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The Girl Under the Olive Tree Paperback – 1 September 2018
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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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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK; Reissue edition (1 September 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1471178587
- ISBN-13 : 978-1471178580
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.65 x 19.8 cm
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The strength and courage shown by the characters of Penny and Yolanda to endure the hardships, and loss and the determination to overcome and make a difference for good no matter of personal cost, makes this book such a compelling one to read.
Leah uses a delicate touch as her storyline weaves the different characters in her storyline , which shines a light on the dark times endured by so many during occupation. The risks , and heroism that so many brave people showed and their actions to help others, as well as the suffering caused to so many.
The historical facts were very interesting and put into the story so beautifully. I learned a lot about Crete I didn't know before.
I just loved it and highly recommend it to everyone.