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Greek Island Escape

Greek Island Escape

Why a Booktrail?

2000s, 1940s: I am Sofia. I am searching for my daughter, born 1st November 1972. Can you help me?’

  • ISBN: B07WVDJ868
  • Genre: Fiction, Historical

What you need to know before your trail

On the beautiful beaches of Crete, an old woman is handing out scraps of paper. Sofia, eighty-five years old, unable to speak, is desperate to find a daughter she has never known. After a tragic childhood in Athens and a soaring career as a singer, the brutal treatment of the man she loved by a tyrannical regime forced her to give up her daughter mere days after her birth. Now she longs to be reunited with her child before it’s too late.

Meanwhile in London, Zoe is searching too. In the months since the disappearance of her teenage daughter, Zoe’s life has crumbled apart. Her husband has left her, her son feels forgotten, and every day is a struggle. But Zoe is desperate to track her daughter down, even if she doesn’t want to be found . . .

Travel Guide

Travel to Chania and  Athens with A Greek Island Escape

The author showcases some wonderful settings in their historical context:

Chania

Most of the novel is set in Chania and you can tell the author is in love with the island and everything about it.

Chania port

To protect the town from pirates, a metal chain can be drawn aross it connecting the light house to the Fortress of Firkas on the opposite side.

Egyptian lighthouse

A short walk past the Mosque and was built by the Venetians in the 16th century. It’s called The Egyptian Lighthouse as it was built when they occupied the area. The lighthouse fell into disrepair during the Turkish occupation, but it was rebuilt in the 1800s in the form of a minaret.

The Mosque of the Janissaries

It was built in 1645 and is a religious centre with iconic pink domes. It’s also the longest surviving Ottoman building on the island. The Janissaries started out as slaves in the Ottoman Empire. Later they became the elite of all Turkish soldiers.

The author says she loves Chania and you always have to visit it more than once.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Greek Island Escape

Destination/location: Chania, Athens  Author/guide: Patricia Wilson  Departure Time: 1940s, 2000s

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