Friday, May 10, 2013

Inner Beauty Friday - Book Club!


Once again it's Friday and time for book club!

This week I read a interesting book about Crete and Leprosy!  It still exists in some areas of Asia - but don't worry there is a cure (and has been since the 1960's).

 The Island

The synopsis via
"The Petrakis family lives in the small Greek seaside village of Plaka. Just off the coast is the tiny island of Spinalonga, where the nation's leper colony once was located—a place that has haunted four generations of Petrakis women. There's Eleni, ripped from her husband and two young daughters and sent to Spinalonga in 1939, and her daughters Maria, finding joy in the everyday as she dutifully cares for her father, and Anna, a wild child hungry for passion and a life anywhere but Plaka. And finally there's Alexis, Eleni's great-granddaughter, visiting modern-day Greece to unlock her family's past.
A richly enchanting novel of lives and loves unfolding against the backdrop of the Mediterranean during World War II, The Island is an enthralling story of dreams and desires, of secrets desperately hidden, and of leprosy's touch on an unforgettable family."

My thoughts I sure learned a lot about leprosy! The story is a bit predictable ( the synopsis pretty much sums it up), and this family has a LOT of bad luck, but it is interesting and an easy read.  Definitely something you could get thru in a week and the kind of easy read that still leaves you feeling like you learned something.

Until Next Week,



  1. I love Historical Fiction and WWII. I am putting it on my list for when I need an easy read.
    Thanks for posting!

  2. I haven't heard about this one before, but definitely think it sounds really interesting. I don't think I've ever read a book on leprosy, and while this might sound odd, that's the main reason I'd want to read it.