The Embroiderer

The Embroiderer

Set against the mosques and minarets of Asia Minor and the ruins of ancient Athens, 'The Embroiderer' is a gripping saga of love and loss, hope and despair, and of the extraordinary courage of women in the face of adversity. 1822: During one of the bloodiest massacres of The Greek War of Independence, a child is born to a woman of legendary beauty in the Byzantine monaster Set against the mosques and minarets of Asia Minor and the ruins of ancient Athens, 'The Embroiderer' is a gripping saga ...

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Title:The Embroiderer
Author:Kathryn Gauci
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1781322961
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:372 pages pages

The Embroiderer Reviews

  • Viviane Crystal
    Oct 02, 2016

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

  • Cel Jel
    Dec 19, 2014

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

    This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved...

    Just finished reading The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci.Read this in 2 reads.It is set in Turkey and Greece from 1822-1975. Prior to reading this book I knew little about the women of this era.The book contains fascinating information about the art of embroidery but also contains detail...

    The historical and cultural scope of The Embroiderer, debut novel by Kathryn Gauci, makes this book an important and compelling read. In western culture we have studied the great wars and a number of regional ones, but few of us would know anything of the Greek War of Independence, and...

    The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award www.chillwithabook.com "5 Big Stars! This is an excellent book." "Hard to believe it is Kathryn's first. Beautifully written, great storytelling, and obviously well researched. Her setting & ch...

    Normally I do not read books of this genre, now I wonder why not! I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction by Kathryn Gauchi who enthralled me with this tale of love and loss interwoven through difficult times, full of tension and intrigue. This is the sort of book you'll never w...

    I really enjoyed the story and found this period of history fascinating. Sometimes, especially the start, I found quite it rushed but other parts were very beautifully written and I was immersed in the lives of the characters especially Dimitra and Sophia. ...

    Brilliant sweeping saga. I was absorbed and awed! ...

    This book deserves more than 5 stars. ...

    "The Embroiderer" by Kathryn Gauci has been a marvellous find for me. It is just the kind of historical novel that I like to read. It is highly informative with a lot of political and cultural insights about a theatre of war I knew little about: The Ottoman Empire between 1822 and 1944...

    What a marvellous treat of a novel. Historically accurate and well researched this book has a wealth of information about a time and place less known about. The kind of book you can dive in and enjoy while learning about history through the character's fate. The novel uses a multitude...

    I have just finished reading 'The Embroiderer' By Kathryn Gauci. It is a MUST READ! I thoroughly enjoyed the intricate story line, based on the lives of a very interesting, but complicated family. The strength, the creativity and the loyalty of some of the women in this book were inc...

    Janet 'The Embroiderer' is a challenging but fascinating book which grippingly charts the historical struggles between the Greeks and the Turks. It is not dry history though but a story of lives full of passion and intrigue. There is almost a sensory overload as Gauci creates a very s...

    Read this book! Read this book! This is the most wonderfully embroidered story of families with links through generations, and friendship and love. It is set in the Ottoman Empire, and the days of Greek invasions, or attempts to reclaim land, and Turkish changes due to politics. Nazi o...

  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    Apr 06, 2015

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

  • Alan Hamilton
    Dec 01, 2014

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

  • Laura
    May 28, 2016

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

  • David Ebsworth
    Nov 10, 2014

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    Mar 10, 2015

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

  • Christoph Fischer
    Feb 25, 2016

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

    This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved...

    Just finished reading The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci.Read this in 2 reads.It is set in Turkey and Greece from 1822-1975. Prior to reading this book I knew little about the women of this era.The book contains fascinating information about the art of embroidery but also contains detail...

    The historical and cultural scope of The Embroiderer, debut novel by Kathryn Gauci, makes this book an important and compelling read. In western culture we have studied the great wars and a number of regional ones, but few of us would know anything of the Greek War of Independence, and...

    The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award www.chillwithabook.com "5 Big Stars! This is an excellent book." "Hard to believe it is Kathryn's first. Beautifully written, great storytelling, and obviously well researched. Her setting & ch...

    Normally I do not read books of this genre, now I wonder why not! I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction by Kathryn Gauchi who enthralled me with this tale of love and loss interwoven through difficult times, full of tension and intrigue. This is the sort of book you'll never w...

    I really enjoyed the story and found this period of history fascinating. Sometimes, especially the start, I found quite it rushed but other parts were very beautifully written and I was immersed in the lives of the characters especially Dimitra and Sophia. ...

