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Aphrodite's Island [Kindle Edition]

Hilary Green
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1955, Cyprus is torn apart by EOKA and Ariadne's family is deeply involved, but her heart skips the divide on seeing the young officer, Stephen Allenby, when her house is searched by the British military. They have an affair, but when it becomes known, he is sent home. In 1974 Stephen exists in a strained marriage and miserable job, but resurgence of EOKA activity affords him the opportunity to return to the island, but with his wife and young daughter in tow, where he searches for remembrances of his youth. In 1998, his daughter, Cressida, is now thirty-six and at a crossroads: her mother has died and her relationship has failed. She travels to Northern Cyprus to seek answers to the pain-filled memories of her father's disappearance. Two islands, two generations, and the duality of lovers. Aphrodite's Island gives us the eternal cycle of birth, procreation, death and regeneration through blood sacrifice.

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'Thrilling and passionate' - Goodreads.com 'Heartbreakingly realistic' - Historical Novels Review

About the Author

Hilary Green is a trained actress and spent many years teaching drama and running a youth theatre company. She has also written scripts for BBC Radio and won the Kythira short story prize. Hilary now lives in the Wirral and is a full-time writer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 589 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale; Alabama edition (31 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7JD1NE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise 7 April 2014
By Leigh
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At first I prepared myself to be disappointed by this book. Although I have read and enjoyed many of Hilary Green's books, this one was different. While most of her books are set during one of the world wars, and written in third person with a relatively vast cast of characters, this one was set between 1955-1999, written most in first person and also written mostly in present tense which has always annoyed me when I'm reading. Don't know why but it does. So one lazy morning I picked this book up saying I had to give it a chance, as the author has always captivated me with her other novels and I should give her a chance. Worst case at least I could say I tried. Before I knew it I was over halfway through the book and the lazy morning had passed virtually unnoticed into the afternoon. For the first time in months I can say I finished a book in a day, and almost in one sitting. Hilary Green certainly knows how to tell a story and my concerns, or complaints were quickly swept away. Though not set during a world war, it is hardly set during a peaceful time or place in history either. I was fascinated to read about the history of Cyprus, my prior knowledge of the island being a documentary about UN peacekeepers and a couple of travel shows. While the characters were all well drawn out, Cressida will remain with me for a long time. She was someone I was able to relate to on many levels and it will be hard to forget her anytime soon. This novel never let up on the drama, just when you thought things were slowing down something else would happen and I kept turning the pages to see how it would all end. So I am pleased to say that once again I was treated to a wonderfully written novel from the pen of Hilary Green and she has once again left me wanting more and eagerly awaiting her next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this! 25 Aug. 2014
By Viv
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This was such a good book. I've read her Follies series which I absolutely enjoyed so when I saw this I thought I'd give it a go.
I was gripped and couldn't put it down. I didn't really know the ins and outs of history of Cyprus but after reading this I was on the Internet wanting to find out more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superbly written 22 Aug. 2014
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This is the kind of book that you can't wait to finish as you want to know what happens but that paradoxically is so good that you don't want to finish it. I have been fascinated by the history of Cyprus ever since visiting many years ago. This book is so smoothly written that it barely seems fictional. The places and the era are so well brought alive and I loved the way it tells the story from 1974 to the present. One or two of the twists are perhaps predictable but in no way does this spoil the enjoyment. I will be reading more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly good read . 28 Aug. 2014
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It was a Book that I would read at Three a.m . when I couldn't sleep ...there are not many of those around .The Story unfolded in such a way that the reader has no Idea where the Story line would end up .Twists and turns ,with beautiful descriptions of Cyprus as it was in the 50s .Now I am familiar with the History , and the events that took place during that time .
I would have liked the Story Line to continue ,as for me ,it came to an abrupt end , and could have savoured a lot more intrigue .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Island memories 22 Aug. 2014
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This story was so real to me, you see I too served national service on the wonderful island of Cyprus. I was fortunate to be there when independence was brought in, peaceful times, but this very descriptive book brought back so many memories of the island and its people. Thank you Hilary for your knowledge and such detail of the northern area and the love shown in all the books characters. Excellent read for an ex NS. man.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery on Cyprus 11 Sept. 2014
By Zuleika
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Like Aphrodite herself, the island of Cyprus exercises its lazy charm over us in this intriguing novel. Our heroine is paying a recuperative visit to the island, once her childhood home, to get over her mother's recent death, and to boost her health. Whilst here she is haunted by childhood memories, and the disappearance of her father from her life, she also falls for a Turkish suitor.

The descriptions of the islands beauty are haunting, as is the mystery surrounding the heroine's early life and memories, and the source of her health problems. We are gripped by suspense as she grapples with all these problems, and the mysteries are finally cleared up. A very satisfying read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and enjoyable book 4 Oct. 2014
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ithis was the first book I have read set in the Cypriot wars.I enjoyed the story which is basically a love story but I found the references to the troubles experienced by all sides in the Cypriot uprising s particularly interesting as they were in my living memory.I would recommend this book to anyone who wants more than romance in a novel.
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Was recommended this as a good read from Hilary's newsletter. I generally prefer WW2 fiction and Hilary has done this genre superbly. Despite this not being my usual era I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was reluctant to put it down. Can't wait for her next offering
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good!
A really good holiday read-especially if you are holidaying in Cyprus! The author told a good tale and, although the outcome was glaringly obvious, it really didn't detract from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Raven
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Pleasant read, especially as I know Cyprus a bit.
Published 3 months ago by FSB
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Enjoyable read, wonderful memories of our many Greek holidays
Published 4 months ago by Janma
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book. I have spent lots of holidays on ...
Brilliant book. I have spent lots of holidays on the island which helped to identify places. Very unusual story with lots of twists and unexpected turns. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ann Keenan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
A good book for a holiday read, especially if you are going to Cyprus and know it's turbulent history. Enjoy!
Published 5 months ago by Mrs J A Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 6 months ago by jacqueline julie baker
5.0 out of 5 stars an historical novel about the power of redemptive love
Topical and current, even though it's set in the past, this book demonstrates the futility and pointlessness of religious and ethnic conflict.
Published 7 months ago by Fionna Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good light read
Published 7 months ago by Jane Allard
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Nice story, if a bit predictable. Good holiday read!
Published 8 months ago by Marlene Bibani
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Excellent, romantic story. Gripping from the first chapter. I also learnt a great deal about the recent history of Northern Cyprus.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. C. J. Orr
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