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Daughter of the Winds by [Bunt, Jo]
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About the Author

Jo Bunt was born in Cyprus to British parents the year after the Turkish invasion. It therefore made sense to her that her first novel should be set there. On her family's return to England Jo went to school in Nottingham, university in Hull and worked as a recruitment consultant in London. A shift in priorities led Jo to move to Derbyshire where she now lives with her husband and her twin boys. This change of pace has enabled Jo to concentrate on her two great loves: her family and her writing. 'Daughter of the Winds' is her debut novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3226 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GK4GRFW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,369 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wow! I've just finished this and absolutely loved it. The descriptions of Cyprus of the then and now were so descriptive and accurate. My step mother is Greek Cypriot and a teenager when the invasion happened. She and My Yaiyai have told me a lot over the years about that time and how it affected them and their community. Reading this made it even more real and gave me an even better understanding of the conflict.

The way Jo Bunt switched between present day and 1974 was very well done, with the two lead characters stories overlapping and entwining very well.

A great book to read, and if you've ever been to Cyprus it will become familiar. If you haven't been, it will make you want to go.

A fantastic debut novel.
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good story line. enjoyed the book
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Great read
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In the Cyprus of 1974 Prudence, a young and pregnant army wife, is caught up in the fighting between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots following the Turkish Forces invasion of Cyprus. Pru, a little self-centred, was unprepared for the realities of married life and impending motherhood. Her world was turned upside down by a tragic event and she is compelled to flee Cyprus with a baby, but not her own.

Thirty some years later Leni, a food journalist, is in Cyprus having persuaded her boss she should write about Greek cuisine. She is actually trying to find out about her past after having suffered a personal tragedy and a totally unexpected and shocking discovery, which causes her to re-evaluate her life. Leni is resolute in her determination to visit Valrosha, the area of Famagusta which is now totally out-of-bounds to the public and is also the place where she was born. She feels a desperate need to understand where she came from and to find out about her birth family.

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The two stories, one of Pru written in the third person and the other of Leni, written in the first, are woven together extremely well and give an understanding of both women and what motivates them. Given what happened to Pru, she did what she thought she had to and Leni has the overwhelming compulsion to delve into her past after such a startling revelation.

The writing is very descriptive and visual giving a real insight into the terrible suffering and tragedies of the invasion, something I knew virtually nothing about but found very interesting. I enjoyed very much the picture Jo Bunt paints of the Greek culture, the island itself....and the food! It’s all depicted so well and in-depth.

I like that, in the end, Leni realises it’s the people in her life that matter, the love and even the loss has made her the person she is and the love a mother has for her child is not always about blood ties.
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Kept wanting to read more and that is the best quality in any book. Also it is a bit of modern history I knew nothing about so that was a bonus. A well plotted, interesting read with good characters as well. Well worth a look.
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Beautifully written by Jo and a great plot. The story line reminds me of my mothers experience in 1963. She was 19 years old, married to my RAF Dad and pregnant with me on a strange little Island called Cyprus. The EOKA troubles were in full swing and I was born 3 months after she arrived. My parents lived in Famagusta and were evacuated on many occasions but failed to turn up at one mustering point as they were busy partying at my mothers Greek hairdressers wedding! Let's just say dad was in a large amount of trouble! Well done Jo for capturing the mood of the time. Buy this book you won't be disappointed.
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By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2014
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This multi generational story weaves together the present day story of Leni as she returns to Cyprus to discover the truth about her family, in order to lay the ghosts of the past and to find out what happened during the political unrest of 1974 when Leni's adoptive mother Pru, fled the island with a baby that didn't belong to her. Leni's attempt to piece together the fragments of her past opens up a story of secrets, lies and devastating loss.

I enjoyed the story, there is nice attention to detail and the Cypriot culture both past and present is imaginatively described. The present day island comes alive with stunning descriptions of food and hospitality. The warmth of the Cypriot sunshine infuses the pages with a compassion which is in direct contrast to the description of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. Overall, the fine distinction between factual evidence is nicely blended with an interesting fictional story and both time frames blend together quite well.

An enjoyable story written in the easy style of Victoria Hislop, I think the combination of history and sunshine makes this an ideal holiday read.
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Great book! Really enjoyed this! Don't want to say too much about the story as it would spoil it for any potential readers. I will say however, that this is an exceptionally well written novel that has a depth of feel about it that succeeds in transporting you to a time and place that would be unfamiliar to most. I also find that you begin to care about what happens to the characters, which is something that many novels and even films do not manage.
I hope to see many more offerings from Jo in the future!
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