    Brilliant sweeping saga. I was absorbed and awed! ...

    This book deserves more than 5 stars. ...

    "The Embroiderer" by Kathryn Gauci has been a marvellous find for me. It is just the kind of historical novel that I like to read. It is highly informative with a lot of political and cultural insights about a theatre of war I knew little about: The Ottoman Empire between 1822 and 1944...

  • Cphe
    Nov 29, 2015

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

  • Pamela Rogers
    Jul 26, 2016

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

  • David Baird
    Nov 02, 2015

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

  • S.C. Karakaltsas
    Apr 25, 2017

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

  • Alison Foley
    Mar 24, 2018

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

    This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved...

    Just finished reading The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci.Read this in 2 reads.It is set in Turkey and Greece from 1822-1975. Prior to reading this book I knew little about the women of this era.The book contains fascinating information about the art of embroidery but also contains detail...

    The historical and cultural scope of The Embroiderer, debut novel by Kathryn Gauci, makes this book an important and compelling read. In western culture we have studied the great wars and a number of regional ones, but few of us would know anything of the Greek War of Independence, and...

    The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award www.chillwithabook.com "5 Big Stars! This is an excellent book." "Hard to believe it is Kathryn's first. Beautifully written, great storytelling, and obviously well researched. Her setting & ch...

    Normally I do not read books of this genre, now I wonder why not! I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction by Kathryn Gauchi who enthralled me with this tale of love and loss interwoven through difficult times, full of tension and intrigue. This is the sort of book you'll never w...

    I really enjoyed the story and found this period of history fascinating. Sometimes, especially the start, I found quite it rushed but other parts were very beautifully written and I was immersed in the lives of the characters especially Dimitra and Sophia. ...

  • Effrosyni Moschoudi
    Jun 09, 2017

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

  • Elise McCune
    Nov 26, 2016

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

  • John Manuel
    Sep 22, 2017

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

    This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved...

    Just finished reading The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci.Read this in 2 reads.It is set in Turkey and Greece from 1822-1975. Prior to reading this book I knew little about the women of this era.The book contains fascinating information about the art of embroidery but also contains detail...

    The historical and cultural scope of The Embroiderer, debut novel by Kathryn Gauci, makes this book an important and compelling read. In western culture we have studied the great wars and a number of regional ones, but few of us would know anything of the Greek War of Independence, and...

    The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award www.chillwithabook.com "5 Big Stars! This is an excellent book." "Hard to believe it is Kathryn's first. Beautifully written, great storytelling, and obviously well researched. Her setting & ch...

    Normally I do not read books of this genre, now I wonder why not! I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction by Kathryn Gauchi who enthralled me with this tale of love and loss interwoven through difficult times, full of tension and intrigue. This is the sort of book you'll never w...

    I really enjoyed the story and found this period of history fascinating. Sometimes, especially the start, I found quite it rushed but other parts were very beautifully written and I was immersed in the lives of the characters especially Dimitra and Sophia. ...

    Brilliant sweeping saga. I was absorbed and awed! ...

  • Marjory McGinn
    Sep 10, 2016

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

  • Yvonne Payne
    Dec 04, 2014

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

  • June Mercieca
    Jan 18, 2015

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

    This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved...

    Just finished reading The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci.Read this in 2 reads.It is set in Turkey and Greece from 1822-1975. Prior to reading this book I knew little about the women of this era.The book contains fascinating information about the art of embroidery but also contains detail...

  • Eleanor Sapia
    Jan 09, 2015

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

  • May Panayi
    Sep 20, 2015

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

  • Jenny Greenwell
    Jan 04, 2015

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

  • Oni McPherson
    Feb 18, 2015

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

    This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved...

    Just finished reading The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci.Read this in 2 reads.It is set in Turkey and Greece from 1822-1975. Prior to reading this book I knew little about the women of this era.The book contains fascinating information about the art of embroidery but also contains detail...

    The historical and cultural scope of The Embroiderer, debut novel by Kathryn Gauci, makes this book an important and compelling read. In western culture we have studied the great wars and a number of regional ones, but few of us would know anything of the Greek War of Independence, and...

    The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award www.chillwithabook.com "5 Big Stars! This is an excellent book." "Hard to believe it is Kathryn's first. Beautifully written, great storytelling, and obviously well researched. Her setting & ch...

    Normally I do not read books of this genre, now I wonder why not! I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction by Kathryn Gauchi who enthralled me with this tale of love and loss interwoven through difficult times, full of tension and intrigue. This is the sort of book you'll never w...

