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Secrets of Santorini: Escape to the Greek Islands with this gorgeous beach read Paperback – 1 July 2019

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'Perfect', 'beautiful', 'inspirational', 'compelling', plenty of action', 'can't wait to read another!', 'spectacular', 'gripping', 'heartbreaking' . . . ― Readers on ISLAND and VILLA

One for the suitcase - whether real or imaginary. You'll feel you're in Greece as soon as you start reading. ― FROST Magazine

Packed with intrigue, danger and romance, Wilson's passion for the classics and an endless fascination with foraging into the vibrant corners of history, this is a poignant and beautifully written story best read on a sunlounger with a glass of chilled ouzo ― Lancashire Telegraph

For a heart-warming book to pack in your holiday bag look no further than Secrets of Santorini- a story that will whisk you away to the picturesque Greek island and immerse you in its ancient history ― CultureFly

About the Author

Patricia Wilson was born in Liverpool, has lived on Crete and is now settled on Rhodes. She was first inspired to write when she unearthed a rusted machine gun in her garden - one used in the events that unfolded during World War II on the island of Crete. The now elderly women involved in those events told Patricia their story, and her celebrated debut Island of Secrets (150k copies sold) was the result. Villa of Secrets (60k copies sold) was inspired by documents found in a secret room in a police station in Rhodes detailing the fate of the Jews on the island in 1944. Secrets of Santorini is inspired by frescoes found on Santorini.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Zaffre (1 July 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1785768972
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1785768972
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Patricia Wilson is English, born on the Wirral, Cheshire. She retired to Greece over 25 years ago where she renovated a dilapidated village house whilst observing the Greek way of life and absorbing the culture. She learned Greek dancing and cookery, and enriched her love for poetry, photography, and painting. It was only a matter of time before she started writing.

While living in this remote mountain village on the island of Crete, she dug up a rusted machine gun in her garden. After taking the weapon to the local kafenio, the locals told her the terrible history behind it. She had already started to write this sorry tale when, a couple of months later, the elderly village women came knocking on her door to tell their own, personal accounts of those heart-breaking events. After investigating further, she wrote ISLAND of SECRETS, a family saga based on real events that took place in her village in September 1943. In a matter of weeks, ISLAND of SECRETS sold six figures in Europe and was published in five languages.

Less than a year later, Patricia had moved to the Greek island of Rhodes where she wrote her second novel, VILLA of SECRETS. This was also a family saga based on a true story of injustice that took place on Rhodes. Walk through the castellated city of Rhodes Old Town and see the area where 2,000 Jews were rounded up by the Axis. Even as she wrote the story, new evidence came to light. A door in the main police station was unlocked for the first time in 70 years and some amazing documents appeared. VILLA of SECRETS received rave reviews and went straight into the Sunday Times top 15 books.

Patricia Wilson's next novel was influenced by a piece of pottery bearing mysterious symbols. While investigating what it might be about, she discovered the ancient history of Santorini according to legend, and the life-size frescoes that illustrate the writings of Plato. She discovered that Santorini, an island once ruled by women, had a strong connection to Crete and involved a great mystery regarding the disappearance of its people. SECRETS of SANTORINI came out in 2019 and remains a best seller.

2020 brought Patricia's forth novel, GREEK ISLAND ESCAPE, and corona virus! The closure of all bookshops arrived with the pandemic. Nevertheless, the reviews have been outstanding. Patricia says this is because we can all put ourselves in the position of a mother searching for her missing daughter. GREEK ISLAND ESCAPE revolves around epic events in Athens and Crete and takes place at one of the most difficult times in Greek history: the 60's and 70's. Once again, it is inspired by a true story. A tragic time for Greece, and an agonizing love story.

April 2021 brought us Patricia's next novel which hit the bookshops and supermarket shelves running. SUMMER IN GREECE concentrates on the story of a trainee nurse, Gertie Smith in WW1, and Titanic's sistership HMHS Britannic, built by the White Star Line in Belfast and sailing out of Liverpool. Shelly Summer discovers great-grandmother Gertie’s memoirs after her death.

'This is my favourite novel to date, not only for the story, but also because I learned so much while completing the research. Also, it was wonderful to visit the lesser-known islands of Kea and Syros, which are both beautifully unique.'

Patricia Wilson's next novel will be available in April 2022. The location is an island so small and inimitable, most people have never heard of it, yet at one time, 9,000 Greeks lived there. Also, for the intrepid explorer, a free ferry runs twice a week from the island of Rhodes. This is another story based on epic events in Greek history. Olivia travels from Brighton to Greece to try and uncover the secrets her mother and grandmother kept from her. Will the abandoned factory that once made precious oils reveal clues to the wartime tragedy of her ancestors? Are the terrible whispers about the British soldiers true?

'I’m thrilled when a reader tells me she enjoyed my novels, particularly if she leaves a review on Amazon. After all, I spend a whole year researching and writing for my audience, it's good to know I haven't wasted my efforts. Best wishes, Patricia.'

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