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The story unfolds from a dual vantage point. Leni tells of her experiences as she attempts to understand the Greek culture she was orphaned from and the tumultuous relationship of the Greeks and Turks in the vicinity. A secondary point of view intersperses the difficult story of Pru, Leni’s adoptive mother and her experiences while living in the same location in 1974. The story artfully intertwines the two elements into one riveting tale.
Each detail is skillfully revealed in a natural progression of the plot. The story is laden with powerful sensory descriptions that allow the reader to experience the journey, and the conflicts that drove it in an intense manner.
The relevance of the journey both women take is carefully interspersed with historical accuracy describing the Turkish invasion and occupation of the Greek town of Famagusta, part of which is the modern day ghost town of Varosha.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read!
“Daughter of the Winds” has touched me deeply as a result. I also think it is wonderful that a British author wrote it as to provide readers with a fresh perspective of the event. Jo Bunt has done an excellent job setting the scene, both for pregnant Pru who felt lost in the middle of a war that didn’t concern her, as well as for Leni who visited Cyprus seemingly as a tourist but in reality with a secret wish that burnt inside her heart. I found the descriptions of Famagusta utterly fascinating although oddly enough, more at the beginning and less when Leni actually made it through the barbed wire fence. Once she got there, the descriptions of the ghost town and of Leni’s mother’s derelict house went on and on and with a lot of detail. Half of it would have sufficed quite well but this long and detailed account had the undesirable effect of distracting me. They drew the flow to a halt, snapping me begrudgingly as a reader out of the illusion of being there. This is the only significant weakness that I found in the whole of the book.
The scenes of death and devastation were incredibly raw and realistic, including the scene of Pru at the beach towards the end of the book. Jo Bunt did a remarkable job conveying the anguish, the fear and the pain of the people of Cyprus at this difficult time in their history.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the local cuisine too, both at the restaurant that Leni frequented and at her guesthouse. The locals in Leni’s story were a bunch of lively, adorable people although I never warmed to the waiter. The flirting between him and Leni felt awkward from the word go plus his actions and words often came off as unpredictable. Then again, that may have been the author’s actual purpose for some reason.
As for the adorable kids at the guesthouse, it was particularly delightful to read about them. I won’t give any spoilers here but I also found the little twist at the end enchanting and delightful.
All in all, this was a great book and I have already recommended it to a few of my friends. It was also highly informative and I really enjoyed hearing all about the cosmopolitan days of Famagusta when it used to be frequented by Hollywood movie stars. Something I didn’t know! I am giving this novel five stars regardless of the long descriptions that I mentioned before as a weakness. I enjoyed this book utterly in all other respects and so I still feel it deserves top marks. Looking forward to this author’s next book already!
Daughter of the Winds was a wonderfully touching novel, rich in history, vivid in description and detail. Jo Bunt writes in such as way that you are drawn into the novel asking more questions about what is going on, and of course the only way to find out is to keep reading.
The novel moves back and forth between the 1970’s and the present day but each change to the past complements the information given in the present. Leni can see her past through the fence in the no-entry zone of what used to be the town of Varosha. As the reader, we get to experience it through the eyes of her mother Pru in the 1970’s.
I found this book to be educational as well as entertaining. I had no idea there was even a war there in the ‘60s and ‘70s. As a woman nearing childbirth, it must have been frightening indeed.
For those of you who love to indulge in culinary tastes of other countries, you will delight in the wonderful meals that Leni is presented with. She is a food columnist for a magazine doing an article, so the descriptions of the food and their preparation in the book are mouth-watering. Where’s the nearest authentic Greek restaurant?
The pacing of the book was excellent. It totally drew me in and held my attention. I thoroughly enjoyed it and gave Daughter of the Winds 5 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
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