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Eleni - Nicholas Gage Every now and again a book comes along that shakes you up and makes you thank god for the life you have lived and trust me this is just one of those books.

I have to admit I have a bad habit of judging a book by its cover and not liking the cover of this book I left it in my bookcase for quite awhile but once I read the blurb on this book(and Goodreads member Chrissie's wonderful review) I knew this was going to be a difficult and harrowing read and yet a deeply inspiring story.

“In 1948 in a Greek mountain village, Eleni Gatzoyiannis was arrested, tortured and shot. She was one of the 158,000 victims of the Greek Civil War. Her crime had been to help her children escape from the communist guerrillas who occupied their village . Her son Nicholas Gage was then eight years old. And this is the story of his obsessive reconstruction of his mother’s life and death and his Pursuit of this mother’s killer”

This Book Eleni is an amazing tribute to a wonderful, loving and caring mother who against all the customs and hardships of her country tries to protect her children during the Greek civil war.

I learned so much from this book, I love a book that can inform and educate you and this book gave me so much information on the Greek Civil War, Greek culture and traditions.

Even if you do not like historical books about war, this a wonderful story of the love of a mother for her children and the decisions she is prepared to make in order to protect them which ultimately cost her life.

This is wonderful read, tough and harrowing but extremely well written and a very rewarding read. A deserving 5 Stars.