On finishing Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop my initial reaction was WOW, what a journey! It felt like a history lesson brought vividly to life.
Thanks to Random Things Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour, and for giving me the book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop
Published by Headline Publishing Group on May 30, 2019
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Those Who Are Loved is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars.
Themis is part of a family bitterly divided by politics and, as a young woman, her fury with those who have collaborated with the Nazis, drives her to fight for the communists. She is eventually imprisoned on the notorious islands of exile, Makronisos and Trikeri, and has to make a life or death decision. She is proud of having fought, but for the rest of her life is haunted by some of her actions. Forty years after the end of the civil war, she finally achieves catharsis.
Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity of Greece’s traumatic past and weaves it into the dynamic tale of a woman who is both hero and villain, and her lifelong fight for justice.
The book follows Themis’s life in Athens from childhood right up to old age. And what a life she lived, full of political turmoil and family disharmony. Right from the very start I took to Themis, she exudes intelligence, courage, and passion and I loved how bravely she walked the walk as well as talked the talk for what she believed in.
I learnt so much about the history of Greece from 1930, through their occupation during World War 2, and the constant changing of the political powers which meant that you never know who you could trust. Themis believed firmly in communism. And following her journey and watching her adeptly survive and thrive in the Communist Army was eye opening. But then she got captured and paid a heavy price for chasing after her dream of building a better Greece.
With so much fighting and political upheaval, this book put me through the emotional wringer. I cared so much about Themis and her family. They suffered and suffered, and the pain reached through the pages and hit me hard. It really made me reflect on what I would give up for my beliefs. And it also portrayed how conflicted Themis felt at times, by what she was doing, and why she was doing it.If you love a character driven book with an AMAZING setting, & you enjoy historical fiction, then don’t miss out on this one. I have a strong feeling #ThoseWhoAreLoved by @VicHislop will be one of my fav books of 2019. @annecater Click To Tweet
While I did pick up a lot of history from this book, it was never in a boring way. It weaves the facts into this family saga. And that together with a main character who held me spellbound meant my attention never wavered. It felt like a rollercoaster that swung from emotional to scary and my heart was pounding with fear at times.
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Who should read Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop
If you are looking for a character driven book with an AMAZING setting, and you enjoy historical fiction, well then don’t miss out on this one. I have a strong feeling that it will be one of my favourite books of 2019. Fans of authors such as Hazel Gaynor and Kristin Hannah should also enjoy.
And I’m delighted that I have a copy giveaway on Between My Line’s Facebook Page, so hop over there to enter! Good luck. By the way lately, I’ve been doing all my giveaways on Facebook, so make sure you are following and don’t miss any.