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In The Blood of The Greeks by Mary D. Brooks

Friday, June 26, 2015
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In The Blood of The Greeks is the first in a series of novels in the Intertwined Souls Series. The story of this first book is set in Greece during World War II. Our protagonist, Zoe, and her mother, Helena, are forced to leave their home in Larissa while Zoe's father goes to help the allied forces that are fighting off the German invasion. He promises Zoe that he will send word when the Germans are fought off and they can return home, but he never does.

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In Athena's Bluff, Helena sells her paintings to the Germans in order to eke out a living for her and her daughter; all the while hoping that Zoe will find a good man to marry and take care of the farm. Zoe has plans of her own: she wants to draw, help the Resistance to force the Germans out of Greece, and visit Australia. After the Greek Resistance successfully bomb a train track that is vital to the Germans, the commander of the occupation in Athena's Bluff randomly executes a few of the villagers; including Helena.

After her mother's death, Zoe is desperate to take a more active role in the Resistance. Her desire for revenge against the captain and his daughter overshadows the protestations of cousins, her prospective fiance, and the village's priest. However, fate is in Zoe's favor when the Resistance is presented with an opportunity to plant a spy in the commander's home; the commander wants a maid for his crippled daughter, Eva. Set on avenging her mother's death, Zoe takes the job and discovers that Eva is not who, or what, she expected.

Eva, the German commander's daughter, was crippled by a blast that targeted the commander's home in France. Against her wishes, she has joined her father in Athena's Bluff where she dons her black cloak every day and walks to the chapel with her guards as part of her physical therapy. However, readers soon realize that the Eva's father is more concerned about another illness that physical therapy won't cure; Eva is a lesbian, and has underwent a series of cruel "treatments" in order to "cure" her. 

Despite her feelings of antipathy towards Eva, Zoe finds herself inexplicably drawn to her. After Zoe begins working as Eva's maid, she realizes that there is more to Eva than meets the eye; the two become friends, and their bond develops beyond mere friendship.

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Brooks did a wonderful job of describing the details of the towns and in developing the characters. I thought that Brooks did a fantastic job of conveying the antipathy that the Greeks had towards the occupying forces, and the Germans' attitudes towards homosexuality at the time; without the graphic and grisly details.

Mary D. Brooks, book review, fiction, On My KindleThis isn’t a book that can be read in one day, it took me a couple of days to read it; however, I found the storyline compelling and found myself rooting for Eva and Zoe. I really enjoyed the book, and plan on buying the next book in this series.

For more information about the series, check out Mary D. Brooks' website. It has a ton of information  Want to get your hands on this awesome story? You can also purchase a purchase a copy of the eBook from Amazon.com for $2.99, it's free to read the book if you have Amazon Unlimited, or $14.65 for a paperback copy. It is also available in paperback over at B&N for $14.65. 
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