I have really enjoyed reading this book, I also enjoyed the Island. But I feel that although this has its romantic factor, it gives a rather more realiststic view of life on the island. The similarities between the books lead me to wonder whether Victoria Hyslop used any of Bery Darbys other book, which is the history of Spinalonga, in her novel. I have passed Yannis onto a number of friends all of whom have enjoyed it enormously. Their only critical point,one I would stress I do not share, is the sheer size of the book can be somewhat daunting, particularly as a holiday read.
Having visited Spinalonga some years ago not only attracted me Yannis, but gave me a true insight into how life must have been, for those sent to the Island - not just its size but the closeness to the mainland.
I am now reading the second in the series Anna ( I believe that there are five books in all) and am enjoying this as much as I enjoyed Yannis. I have found that like the first book it is hard to put down once started. Infact one friend liked Yannis so much she read it solidly in three days.
I believe that Beryl Darby has had to publish these books herself, and therefore, they will not necessarily get the distribution which I feel they deserve.
If you enjoyed the Island, then I think you will find this equally compeling