DETAILS: The Thread by Victoria Hislop. Copyright 2011. Historical fiction.
SUMMARY: Set in Thessaloniki, Greece, this is a story of love and friendship that spans two World Wars.
PROS: This is a beautiful, sweeping book. It moves at a perfect pace and is just the right length. The setting is so real, I felt as thought I'd been to Greece after reading it and the characters are human and engaging and believable. I often have a complaint with historical fiction that they tend to wax poetic about the scenery or the setting for far too long, but this book captured the essence without overwriting. I loved the story and I loved the unique perspective on the World Wars from a part of Europe that seems often forgotten.
BOTTOM LINE: A beautiful book. Highly recommended. Five stars out of five.