Friends and Heroes: The Balkan Trilogy, Book 3 (Balkan Trilogy #3)
Bucharest has fallen, and Harriet and Guy Pringle have escaped to Athens in the nick of time to find several of their old acquaintances there already. But even Guy's eternal optimism fails him when he realises that his former employees feel no gratitude or loyalty to him. Guy and Harriet both come to realise that with Greece threatened by the Axis Powers, Athens is not the...more
What first attracted me to this trilogy was the history woven into the story. WW2 in Bucharest and Athens. The trilogy starts in the fall of 1939 and ends in the spring of 1941. You watch the fall of first Romania and then Greece. No, you don't watch, you live it along with a group characters that you come to know intimately. A close group of both friends and foes. The central protagonists are Harriet and Guy Pringle, but they are by no means the only characters. Th ...more
It's beautifully written as always with a distinct air of melancholy throughout and you feel your there with the all too human characters.
I suppose I'll have to read the second trilogy now...
The main focus of the narrative is Harriet's increasing estrangement from her husband due to what she sees as his greater commitment to the needs of others. This in turn drives her into the arms of a British serviceman stationed in Athens and awaiting further orders.
The relationship between Harriet and Charles Warden is " ...more