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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Zaffre (18 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785762788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785762789
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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This is a beautiful, heartbreaking story of sacrifice and love in the face of evil For The Love of Books Island of Secrets is a book full of raw emotions, family vendettas, hidden secrets and three very strong women. It's a book I enjoyed very much and one which fans of Victoria Hislop and Debbie Rix are sure to enjoy. That Thing She Reads The real highlight for me was the events of WWII and the Greek culture in a small village...an eye opening story about the events that occurred during the war. It is yet one more piece of the puzzle for me as the reader to have the opportunity to learn about how it impacted others. I still feel haunted regarding this fact long after reading the last sentence. Twin Spin

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This is a beautiful, heartbreaking story of sacrifice and love in the face of evil (For The Love of Books)

Island of Secrets is a book full of raw emotions, family vendettas, hidden secrets and three very strong women. It's a book I enjoyed very much and one which fans of Victoria Hislop and Debbie Rix are sure to enjoy. (That Thing She Reads)

The real highlight for me was the events of WWII and the Greek culture in a small village...an eye opening story about the events that occurred during the war. It is yet one more piece of the puzzle for me as the reader to have the opportunity to learn about how it impacted others. I still feel haunted regarding this fact long after reading the last sentence. (Twin Spin)

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Wow! What an amazing debut novel and an incredibly well told story that has everything you could wish for in a book.
I pre-ordered this book out of my lifelong curiosity with the Greek Islands, acquired from films such as Shirley Valentine and Mamma Mia! Not my normal read, but I was immediately drawn into a long standing historical family feud which takes Angie, some thirty seven years later, to seek out her Cretan ancestors. Wanting to unravel what has kept her mother so long away from her native Crete and deprived Angie of her relatives, she seeks to try to reunite her mother with her family.
This book is immediately appealing couched in vivid images and descriptive beauty, the island of Crete comes alive in present day with a backstory to war torn German occupancy as told by her Grandmother when she flies out to meet them. She discovers there is a family secret that most people are loath to remember, but which her 90 year old grandmother feels it’s her duty to tell. The story unfolds and is astonishing.
The formatting is flawless and seamless as the backstory comes to life and little by little she hears about her origins and it wrenches her heart. This is beautifully written and demonstrates immediately the author’s gift as a writer. If this is a debut novel we are in for a treat for future reading. Pat McDonald British Crime Author
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Island of Secrets looks like a great summer beach read. And it is. But it's more than that - much more.

There's a romance in here, and it's anchored in realistic characters, so you get your beach read pleasures, but by the time the romance winds you round its little finger by coming into the foreground, you won't want to put Island of Secrets down, because it's so many things all in one. Ambition like that shouldn't work, and from most authors, it absolutely wouldn't work. When you discover that it really works here, it's time to get excited, because clearly what you've got here is a very special story and a very special writer. This is Wilson's debut novel. I'm hooked and ready for the next one.

This is definitely a very special story. It's a family saga telling the story of three generations of women in one Greek family, and how the events of one day during World War II rocked the world of their hometown, and sent shockwaves down the generations, as horrifying secrets bend their lives out of shape and come back to haunt their family. The events that rock the town of Amiras in Crete during the war are told with terrifying realism, and you'll want to look away, and won't be able to. The impact that day has on Maria Kondulakis' family, her daughter Poppy and granddaughter Angie, is page-turning, enthralling, and heartbreaking by turns. When English-raised Angie, in our modern day, decides to confront the secrets that have silenced her family, she learns of the horrors of that day, and proves herself strong enough to conquer the darkness of the past, and build a future for her family.

Three generational family saga - check. Testament to the strength and the survival of women in spite of the ghastly brutality of men - check. Believable characters - check.
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I love this book! Just couldn't put it down. Maria's story is heartbreaking and uplifting. Knowing some of the history of Amiras, it made me sob uncontollably at times and having met some of the villagers, Patricia has truly captured their warmth & humour.
The descriptive text of the island, its villages and people, made me feel as if I was there again.
I can't wait for your next one Patricia, but at least now I can get some sleep, lol
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A long drawn out although interesting story. I think it would have been better not to have two time frames but to start way back in WWII and work forward to the present day. The description of the area and people was excellent but the story did go on and on. It was obvious what the eventual outcome would be. There were some typos in the Kindle edition but these can be passed over.
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Island of Secrets is the debut novel by Patricia Wilson which is set mostly in the Crete village of Amiras, where Patricia once lived. The novel is based on real stories from real women who lived through the unease of the Nazi occupation of the island in1943.
The story tells the history of three generations of women from one family. Angelika is planning her wedding and longs for her mother Poppy to be reunited with her Creteian relatives whom she fled from many years ago. With Poppy unwilling to reveal the secrets of her past to her daughter, Angelika sets out on a pilgrimage to Crete to meet her relatives and to try and heals the wounds in the family. When Angie meets her maternal grandmother Maria she begins to find out the family history as Maria begins to divulge the secrets she would have otherwise taken to the grave.
I found this an incredibly moving story to read, in parts I was in tears as Maria retold her story, the horror and fear which she felt was portrayed in such detail, I was hooked. Patricia Wilson has done a brilliant job in creating vivid and sometimes horrific scenes which have truly brought this story to life for me and are sure to pull at your heart strings as they did mine.
Books with a duel narrative are a particular favourite of mine when the past mixes with the present and Island of Secrets has done this wonderfully. The narrative takes two forms as Maria tells her story of the past and Angelika makes her own discoveries in the present, both strands intertwine perfectly to create a cohesive and compelling story. I loved how the towards the end there were many surprising twists, the last third of the book I couldn’t put down as I was desperate to work out all the mysteries which had come to light.
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