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Brenda Reid
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14 Feb 2013

It is the late 1960s and after her strict English boarding school, Angel is delighted to be back on Crete, the island she loves. She and her friend Chrissi are planning to spend the long summer days as they've always done before, hanging out together, playing pranks on their unsuspecting neighbours and generally running wild on the mountainside.

But when tragedy strikes at the heart of Angel's family, she and Chrissi resolve to run away together. For two girls on the brink of womanhood, the turmoil that is Greece at that time makes it a dangerous place to be. As Angel falls in love, tragedy strikes a second time...

Following the success of THE HOUSE OF DUST AND DREAMS, Brenda Reid draws us back to Crete in this delightful coming of age story.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (14 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409120287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409120285
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Danger, love and politics play their part in this well-written, atmospheric story (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS)

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A beautiful, atmospheric novel set in the heat of Crete from the author of the highly acclaimed THE HOUSE OF DUST AND DREAMS.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is an extraordinary, touching, often funny, occasionally disturbing and very moving sequel to Brenda Reid's first book 'The House of Dust and Dreams', which I also enjoyed hugely. Just as that book was, it is written with great delicacy, vibrancy, understanding and love - for a place that she obviously knows well.
It is not rushed, and you shouldn't read it in a rush either. It's the sort of novel that should be savoured - every landscape, every character, every description of how it must have been to live in the Greece of the Colonels. In book one it was the war, in book two a later era, in many ways just as dangerous, the years of the 'Junta', when, as in the war, the tenacity and resourcefulness of the Greek people - ordinary people like you and I - were put to the test; just as such things are being tested again right now, which makes this story searingly relevant.
You don't HAVE to read the first novel to thoroughly enjoy this one, but I suggest that if you haven't you do. As in the first book, Brenda Reid brilliantly writes with two very distinct voices; that of Aphrodite (Anthi in novel one), a long suffering but never despondent wife and mother living in a small village in South East Crete, getting by as best she can under the ever intrusive eyes of the Junta's 'spies' (the 'malakas' - I won't translate!), and that of Angel, the fifteen-year-old daughter of Evadne (the Heavenly of the first book, who reappears here), a wilful, confused, rebellious, sometimes annoying but essentially good-hearted English girl (or is she? there's the mystery at the story's heart).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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`Heavenly's Child' is a haunting story of life in a small Cretan Village (and in Athens) during the Greek Military Junta of 1967 - 1974. Knowing Crete well, I have often wondered what everyday life under the Colonels might have been like in a small Cretan village and whether the villagers managed to escape the horrors that occurred on the mainland. I was also curious about how hippie life in the caves of Crete could have coexisted with such a regime. Brenda Reid tells a moving story of this period. She has done her research well, writing with passion, authenticity and touching emotional insight.

Having enjoyed reading `House of Dust and Dreams' I nervously approached its sequel wondering if it could be as good as the first....it was at least as good, if not better. From the outset I was caught up in the story of the return of Heavenly's child, Angel, to her Cretan mountain village and of Anthi, whose daughter is Angel's friend. The humorous adventures of the girls growing into young women are balanced beautifully with the horror and the brutality of the Regime and the relentless fear in the village that every act is being observed and reported. I was so caught up in the story that I read it non-stop and found myself in tears from time to time.

`Heavenly's Child' is far more than a holiday read. It is a well-researched account of a fascinating and terrible period in Greek history as well as a compassionate coming-of age story with a compelling underlying mystery. I enjoyed it and recommend it to everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 17 May 2013
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I chose to give the book 4 stars because I love the way Brenda Reid writes. "The house of dust and dreams " was a so good. I couldn't put the book down! That is why I wanted to read the follow-up "heavenly's child " . I would recommend it and looked forward to picking the book up, wanting to know what would happen next.
Not as good as house of dust and dreams but if you love Greece/Crete (I do!) Then you will love these books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be transported! 18 Oct 2012
This follow up was well worth waiting for. Really lovely descriptions of Crete and typical family living - interestingly done with the Greek side and the English side given to each of the situations. Lovely evocative descriptions of life and times in Crete - I did actually want to run away to the Caves on the beach with the hippies! I should say you need to read the first book first to know the characters you are faced with and if you can manage big chunks at a time you will be immersed in Cretan life and sunshine. Great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sequel to The House of Dust and Dreams 2 Nov 2013
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This book is not quite as good as her previous book but it does conclude as to what happened to Heavenly
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5.0 out of 5 stars still reading it but....... 18 July 2013
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......great sequel to "The House of Dust and Dreams" and well written. Really enjoying reading this story and have a job to put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 9 Jun 2013
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Loved this book. Loved the plot and the setting could actually envisage that I was in Greece - fabulous read. This is the second book I have read by Brenda Read loved them both
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