Welcome back to Standalone Sunday, created by Megan over at Book Slayer Reads. This is the one day of the week where we dedicate time and focus to the brilliant standalone books that grace our shelves, whether physical or digital.
This week I’ve chosen:
On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother’s past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend, and promises that through her she will learn more.
Arriving in Plaka, Alexis is astonished to see that it lies a stone’s throw from the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga – Greece’s former leper colony. Then she finds Fotini, and at last hears the story that Sofia has buried all her life: the tale of her great-grandmother Eleni and her daughters and a family rent by tragedy, war and passion. She discovers how intimately she is connected with the island, and how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip…
I’ve read quite a few mixed reviews over this but this was one of the first adult books that I read and completely fell in love with. The story tugged at my heartstrings and whenever I re-read it, I can’t put it down. What I particularly loved about this is that those characters who were sent to Spinalonga created a new life for themselves and adapted to their surroundings. They became accepting of each other and it was so nice to see that they rose up against the ignorance thrown their way.
If you like historical fiction and don’t mind changing time periods then I recommend giving this a try!
Thanks for reading and have a good day!