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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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  • Historical Fiction WW II Corfu

    Corfu 1943, Perla and Isaac Nikorkiris, had to make a difficult choice, they didn't register the births of their two youngest daughters, they kept them hidden and the Germans records only show they have one older daughter called Rebekka. Matilde and Anna Nikorkiris are two very lucky little girls, when Nazis start notifying Jewish residents they will be leaving the island soon, Nikorkiris family are very concerned and they have a plan ready for the younger girls. They organize for the girls to be taken to a safe place by Doctor Batas, to be kept hidden, a childless couple Agata and Georgiou put themselves in danger and will look after the girls until the war is over. Matilde and Anna wake up in the morning confused, they have no idea where they are, of course they want their parents, sister and are very upset. Agata explains how their parents have sent them to live with them, they know all about the bad German soldiers and they have been hiding inside their family home. Agata comforts the girls, even though they are only three and five the girls understand and they are shown a safe place in the house to hide. The girls are happy, they can now play outside, in the fresh air, they look so much healthier and put on weight. So far, no soldiers have found their secret haven, but Agata knows they are constantly scouring the island for missing Jews and it's only a matter of time before their house is discovered. One day when Agata’s husband is away, a German soldier appears on the beach, he's been swimming and the couple decide to move the girls to a more remote area. 2016, Amber and her husband James arrive in Corfu from England, hoping for a change of pace and both are tired of living and working in London. They have friends who live on the island, Ben and Eleni, they need some help with their business and are expecting their second child. The plan is to eventually open their own restaurant, bed and breakfast, they find the prefect place, start building and are soon open for business. But, they didn't plan on Amber falling pregnant after only being open for a year, she's due in the middle of summer and during the busiest time of the year. Their relationship has been struggling, they seem to have very different ideas about everything and the couple have grown apart. Amber finds herself intrigued by the local story about the two little Jewish girls, left by their parents during WW II and hidden on the island for their own protection. I had no idea Jewish people lived on Corfu during WW II, they were sent to Auschwitz and most never returned. Some people on the island would rather Amber didn't look into Corfu’s history, keep the past in the past, two of the local's are not as nice as they seem, who can she trust and can Amber uncover what happened two little Jewish girls? Burning Island is a book with a dual time line, it works well and it's easy to follow. I have read a lot of WW II historical fiction, I highly recommend reading this book, I had no idea Jewish people lived in Greece at the time and how badly they were treated. The story is about war, love, loss, sacrifice, secrets, greed, murder and I gave the book four stars.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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