    I really enjoyed the story and found this period of history fascinating. Sometimes, especially the start, I found quite it rushed but other parts were very beautifully written and I was immersed in the lives of the characters especially Dimitra and Sophia. ...

    Brilliant sweeping saga. I was absorbed and awed! ...

    This book deserves more than 5 stars. ...

    "The Embroiderer" by Kathryn Gauci has been a marvellous find for me. It is just the kind of historical novel that I like to read. It is highly informative with a lot of political and cultural insights about a theatre of war I knew little about: The Ottoman Empire between 1822 and 1944...

    What a marvellous treat of a novel. Historically accurate and well researched this book has a wealth of information about a time and place less known about. The kind of book you can dive in and enjoy while learning about history through the character's fate. The novel uses a multitude...

    I have just finished reading 'The Embroiderer' By Kathryn Gauci. It is a MUST READ! I thoroughly enjoyed the intricate story line, based on the lives of a very interesting, but complicated family. The strength, the creativity and the loyalty of some of the women in this book were inc...

  • Barbara Lamplugh
    Jun 19, 2015

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

    This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved...

  • Jeannette
    Oct 24, 2017

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

    This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved...

    Just finished reading The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci.Read this in 2 reads.It is set in Turkey and Greece from 1822-1975. Prior to reading this book I knew little about the women of this era.The book contains fascinating information about the art of embroidery but also contains detail...

    The historical and cultural scope of The Embroiderer, debut novel by Kathryn Gauci, makes this book an important and compelling read. In western culture we have studied the great wars and a number of regional ones, but few of us would know anything of the Greek War of Independence, and...

    The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award www.chillwithabook.com "5 Big Stars! This is an excellent book." "Hard to believe it is Kathryn's first. Beautifully written, great storytelling, and obviously well researched. Her setting & ch...

    Normally I do not read books of this genre, now I wonder why not! I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction by Kathryn Gauchi who enthralled me with this tale of love and loss interwoven through difficult times, full of tension and intrigue. This is the sort of book you'll never w...

    I really enjoyed the story and found this period of history fascinating. Sometimes, especially the start, I found quite it rushed but other parts were very beautifully written and I was immersed in the lives of the characters especially Dimitra and Sophia. ...

    Brilliant sweeping saga. I was absorbed and awed! ...

    This book deserves more than 5 stars. ...

  • Molly
    Feb 24, 2016

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

    This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved...

    Just finished reading The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci.Read this in 2 reads.It is set in Turkey and Greece from 1822-1975. Prior to reading this book I knew little about the women of this era.The book contains fascinating information about the art of embroidery but also contains detail...

    The historical and cultural scope of The Embroiderer, debut novel by Kathryn Gauci, makes this book an important and compelling read. In western culture we have studied the great wars and a number of regional ones, but few of us would know anything of the Greek War of Independence, and...

    The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award www.chillwithabook.com "5 Big Stars! This is an excellent book." "Hard to believe it is Kathryn's first. Beautifully written, great storytelling, and obviously well researched. Her setting & ch...

    Normally I do not read books of this genre, now I wonder why not! I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction by Kathryn Gauchi who enthralled me with this tale of love and loss interwoven through difficult times, full of tension and intrigue. This is the sort of book you'll never w...

    I really enjoyed the story and found this period of history fascinating. Sometimes, especially the start, I found quite it rushed but other parts were very beautifully written and I was immersed in the lives of the characters especially Dimitra and Sophia. ...

    Brilliant sweeping saga. I was absorbed and awed! ...

    This book deserves more than 5 stars. ...

    "The Embroiderer" by Kathryn Gauci has been a marvellous find for me. It is just the kind of historical novel that I like to read. It is highly informative with a lot of political and cultural insights about a theatre of war I knew little about: The Ottoman Empire between 1822 and 1944...

    What a marvellous treat of a novel. Historically accurate and well researched this book has a wealth of information about a time and place less known about. The kind of book you can dive in and enjoy while learning about history through the character's fate. The novel uses a multitude...

  • Judith Michael
    May 23, 2018

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

    This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved...

    Just finished reading The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci.Read this in 2 reads.It is set in Turkey and Greece from 1822-1975. Prior to reading this book I knew little about the women of this era.The book contains fascinating information about the art of embroidery but also contains detail...

    The historical and cultural scope of The Embroiderer, debut novel by Kathryn Gauci, makes this book an important and compelling read. In western culture we have studied the great wars and a number of regional ones, but few of us would know anything of the Greek War of Independence, and...

