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    The tragedy of Corfu

    This is the story of the modern day tragedy of James and Amber and also the tragedy of the Jewish of Corfu during WWII. The story of Matilda, and Anna two Jewish children smuggled out to live with an older couple Georgiou and Agnes. It is the individual story's of the two time periods and how the intertwined with each other on the Greek island of Corfu in the Mediterranean sea. I had never heard of Corfu before reading this book. It sounds like a lovely place with a horrible history. As the two young people James and Amber move from England to Corfu to build a new life, they could not know the heartbreak ahead of them. The built their dream restaurant , met new people and made friends. They didn't know that in a short time it would all go up in smoke. The breakdown of their marriage, the birth of their child in the basement of a burning restaurant, and the loss of their enterprise and their home. Amber was later to find out from her friends Inge and Marion about the horrible story of the Jewish people living in Corfu during WWII. How they locked them all in the fort in town, took them on long open barges to the mainland of Greece, then transported them by cattle car to Auschwitz. Most of them died on the trip and it is said the rest were sent to the gas chambers. Amber later meets the two girls that survived with the older couple in the mountains above Corfu. She finds out that the old house where the remodeled and built their restaurant in the mountains was the same house where the girls hid from the German soldiers and were saved during the war. Two tragic stories, both equally well told. I couldn't put the book down. The book will keep you reading until the end. It is exciting and tragic at the same time. It will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next. This is one book you will not want to miss. I recommend it. Thanks to Suzanne Goldring, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an advance copy of the book.
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    Wonderful book

    Thank you NetGalley, Bookouture and Suzanne Goldring for the opportunity to read this wonderful book I loved the story that switched from Amber in the present day to Anna, Mathilde and Rebekah. It was a harsh and heartbreaking story of how the Jewish people were removed from Corfu with only a short time left in the war. I had not known of this tragedy and found it educational to read this devastating story. The description of Corfu was lovely and I could easily picture the breathtaking views. Amber’s story stated well but in the middle it seemed to suddenly veer away from the basic storyline without giving a lot of detail but the ending of her story was poignant. The young girls story was well told and I enjoyed the glimpses of overlap with Ambers. Overall a beautiful book dealing with a tragic story that was told in a well written manner. I was moved to tears in the end.
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    Great Read!

    This story takes place on the island of Corfu during two different time periods. In June 1944, the Jews are being rounded up to be sent off to a "work camp." Issac and Perla Nikokiris have 3 daughters, Rebekka 13, Matilde 5 and Anna 3. They did not register the two younger girls so they make the decision to have a doctor friend take them to live with a childless couple, Georgiou and Agata, who live in the mountains in order to keep them safe. Isaac, Perla and Rebekka begin their inhumane journey to the work camp and the little girls begin a new life in the mountains. The second part of the book begins in June 2006 when Amber and James decide they are sick of the stress and long hours of their jobs and decide to quit in search of something more peaceful on the island of Corfu. The book alternates between the different time periods and different POVs. I especially liked the chapters that dealt with WWII aspect of this book. I did not care for the chapters that dealt with James and Amber in 2006 because I felt there was too much time spent on his recipes and cooking and Amber's decorating. Overall, it was a good read though. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this very interesting book in exchange for an honest review.
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    Beautifully written

    Burning Island is another dont want it to end, you will smile, you will cry wonderful read by Suzanne Goldring. It is the story of 2 sisters in Corfu during World War 2 whom the parents sent away in order to save their lives and they were hidden and taken of care of. It is also the story of the Germans moving the Jewish out of their homes and into concentration camps if they made it that far. The dual story is that of James and Amber moving to Corfu to start a new life. Amber learns of Corfu's history during the war and discovers what happened to the sisters. I loved learning the history during the war of Corfu , something I was not aware of. Suzanne Goldring has told another beautiful story and is well worth sitting down and getting lost in the story. Please take time to read her notes at the end of the book. THanks to Net Galley and Bookouture for the privilege of reading Burning Island.
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    This was a great read!!!!

    "How has it come to this? We have always been able to live together in spite of our different faiths." A captivating novel. Set in Corfu at different time periods. Tragedy of the Jewish people taken from their homes and tortured. Taking trains and boats to Auschwitz, lied to thinking they were going to work and be able to return home. I cried wondering how people could be so cruel. Modern day Corfu, James and Amber have moved there, working for friend, Ben and soon have their own restaurant and villa. You will not regret reading this book. Suzanne Goldring did a fantastic job of writing this. Thank you to publisher and NetGalley for this eARC.
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