The Magic In The Receiver Paperback – 7 Jul 2012
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I liked Ben, then I didn't, then I did again. I would give him a couple of days of my time and if I managed to become his 'one' I'd probably feel fulfilled. He'd be worth a punt and I found him very real and intriguing. I wanted to know more about him, but Dillon told me enough. Next time I'm in Fiskardo I'm wearing an olive dress ;)
Elena's character was interesting, she's at the cusp of woman hood, making decisions she doesn't want to yet, in a place where decisions shouldn't have to be made. I love that she's torn between being responsible and being in love on and with the island. God made Kefalonia as a place which has the ability to throw people's minds into turmoil, to challenge what they believe and to cause them to enter into some introspective reflection. Go there but don't expect to come back unchanged. I love that this happend to Elena, so many people I know who visit Kefalonia or live there express the same things she was feeling. The author captured this perfectly.
I loved the jumps from the romance to the story of little Yanni and his experience of a terrible act of God.Read more ›
Dillon has clearly been fascinated by the history of this region and has based his book on the testimony of some of Kefalonia's earthquake survivors which gives it an appealing authenticity. More than that, he creates an evocative picture of this island - its azure sea and iconic beaches, blistering under an August sun, a sensual backdrop to what is an unexpected love story between young, sexy Greek American Elena Katros, bewitched with her ancestral home, its turbulent past, and rich, enigmatic American tourist Ben Anderson.
This is a light and a lovely portrait not only of Greek island life but of what it means to be young, in love and faced with enticing possibilities. As someone who has lived in Greece and written about it as well, for me, Dillon's book is also a timely reminder of how this country, despite its historic turmoil and its current crisis is still a ravishing prospect for just about everyone who sets foot on its shores, and has the power to transform lives. The magic here certainly worked for me!
That said, it's a very good well written book. I'm a regular visitor to Kefalonia and can vouch that the descriptions are accurate.
I actually read this whilst on Kefalonia.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More like Mills and Boon...v disappointing...felt like the author got as bored as I was by the end oof the bookPublished 8 months ago by Ms Hilary Adkin
Bitterly disappointed in this book. You are bounced backwards and forwards in time for no valid reason, and whilst the earthquake sections are interesting i just didn't care about... Read morePublished 17 months ago by D Bridges
I love this book. Will certainly look out for more books by this author
Really got into this book and couldn't put it down - as I have been to Kefalonia it took me back - loved it - BUT the end was so so disappointing - I could not believe it ended... Read morePublished 21 months ago by nimrat