I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for mesmerising historical novel The Echoes of Love by Jenny Ashcroft. Thank you to HQ for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
About the book:
Under the Cretan sun, in the summer of 1936, two young people fall in love…
Eleni has been coming to Crete her entire life, swapping her English home for cherished sun-baked summers with her grandfather in his idyllic shoreside villa. When she arrives in 1936, she believes the long, hot weeks ahead will be no different to so many that have gone before.
But someone else is visiting the island that year too: a young German man called Otto. And so begins a summer of innocence lost, and love discovered; one that is finite, but not the end.
When, in 1941, the island falls to a Nazi invasion, Eleni and Otto meet there once more. But this time Eleni has returned to fight for her home, and Otto to occupy it. They are enemies, and their love is not only treacherous, but also dangerous. But will it destroy them, or prove strong enough to overcome the ravages of war?
An epic tale of secrets, love, loyalty, family and how far you’d go to keep those you love safe, The Echoes of Love is an exquisite and deeply moving love letter to Crete – one that will move every reader to tears.
About the author:
Jenny Ashcroft is the author of several historical novels, including Beneath a Burning Sky and Island in the East. She previously spent much of her life living in, working in and exploring Australia and Asia, and now splits her time between Australia and the UK. The Echoes of Love is in part inspired by her Greek grandmother’s stories, and is Jenny’s most personal novel to date.
The Echoes of Love by Jenny Ashcroft is a mesmerising historical love story that drew me in from the very first page and held me captivated throughout. Eleni and Otto’s story is one of great beauty but also of devastating sorrow and heartbreak as they go from innocent young lovers to war torn enemies, their love for each other not only treacherous but incredibly dangerous.
This epic tale of love, secrets, loyalty and heartache is set against the breathtaking backdrop of the island of Crete. Steeped in history, The Echoes of Love is a beautifully written, character driven story that I couldn’t help but fall in love with. The odds are stacked against Eleni and Otto and their love for one another, but will it prove strong enough to withstand the horrors of the second world war? Or will it crumble and leave them broken in its wake?
Jenny Ashcroft has written a powerful and thought provoking saga of love and war that swept me away on a tsunami of emotion. Never shying away from the horror and brutality of war, the tension was palpable as the story unfolded. With strong characters and a heartachingly beautiful love story, The Echoes of Love is a gorgeously written, well plotted historical novel that I did not want to end.
A mesmerising read that I would highly recommend.
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