Friday, 23 March 2018

#BlogTour: The Summer Will Come by Soulla Christodoulou @schristodoulou2 @rararesources #TheSummerWillCome

Published independently on 7th March 2018. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. You can get your copy: Purchase from Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1976908043/

Set in the 1950s, the story begins in Cyprus. EOKA, British rule, and the fight for Enosis (unity) disrupt the world of two Greek Cypriot families, living in different villages on the island. They are desperately trying to cope with the unpredictability of this fractious time. Circumstances over a five-year period push both families to escape to London where, as immigrants, they struggle to settle, face new challenges, trauma and cope with missing their homeland's traditions and culture. Both families' lives cross paths in London and it seems that happier beginnings could be theirs. But at what cost? A story of passion for a country in turmoil, family love, loyalty and treachery and how, sometimes, starting over isn't always as imagined.

My Thoughts:

I am delighted today to be taking part in the blog tour for The Summer Will Come, an enjoyable and entrancing read that takes place in Cyprus in London around the time of the troubles in Cyprus. Something I didn't know very much about before reading this book.

The story is centered around two families who are desperately trying to leave the problems behind and in doing so they move to London. The reader learns about life in Cyprus and what it is then like for an immigrant in London and also what it is like to leave your homeland behind.

I learnt a lot from this beautifully written novel that managed to portray the emotions of the characters so well. The feelings of being uprooted from all that is familiar and being put in the mix of a different way of life. 

This is also something of a love story. A romance but also a love story to Cyprus. The sights and sounds are so wonderfully evocative. The author is writing from experiences or from incredible research. This book just felt so authentic. 

A wonderful story that shines a light on events in history that some readers won't know much about. A story that had me turning the pages and wishing for the best outcomes for the characters concerned. 

Accomplished writing and I very much enjoyed it. 

About the Author:
Born in London to Greek Cypriot parents Soulla Christodoulou spent much of her childhood living carefree days full of family, school and friends. She was the first in her family to go to university and studied BA Hotel & Catering Management at Portsmouth University. Years later, after having a family of her own she studied again at Middlesex University and has a PGCE in Business Studies and an MA in Education.
Soulla is a Fiction author and wrote her first novel Broken Pieces of Tomorrow over a few months while working full time in secondary education. She is a mother of three boys.
She is a compassionate and empathetic supporter of young people. Her passion for teaching continues through private tuition of English Language and Children’s Creative Writing Classes as well as proof reading and other writing services.
Her writing has also connected her with a charity in California which she is very much involved in as a contributor of handwritten letters every month to support and give hope to women diagnosed with breast cancer. One of her letters is featured in a book ‘Dear Friend’, released on Amazon in September 2017.

When asked, she will tell you she has always, somewhere on a subconscious level, wanted to write and her life’s experiences both personal and professional have played a huge part in bringing her to where she was always meant to be; writing books and drinking lots of cinnamon and clove tea!

She also has a poetry collection, Sunshine after Rain, published on Amazon and The Summer Will Come is her second novel. She is currently working on a third novel Trust is a Big Word about an on-line illicit relationship that develops between two people.
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  1. Dear Leah, thank you so much for your wonderful review of The Summer Will Come - your comments have made me swell with happiness! Much of my research was face-to-face with real people who shared their experiences with me and of course, my connections with Cyprus helped tremendously with the culture, traditions and 'passion' of its people. I'm so glad you were invested in the characters. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. Soulla x

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