This is a wonderful love story set against the sweep of Greek history through the 20th century.
the main character is a very likeable character, and I really felt for
her from her separation from her mother, her arrival in Thessalonika
where she was taken in by a kindly family to her work as a seamstress
and her love for Dimitri. Dimitri
and Katerina are separated for many years as he fights with the
resistance fighters in the mountains. Will they be reunited?
All set against the turbulent tide of history taking in
the Second World War, civil war, fires and earthquakes.
does a wonderful job of weaving Katerina's story in with the history.
She writes beautifully (though sometimes doesn't trust her reader
enough, over-explaining some things, which can be annoying!).
is a timely novel given the current chaos in Greece. it was also a
timely read for me personally as the theme of refugees here mirrors that
same theme which plays an important part in the novel I'm writing!
a crafter, I was also struck by the detail of the sewing that Katerina
did, the wonderful clothes that she made even during times of hardship.
The Thread by Victoria Hislop published by HeadlineBooks