The Shape of Crete by Philip T. Nemec

This is a hard book for me to describe. I liked Steffi and Jim. Much of the story is the two of them thinking about what happened to them before they met and started dating. I liked learning some of the history about Crete and Bulgaria. There is some adventure, some mystery and quite a bit of romance. This book is definitely not rated PG. I loved the ending even though it is tragic what happens. You will not be able to just walk away from what happens and not think about it. I received a copy of this book from Smith Publicity for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a four out of five stars.

Set on the Greek island of Crete, The Shape of Crete is a thrilling drama and passionate love story between a Bulgarian artist, Steffi, and James, an American historian. Rekindling their romance after a separation, Crete’s history of ancient myths and Nazi occupation entwines them in surprise and danger. They meet an Englishman searching for traces of his brother missing since 1943, and a local woman whose father was a partisan war leader; and then, shards of information reveal Steffi’s grandfather fought with the Nazis. Danger lurks when a local thug decides Steffi and Jim’s relationships with the others concerns gold lost in the war. The final tension-driven scenes unfold in a labyrinth-like cave in the spirit of the mythical battle between Theseus and the Minotaur. The unexpected conclusion questions whether love’s best outcome is enlightenment or physical survival.

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