EX LIBRIS

EX LIBRIS

Here you will find all our weekly book recommendations we are sending in our newsletters – books you might like to read, either before you come and visit or on holiday.

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

If you enjoy a good mystery-spy novel with a super hero, you are in for a treat! The story begins with an unusually bizzare murder…..no big deal, right? Wrong! The bizzare death of a young woman leads you on a multi-layered thrilling ride following the activities of one of the world’s most secret and intelligent agents.

While searching for a revengeful Palestinian terrorist who is planning a deadly crime against mankind, our Pilgrim will take you through a multitude of intense, heroic, shocking and sometimes gruesome events.
*This book has nothing to do with Crete or Greece but it’s a great holiday read, immersive, full of suspense and with a plot that never stops twisting.

The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas

Sometimes you have to go back before you can move forwards…
One magical summer Nell fell in love in the mountains of Crete and her life changed for ever.
Eighteen years later, Nell is ready for a new beginning. When she sees a honey farm in the same hilltop town has lost its bees, the opportunity is impossible to resist. Welcomed back to Greece by the warm sun and aroma of wild thyme, Nell finds memories of her past at every turn. But much has changed since she’s been away.
As Nell throws herself into restoring the honey farm, she starts to unlock the truth of what happened all those years ago. She soon learns that the course of true love – just like Cretan honey – can be wild and sweet. And well worth the wait…

 

The Greek Holiday by Maeve Haran
Four old university friends, Dora, Penny, Nell and Moira, reunite to relive that first hippy-dippy trip together to a beautiful, unspoilt, romantic Greek island looking for sun, sand and sea.

But it’s not just about going back to when they were young. Maybe they do have dreams like Shirley Valentine, because, ultimately, they’re all looking for something to help them through some difficult times in their lives – whether it’s with their career, family or relationships.

What they discover in Kyri is an opportunity to reinvent, be themselves, contribute to a community who wants their help, at the same time as having fun, being happy and even finding love. But, crucially, they discover the most valuable lesson of all – understanding the true importance of female friendship.

Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson

All her life Angie 37-year-old London-born has been intrigued by her mother’s secret past. Now, planning her own wedding she feels she must visit the remote Cretan village her mother grew up in, despite her objections. Unbeknownst to Angie her elderly grandmother, Maria, is dying. She wants to unburden herself of the terrible story that she will otherwise take to the grave.

It’s the story of the time of the German occupation of Crete during the Second World War, of horror, of courage and of the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her children and of how you learn to go on in the aftermath of tragedy. And it’s the story of bitter secrets that broke the family apart, and of three enchanting women who come together to heal wounds that have damaged two generations.

If you loved Victoria Hislop’s THE ISLAND and the novels of Santa Montefiore and Rosanna Ley, you will fall completely in love with this novel.

 

Madeline Miller’s “Circe”

A spellbinding literary masterpiece that breathes life into the captivating world of Greek mythology. It is basically the Odyssey, as told from the perspective of the powerful enchantress Circe.

Set against the backdrop of the enchanting island of Aiaia, where Circe resides, the novel beautifully weaves together elements of mythology, magic, and human emotion. As a daughter of the sun god Helios, Circe discovers her own extraordinary powers of sorcery, leading her on a journey of self-discovery, love, and empowerment.

What sets “Circe” apart is its vivid portrayal of the mythical landscape, including the island of Crete. The connection with Crete adds an extra layer of depth to the narrative, as it plays a significant role in Circe’s journey. The island’s rich history and mythology intertwine seamlessly with Circe’s own story, enhancing the novel’s authenticity and transporting readers to a world where gods and mortals coexist.