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Summary

Rebecca Neumanner's marriage is on the brink of collapse as her desire to be a mother becomes an obsession. Then she receives news from her estranged family in Rhodes.

Called back to the beautiful Greek island of her birth, she realises how little she knows of the grandmother she has eluded for over a decade. Bubba has never spoken of the Nazi occupation during her youth, but there have always been whispers. What desperate measures did she take that terrible day in 1944 when her family was ripped apart? Can the rumour she had blood on her own hands really be true? But Bubba intends to take her secrets to the grave.

However, as Rebecca arrives on Rhodes, bringing the promise of new life, this broken family must come together. The time has come to tell the truth about the darkest of days....

If you love The Island and Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop , you will love this perfect summer listen from the author of Island of Secrets.

©2018 Patricia Wilson (P)2018 Bonnier Publlishing

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Wow

Wow !!! What can I say about this book.
A story about a family and all the secret avenues each member leads during the 2nd World war.
Exciting and had me gripped throughout.

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More complicated that it needed to be

This was ok but I did feel that the story was overly complicated and distracting. It felt like there were 2 maybe even 3 protagonists. Rebecca’s character and storyline with her pregnancy and Fritz her husband was not really a necessary or even interesting part of the storyline. Both Rebecca and her sister Naomi were reading Bubba/Dora’s diary to get the historical story which I felt unnecessary. The story would have been much better with just Naomi as the single protagonist reading her grandmother’s diary. Bubba featured heavily in both historical and modern story so was a further protagonist.
The story was however interesting about the German occupation of Rhodes and I found it really interesting to hear about the confiscation of Rhodens property by the Nazi’s and how documents about this were only relatively recently uncovered. This is my first book by this author and I will try others as this to me had all the making of a great book, it’s just it’s distracting ramblings let it down. The narrator was good.

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A story of bravery and loyalty

The title of this book does not convey the wonderful story the book holds. I thought it would be a light hearted tale about a Villa ! but instead it told ofscarifice,bravey and loyalty ... I learnt so much from this book . Was sad to finish it

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Beautiful

This was an emotional piece of work spanning decades of events that will keep you guessing. Romance, tragedy, and history all in one. The writing is poignant and the performance is stellar. Vivid imagery.

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Fabulous read

Amazing narrator, I loved the story spanning the decades. Have enjoyed all her books but this is my favourite

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Villa of secrets

Lovely storie so nice to think the story is based on a true story a very good story

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interesting

the book goes from present to past.
a sad story of what happened to the Jewish people during the war.
and one woman's courage to fight back.

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Boring performance

The story may be worth listening to. However the reader is droning on in a lifeless voice. It takes everything from the story. So disappointing

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Villa of Secrets

Took me a long time to get in to this book but if you stick with it it is so worth it. Fabulous story about Rhodes World War 2. Twists and turns and a really lovely, lovely book. God bless Bubba💞

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Loved it

Thought the book was really good, a lot of research by the author was definitely done.