A gripping fictional story of love and separation, inspired by personal, political and historical events, set within two months of major upheaval in the Mediterranean paradise of Cyprus.
During the war-torn summer of 1974 in Cyprus, Sally tries to rescue her husband, unjustly imprisoned in a far corner of the country. As she tries to locate him, the island is steadily torn apart by the invading forces of the Turkish army, making refugees of thousands of the population as they flee their homes in terror.
As Sally battles to get her husband released, after his arrest during the military coup, she is thwarted time and again, either by the terrorists who attempt to kill her or the relentless march of the Turkish Army as they invade and capture the whole of the north of the island where her husband is locked up.
A very enjoyable read, light yet very informative about ...
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A very enjoyable read, light yet very informative about a period of history and a country about which I knew very little. "Two Months in Summer" tells the story of the invasion and occupation of Cyprus by Turkey through the eyes of a young Britsh woman married to a Greek Cypriot, and the devastating effect of this both on her life and that of the Cypriot population. Narrative and history are skillfully interwoven in this book which manages to entertain and educate the reader simultaneously.
Excellent first novel
A first hand account of the war in Cyprus from the author's own experience.The theme of love (from Aphrodite to the heroine Sally) entwined with the historical account holds the reader's interest. Excellent first novel from Eleanor Michael and a good read for a long-haul flight or by the pool.
A good read
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I purchased two copies as I felt I would enjoy it from the picture on the cover. I was correct and gave the second copy to my daughter for her birthday. She enjoyed it too as she had just returned fron a holiday in Cyprus where the story is
A cracking good read
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The beautiful island of Cyprus came to life on the pages of this gripping story set in a brief but turbulent part of its history. I found it hard to put down.
Eleanor Michael was born during the war years in London to an Austrian mother and a Greek Cypriot father. She was educated and worked in England until 1967 when she moved to Cyprus and subsequently married a Greek Cypriot businessman.
While in Cyprus, she accidentally discovered the HQ of the terrorist faction intent on destabilizing the government, and killing the President. This event leads to a Military Coup which provoked the invasion of the country by Turkish forces in the summer of 1974, who then captured over a third of the Island.
She was eventually evacuated but returned at the end of hostilities to the upheaval of starting up a once thriving business in the chaotic environment of a war torn Island. On the death some time later of her husband, she returned to England.
Eleanor remarried and moved to the Algarve in Portugal where she has now lived for over 30 years. During those years, she was inspired by an authoress friend to write a novel about her experiences in Cyprus during that dramatic period of its history.
Eleanor always loved books and had been an avid reader from a very early age. She never imagined that so many years later she would actually write her story as a novel that would be read by friends and strangers too.
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