STORY: Miss Diana Snow is everything a British chaperone should be—she finds satisfaction in order and depends wholly upon the rules of decorum as she negotiates the isle of Greece with her young charge. But Miss Snow’s prim and proper exterior masks a disquieting past: orphaned and alone in the world, she has only her stiff upper lip to rely on. When a brief encounter with a handsome stranger challenges her rules of propriety, Diana is unwittingly drawn into an adventure that will turn her ordered world upside down.
Alexandros Metaxas is a Greek spy working to recruit individuals to the cause of revolution. His mission seems to be going perfectly until he encounters Diana Snow, a captivating—if slightly cold—beauty. When their paths cross again, the ill-fated reunion threatens all Alex has been fighting for. But more importantly, it places Diana’s life in jeopardy. There is only one way to save her: they must put themselves at the mercy of the most powerful pirate family in the Mediterranean. Soon, Diana is plunged into a fantastic world of gypsy curses, blood feuds, and unexpected romance. But when a bitter vendetta places her in mortal danger, will she have the courage to fight for life and love?
REVIEW: Alexandros (Alex) Metaxas is in Corfu City hoping to elude some British officers. Carrying a heavy parcel, he is sure the officers think he is Turkish and he does not want them to open the parcel. Alex slips into a cafe where he sits at a table with two young ladies. Shocked at his ill behavior for doing so, he learns one lady is Molly Campbell, whose father is Sir James Campbell, inspector-general of Zakinthos and she has recently arrived to stay with him. The other lady is Miss Diana Snow, her chaperone. Alex is quite taken with Diana. When he leaves the cafe, he forgets his gloves and Diana takes them with her thinking she may see him again so she can return them.
Later after dinner, Molly is told by some guests that a Lieutenant Ashworth may propose marriage to her. The women attending the dinner seem to be pushing Molly into accepting him but she agrees with Diana that she needs to get to know him first. Angered at Diana for disagreeing with them, they point out that Diana had been an orphan educated at the Elliott School via a Christian charity. However, Diana’s education is an excellent one and she is also an expert in etiquette. While Molly is angry at the women for being so rude to Diana, she just fluffs it off. While some people may look down on her, Diana is very grateful to Lady Stanhope for offering her a position at the finishing school where she had worked.
When Diana steps outside for some air, she is kidnapped and taken aboard a ship to an island. Alex is also onboard. At the island, she learns that she will join a family where she will teach a young girl, Elena, to read and, in turn, will be taught Greek.
As she spends the days helping the family, she and Elena become good friends as they work to learn the other’s language. At the same time, Diana learns how the people live, their customs, what they grow, and what they eat.
Diana sees Alex now and then but is not sure what he is doing there. It turns out he is trying to get help from the local warriors to help him fight his enemies. As Diana gets caught up in all of this, it tests her courage to help others.
Although she was always sure she would find a British ship to take her home one day, she gets to the point she is not sure she is ready to return.
This was an interesting book in that I learned a lot about the people and their customs, however, the plot peppered with the Greek made it a bit confusing at times.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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