The Island by Victoria Hislop


 Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend. When she arrives in her mother’s home town of Plaka, Alexis is astonished at its proximity to the deserted island of Spinalonga — Greece's former leper colony. Finding her mother’s friend she hears the tale of her great-grandmother Eleni and her daughters, and discovers how intimately she is connected with the island and its leper colony.


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