|About the Book|
Helene’s childhood in Cheshire is spent just prior to and during World War 1. The first part of the story is told through her innocent eyes. Her loving family has Greek ancestry and whilst they try to shield the child from this and are clearly hidingMoreHelene’s childhood in Cheshire is spent just prior to and during World War 1. The first part of the story is told through her innocent eyes. Her loving family has Greek ancestry and whilst they try to shield the child from this and are clearly hiding other secrets as she grows from small child to a teenager and then to adulthood the whole family unavoidably is drawn into acknowledging their roots. Vivid scenes of an idyllic Edwardian childhood are replaced by reality and Helene is not ready to forsake the security of childhood, or the fun and gaiety of the 1920s without a determined effort to keep life sweet. Eventually Helene finds herself travelling to Greece to seek out a Greek cousin, where both of them accept that their ancestor Samuel Carr, their great grandfather, influences their lives. But first with a female relative, who enjoys life in the chaotic Greek capital of Athens and its proximity to the Peloponnese and the Saronic Islands, Helene begins to uncover some curious and possibly unsavoury truths about her cousins family. Finally the adventure she and her cousin enjoy in terms of danger and excitement probably exceeds those of Samuel as they travel into the remote mountains of the Central Pindus. The ending of these heady days as World War 2 begins is not as Helene would have expected.A book which is as much an account of childhood as it is an adventure and travel book capturing the beauty of remote mainland Greece. It is a sequel to the first two volumes of the GREEK LETTERS series, but with 20th century characters and a fresh approach it stands to be read alone if preferred.