Sample Review: Cartes Postales From Greece – Victoria Hislop

14212795_10154086831417881_1577678702306334573_nI was fortunate enough to receive a mini proof copy of Cartes Postales from Greece from the publisher. It contained a sample of the story (the beginning and two short stories based on photos) and gorgeous coloured photos inside.

The description: Week after week, the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A.

With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself.

On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. Its pages tell the story of a man’s odyssey through Greece. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, A’s tale unfolds with the discovery not only of a culture but also of a desire to live life to the full once more.

The book is illustrated with photographs from around Greece, each of which tell their own individual story. Adult illustrated fiction in full colour – a rarity.

I loved the beginning of the story and am desperate to know who A is and why Ellie is receiving the postcards! Buzzing to read the whole story – will definitely be buying this when it goes on sale (September 22nd, 2016)!

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