope to prevent it from becoming tiring and depressing. The theme of hope adds an emotive depth to ..." Read review

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