The Girl Under the Olive Treeby Leah Fleming
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FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE LAST PEARL AND DANCING AT THE VICTORY CAFE, this is a beautiful novel about family secrets, wartime betrayals and redemption.
May 1941 and the island of Crete is invaded by paratroopers from the air. After a lengthy fight, thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers are forced to take to the hills or become escaping PoWs, sheltered by the Cretan villagers.
Sixty years later, Lois West and her young son, Alex, invite feisty Great Aunt Pen to a special eighty-fifth birthday celebration on Crete, knowing she has not been back there since the war.
Penelope George - formerly Giorgidiou - is reluctant to go but is persuaded by the fact it is the 60th anniversary of the Battle. It is time for her to return and make the journey she never thought she'd dare to. On the outward voyage from Athens, she relives her experiences in the city from her early years as a trainee nurse to those last dark days stranded on the island, the last female foreigner.
When word spreads of her visit, and old Cretan friends and family come to greet her, Lois and Alex are caught up in her epic pilgrimage and the journey which leads her to a reunion with the friend she thought she had lost forever - and the truth behind a secret buried deep in the past...
Praise for Leah Fleming
'I enjoyed it enormously.It's a moving and compelling story about a lifetime's journey in search of the truth' RACHEL HORE
'A born storyteller' KATE ATKINSON
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Meet the Author
Leah Fleming was born in Lancashire and is married with three sons and a daughter. She writes from an old farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales and an olive grove in Crete.
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I lived in Ano Chersonossis (near Chania) for a few years in the 80's and last visited in 2001. This book brought so many memories to the surface. I've seen the graveyards and knew the history, but this book brought that era to life for me. The people of Crete are courageous and generous to a fault. They have a deep love of country and national pride, but will treat total strangers like long lost family. I also lived in Germany for 15 years and understand it is a country that will willingly spend a lifetime trying to live down its contribution to history. This book captured the human side of this tragic piece of our past.
Much more than a romance novel. An insightful depiction of the many turbulences of war, coming of age, independence, sacrifice, forgiveness, and redemption. This is a story that makes the fight of the resistance in Greece come to life. And a book you will not want to put down until you have read the very last line. A book you will not soon forget.
Loved every minute of the story! I felt that I was living there with all the people. Well done.
This was a great historical fiction story about war and brave members of the Resistance in Greece. Loved the way the story came all the way to the present time so that you knew what happened to the characters. The book was a bit wordy at times and I found myself having to skim sections of boring descriptions. But so glad I kept reading. Great story!!
Interesting story but the characters are wooden, and the novel needed a good editor to excise 150 pages.
There were many stories from different parts of the world especially in the eary days of war that are more or less forgotten books of fiction and non fiction especially about those who were civilians one was about the daughter of an american wife of a japanese diplomate caught in japan of those who got to india "funniest" was the "black" son of a mixed marriage diplomate and german who wondered why he couldnt get into any hitler youth organizations