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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: MWiDP (7 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908961392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908961396
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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What a superb book. Such easy reading, not greatly developed characters but there was enough. Sometimes less is more and I like to use my imagination. Elena seems pretty fickle, but I was Elena once upon a time, her dilemma was something I identified with, men wanting her is part of every pretty young girl's life and I think the author dealt with that really sensitively. I'd have been on that yacht in a heartbeat, they're on holiday and the Island of Kefalonia has a spirit of its own that makes you do things you might not normally do, it takes over and makes you feel things you didn't feel. Go there if you've not been!

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.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating tale set on the Greek island of Kefalonia. It is a modern love story woven into the events of the past, namely the devastating earthquake of 1953 that destroyed most of this elegant Ionian island. The story touches on two generations of the Katros family, the first caught up in the earthquake and its tragic aftermath. Most of the family's surviving members were evacuated to America and 50 years later, the survivors and their children are together on Kefalonia to commemorate this event during the feast day of the island's patron saint, St Gerasimos. It's a time of powerful emotions, unexpected revelations and closure.

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!
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This story really captivated me. It’s one of those books that you can sink into, like a warm bath, and never want to get out. If I have one nit-pick, the ending came too quickly, leaving me wanting more or perhaps a sequel to look forward to. This book felt like the literary equivalent of a film – very atmospheric.
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This could have been a good book. The descriptions of the earthquake and its aftermath, the effect it had on the characters - all well written. Unfortunately the other main subjects are, to a woman, self - obsessed airheads. Perhaps the place to read this book is on a bareboat holiday in the Ionian, with the option of ditching it in the sea when the irritation factor becomes too great. Pity.
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This book is 3 stories. I would have preferred them as en separate tales rather than being intertwined as there is no reason for the jumping back and forth through time.

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.
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Very well written book, if you have never been to Kefalonia, you would think you had, as the description of the place is amazing. The book starts with the Father as a child in the eathquake that happened in Greece, and how and why he took his grown up Daughter for the first time to Kefalonia to see all his family. The story then continues with what happens with the Daughter and who she meets whilst in there.
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Sorry - this was a dreadful book in my opinion.the descriptions of the scenery were quite evocative & the back story about the earthquake was quite interesting but the main 2 characters were flat & completely unlikeable.I hate to give up on a book but this one was actually irritating me each time I went back to it so I had to give up!
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