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Well there Historical Fiction fans, we've got another treat for you today as we host a stop along the Rachel's Random Resources tour featuring the latest from author Eva Glyn. It takes place during WWII and while taking us "behind enemy lines", it shows us the human side of war, and how the lines between business and personal can get seriously blurred making it hard to know which is more important...the mission, or your heart. Ladies and gents, today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...
An Island of Secrets
About the book...
For fans of Dinah Jefferies, Victoria Hislop, Lucinda Riley and Rosanna Ley, this is a stunning and sweeping WW2 novel that shows a side to the war not often seen before.
That was then…
Seventy-five years ago, British SOE spy Guy Barclay was forced to leave behind the woman he loved in war-ravaged Yugoslavia.
…This is now
As ninety-three-year-old Guy’s days draw to a close, he asks his granddaughter, Leo Holmes, to go looking for answers. Given that her marriage has imploded and her City job is on the verge of killing her, Leo agrees and rents a house on the island of Vis, where her grandfather was stationed in the Second World War.
But as Leo’s search takes her down unexpected roads – and into the path of a gorgeous local, Andrej Pintaric – she begins to wonder if this journey down memory lane might yield unexpected results for more than just her beloved grandfather…
It seems very fitting to be on the closing end of this particular tour because the story itself was about closure. Don't get me wrong, there are new beginnings aplenty, but while Leo's unexpected mission was to discover herself again as much as it was to help her grandfather, it was also about connecting the dots of his past as he moved towards an inevitable future. No one likes to leave things unfinished, especially with matters of the heart, and Guy's love affair with this one young woman so many moons ago was something for the ages. It was something that they would each carry with them throughout their days, and though their paths each took very different turns, it seems they were never far from the other's heart.
Though a novel that takes place during an actual war, as well as a personal one, while there were many terrible acts witnessed, carried out, and immortalized horribly on the psyche, there were also many moments of beauty and love. There was a complete love affair with the landscape, both then AND now. You could see the cliffside, the cove, and the outlooks as clear as if you were standing next to the characters themselves. There was the love between a man and a woman, both then AND now...though held deeply it developed chastely making their time shared that much more memorable. There was also the love between family members, again...both then AND now...and it felt like a big area explored too. The sisters and their mother back then, Leo and her grandfather as well as Andrej and his mother now. They would all do anything for the others, including sacrifice their own happiness to protect them the best they could. Selfless love...can't get much purer than that.
A great read for Historical Fiction fans as well as Women's Fiction fans due in part to the depth of the relationships explored.
About the author...
Eva Glyn writes escapist relationship-driven fiction with a kernel of truth at its heart. She loves to travel and finds inspiration in beautiful places and the stories they hide.
Her last holiday before lockdown was a trip to Croatia, and the country’s haunting histories and gorgeous scenery have proved fertile ground, driven by her friendship with a tour guide she met there. His wartime story provided the inspiration for The Olive Grove and his help in creating a realistic portrayal of Croatian life had proved invaluable. Her second novel set in the country, a dual timeline looking back to World War 2, will be published in the spring of 2022, also by One More Chapter.
Eva lives in Cornwall, although she considers herself Welsh, and has been lucky enough to have been married to the love of her life for twenty-five years. She also writes as Jane Cable.
Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of tour for more bookish fun!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!