  • Janet
    Oct 10, 2015

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

    This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved...

    Just finished reading The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci.Read this in 2 reads.It is set in Turkey and Greece from 1822-1975. Prior to reading this book I knew little about the women of this era.The book contains fascinating information about the art of embroidery but also contains detail...

    The historical and cultural scope of The Embroiderer, debut novel by Kathryn Gauci, makes this book an important and compelling read. In western culture we have studied the great wars and a number of regional ones, but few of us would know anything of the Greek War of Independence, and...

    The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award www.chillwithabook.com "5 Big Stars! This is an excellent book." "Hard to believe it is Kathryn's first. Beautifully written, great storytelling, and obviously well researched. Her setting & ch...

    Normally I do not read books of this genre, now I wonder why not! I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction by Kathryn Gauchi who enthralled me with this tale of love and loss interwoven through difficult times, full of tension and intrigue. This is the sort of book you'll never w...

    I really enjoyed the story and found this period of history fascinating. Sometimes, especially the start, I found quite it rushed but other parts were very beautifully written and I was immersed in the lives of the characters especially Dimitra and Sophia. ...

    Brilliant sweeping saga. I was absorbed and awed! ...

    This book deserves more than 5 stars. ...

    "The Embroiderer" by Kathryn Gauci has been a marvellous find for me. It is just the kind of historical novel that I like to read. It is highly informative with a lot of political and cultural insights about a theatre of war I knew little about: The Ottoman Empire between 1822 and 1944...

    What a marvellous treat of a novel. Historically accurate and well researched this book has a wealth of information about a time and place less known about. The kind of book you can dive in and enjoy while learning about history through the character's fate. The novel uses a multitude...

    I have just finished reading 'The Embroiderer' By Kathryn Gauci. It is a MUST READ! I thoroughly enjoyed the intricate story line, based on the lives of a very interesting, but complicated family. The strength, the creativity and the loyalty of some of the women in this book were inc...

    Janet 'The Embroiderer' is a challenging but fascinating book which grippingly charts the historical struggles between the Greeks and the Turks. It is not dry history though but a story of lives full of passion and intrigue. There is almost a sensory overload as Gauci creates a very s...

  • ChillwithabookAWARD With
    Jun 28, 2017

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

    This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved...

    Just finished reading The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci.Read this in 2 reads.It is set in Turkey and Greece from 1822-1975. Prior to reading this book I knew little about the women of this era.The book contains fascinating information about the art of embroidery but also contains detail...

    The historical and cultural scope of The Embroiderer, debut novel by Kathryn Gauci, makes this book an important and compelling read. In western culture we have studied the great wars and a number of regional ones, but few of us would know anything of the Greek War of Independence, and...

    The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award www.chillwithabook.com "5 Big Stars! This is an excellent book." "Hard to believe it is Kathryn's first. Beautifully written, great storytelling, and obviously well researched. Her setting & ch...

  • Yolande White
    Jun 12, 2017

    Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years. I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and ...

    I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wa...

    If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The nove...

    I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it. For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life? but there?s so much more to the boo...

    When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ?It?s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read?. What a lesson I had. The adage, ?don?t judge a book by its cover?, in my case is replaced by, ?don?t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity?. As I read it, ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous per...

    Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios a...

    Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this b...

    I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by th...

    James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here tho...

    This is Kathryn Gauci?s début novel ? but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final ...

    Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to fi...

    This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Gre...

    A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author ...

    A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that enti...

    For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra?s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted befo...

    It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage. The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Gree...

    This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved...

    Just finished reading The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci.Read this in 2 reads.It is set in Turkey and Greece from 1822-1975. Prior to reading this book I knew little about the women of this era.The book contains fascinating information about the art of embroidery but also contains detail...

    The historical and cultural scope of The Embroiderer, debut novel by Kathryn Gauci, makes this book an important and compelling read. In western culture we have studied the great wars and a number of regional ones, but few of us would know anything of the Greek War of Independence, and...

    The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award www.chillwithabook.com "5 Big Stars! This is an excellent book." "Hard to believe it is Kathryn's first. Beautifully written, great storytelling, and obviously well researched. Her setting & ch...

    Normally I do not read books of this genre, now I wonder why not! I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction by Kathryn Gauchi who enthralled me with this tale of love and loss interwoven through difficult times, full of tension and intrigue. This is the sort of book you'll never w...