The Sunrise

About the author

 

                                                   Image of Victoria Hislop                                            

 

Victoria Hislop is a writer and journalist. Her first novel, The Island, held the number one slot in the Sunday Times paperback chart for eight consecutive weeks and has sold one million copies. Her second novel, The Return, debuted at number one in the Sunday Times paperback chart.
She was named Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007.
Victoria lives in Kent with her husband and two children.
 

 

About the book

In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple are about to open the island's most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Özkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city's façade of glamour and success, tension is building.


When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story.

 

The Sunrise

                                                

 

My Review

 

I was fortunate to receive a free copy of the book via Netgalley. I was looking forward to this book immensely having read all of Victoria Hislop’s other novels. Set against the conflict in Cyprus in the 1970s, the author manages to tell the story from both the Greek and Turkish points of view. The backdrop is cleverly interwoven as we meet the characters who either own or work in the luxury new hotel ‘The Sunrise’ in Famagusta.

The history is immaculately researched and the storyline of the Georgious and the Ozkans is gripping. In the end, nobody is immune, not even the wealthy owner Savvas Papacosta and his glamorous wife Aphroditi. The ending especially moved me to tears.

Blending history with a love story this book is like taking a bird’s eye view of the 1974 conflict as Victoria Hislop brings history alive on the page.

 

5/5

 
 

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thank you for the superb review!

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Thank you so much Julie for joining the tour. I really appreciate it.

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Thank you so much for such a fabulous review Julie...xx

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