Saturday, 12 July 2014


This is the second book in the Greek Island Mystery series.  Although each book is intended to be read as a standalone, some of the characters from the first book, ‘Jennas’s Journey’, do make an appearance.
Kat has never understood why she was sent at the age of seven from Greece to live in England with her Aunt Tigi. When she receives an email from her grandmother, the first contact in over twenty years, informing her of her mother’s death, she knows this could be her last chance to find out the truth. Little by little she finds out the shocking facts as her grandmother opens her heart.  It seems everyone has a secret to tell, not only her grandmother, as Manoli, her school friend, also harbours a guilty secret. Then there’s a twenty year old mystery to solve as well as a murder and what happened to the missing Church treasure?


Sophia's Secret is one of those books that can make you feel like you are actually in a place. Never having been to the Greek Islands, the book instantly transported me there. The story is set in such a beautiful place, yet a place that has many secrets and many hearts that have been broken. There are a wealth of characters in this story and each is instrumental to the mystery within the book. I love books that tell a story by telling it in both the past and present. It is a family saga of sorts and poor Sophia has many burdens placed on her shoulders. Bound by Greek tradition and family loyalty, her life is not all she would wish it to be and her heart is broken. But, like every good story, the love that made Sophia the person she was to become, stays strong. Kat and Sophia are both women of different generations who fall into lives that were not their own making. Soon Kat begins to understand the reasons behind why she was sent away as a child and a process of forgiveness begins as the mysteries of the island begin to unravel and all becomes much clearer. I'd highly recommend this book. Its got more than one mystery and back story going on and keeps you on your toes!

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About Julie Ryan

Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and a dippy cat with half a tail.  She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance!

She is the author of two novels set in Greece, “Jenna’s Journey” and “Sophia’s Secret” both part of the Greek Island Mystery series. She is currently working on a third book, ‘Pandora’s Prophecy.”

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Thanks so much Jonty - that's a lovely review xxxx

  2. Enjoyed reading your review JB.

    Thank you for also using your review as part of the tour :)


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