THE GIRL UNDER THE OLIVE TREE

THE GIRL UNDER THE OLIVE TREE

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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...
ISBN: 9780857204066
Branch Call Number: PB FICTION FLE

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Mar 26, 2016

Well written novel. If you have been to Greece, this one will resonate.

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1_Great_Book
Sep 17, 2015

Touching and well written. Though WWII is a frequent subject for novels, this one is fresh in that it covers Greek territory and limits the story to a few key characters. It's true that people from that time took things more seriously. Commitment was for life. Warms the heart.

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