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Sophia's Secret (A Greek Island Mystery Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Julie Ryan
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Book Description

This is the second book in the Greek Island Mystery series. Although each book is intended to be read as a standalone, some of the characters from the first book, ‘Jennas’s Journey’, do make an appearance.
Kat has never understood why she was sent at the age of seven from Greece to live in England with her Aunt Tigi. When she receives an email from her grandmother, the first contact in over twenty years, informing her of her mother’s death, she knows this could be her last chance to find out the truth. Little by little she finds out the shocking facts as her grandmother opens her heart. It seems everyone has a secret to tell, not only her grandmother, as Manoli, her school friend, also harbours a guilty secret. Then there’s a twenty year old mystery to solve as well as a murder and what happened to the missing Church treasure?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Julie Ryan was born in a small mining village in South Yorkshire. Not venturing too far from home, she studied French Language and Literature at Hull University, where she also trained as a teacher. Then the wanderlust kicked in and she lived and worked in France, Poland, Thailand and Greece. This broadening of the mind has had an enormous impact on her writing. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and dippy cat with half a tail. She is a bookaholic with a one-click addiction.
Her Greek Island Mystery series includes 'Jenna's Journey' where Shirley Valentine meets Sliding Doors, and 'Sophia's Secret'. 'Pandora's Prophecy' the third book in the series is due out in the summer 2015. Each can be read as a standalone.

You can catch up with her via her blog at or via Twitter @julieryan18 or Facebook

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 18 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Sophia's Secret is one of those books that can make you feel like you are actually in a place. Never having been to the Greek Islands, the book instantly transported me there. The story is set in such a beautiful place, yet a place that has many secrets and many hearts that have been broken. There are a wealth of characters in this story and each is instrumental to the mystery within the book. I love books that tell a story by telling it in both the past and present. It is a family saga of sorts and poor Sophia has many burdens placed on her shoulders. Bound by Greek tradition and family loyalty, her life is not all she would wish it to be and her heart is broken. But, like every good story, the love that made Sophia the person she was to become, stays strong. Kat and Sophia are both women of different generations who fall into lives that were not their own making. Soon Kat begins to understand the reasons behind why she was sent away as a child and a process of forgiveness begins as the mysteries of the island begin to unravel and all becomes much clearer. I'd highly recommend this book. Its got more than one mystery and back story going on and keeps you on your toes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous summer read 18 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This review was first published at M's Bookshelf -

Sophia's Secret is thé perfect summer read. Julie Ryan transports you to sunny Greece and takes you on a wonderful journey through different generations.
I absolutely loved finding out more about the islanders' history and how all these different families are linked. Julie introduces us to a lot of different characters, but without it being overwhelming. Sophia's tale of the past isn't interrupted by events of the present, which makes it easy to get absorbed into her story completely. At the very end of the book there were some new 'twists' which weren't really necessary to me (& some events that 'happened' over the years seem a tiny bit far fetched at times), but didn't take away from the main story either.
I'm not a big fan of the cover... I like the picture, but I think it's the font that makes it look a bit amateurish? Sorry!
I really feel as though I know these characters and finding out Kat's family history in Sophia's Secret has been amazing. I absolutely loved reading Sophia's Secret and I would highly (!!) recommend this wonderful summer read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended! 24 Mar. 2015
By Bodicia
Format:Kindle Edition
Kat returns to her homeland of Greece having left it behind when she was a child. She is there to attend her mother’s funeral after an email informs her that her mother has died. Kat has mixed feelings about being there at all because her mother sent her away to London to live with her Aunt Tigi, never really saying why and Kat never saw her again. Curiosity gets the better of her and she takes her daughter Izzy with her whilst her husband Robert stays at home on the pretense of having to work but Kat begins to wonder if her marriage is all it could be when he becomes distant and is never at home when she calls. If that wasn’t enough to deal with she quickly realises her suspicions were correct and there is far more to her childhood departure than even she could have imagined.

This one was a good mystery which kept me guessing until the end with lots of plot twists and a satisfying back story or two. Julie Ryan gives such a tantalising view of Greek island life and community that I could picture myself there very easily. It is a complex plot which could so easily have gone awry but Julie has managed to weave almost every story thread with success. The only thing which gave me pause in the whole book was when Kat’s daughter went missing. No spoilers here but I did find the circumstances surrounding this a bit far fetched including Kat’s reaction to who had taken her. As a mother myself I think I would have been more than a little put out to say the least! However, this was a sub plot and I can overlook it somewhat as the rest of the book was very entertaining.

I don’t often mention covers but this one is absolutely beautiful and so fitting for the story. I was already in Greece mentally before I read the first page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story... 23 May 2015
By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
After an absence of over twenty years, Kat returns to Greece, with her own small daughter, ostensibly, for her mother’s funeral. Kat has painful memories of her childhood and struggles with the unsolved mystery of why she was sent, aged seven, to live with her aunt Tigi, in England. Never seeing her mother again has been painful for Kat, and the Greek island of her childhood, where she grew up, is filled with memories of a past she can barely remember. And yet , returning to the island, Kat finds that some secrets, long buried, need to be revisited, and as her grandmother starts to share her memories of the past, Kat discovers things about her family and friends that she could never have imagined.

This is a story about Greek island life and of the convoluted mysteries which can linger for generations, the repercussions of which, all too often, reverberate down through time. The story is allowed to evolve slowly and as the hidden secrets of the characters start to emerge, so the appeal of the place and its people come alive in the imagination. The clandestine feelings of long buried secrets linger throughout the novel and there are more than enough twists and turns in the plot to keep you entertained right to the end.

I think that it’s a lovely book to load onto your Kindle to pack away in your suitcase – I can almost taste the retsina, hear the cicadas and smell the bougainvillea..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good holiday read
Published 12 days ago by H. R. Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A good holiday read, transported me back to all the times I have been to the Greek Islands
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This is a story which I enjoyed , but it has taken me a long time to read it . There are so many characters , I had to keep looking back to remind myself who was who . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Skepper
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excellent story very enjoyable well written
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Clarice L Walmsley
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Suspend reality - this book is just one coincidence after another all tied up on a Greek island. Each of the strands could have made a good story - bundling so many together in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by nicegranny
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophia's Secret
Really enjoyed this read and the way characters and their stories intertwined, although I did get lost at one point towards the end when new characters were introduced. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gazeebo3
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book it was a page turner could not put down read in 2 days
Sophia’s Secret by Julie Ryan
Wow! I loved this book. 4.75 stars out of 5
It has everything you could ask for. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ANNE E WRIGHT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good mystery story, super description of Greek life, environment and culture.
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A good escapism read.
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