#TFBookClub reads “Aphrodite’s Tears” set in THE CYCLADES, GREECE

19th February 2018

#TFBookClub March/April 2018

Our first six outings for the #TFBookClub have seen us travel the world, seeing different locations through the eyes of authors:

  • We have so far been #OnLiteraryLocation with Rosanna Ley’s The Little Theatre By The Sea (SARDINIA)
  • We have explored the sense of history in PRAGUE, reading Prague Nights by Benjamin Black
  • We have been on a real adventure to CENTRAL AMERICA with Maile Meloy’s Do Not Become Alarmed 
  • We have been immersed in an intense relationship between two female writers in Exquisite by Sarah Stovell, set in NORTHUMBERLAND and the LAKE DISTRICT,
  • We have met Harriet Steel’s Inspector de Silva in 1930s CEYLON (now SRI LANKA), experiencing Trouble in Nuala.
  • And most recently we have time-travelled to exotic GRANADA in historic ANDALUCIA SPAIN with Jane Johnson’s Court of Lions

Our latest #TFBookClub outing is to the beautiful CYCLADES in GREECE.


In Hannah Fielding’s Aphrodite’s Tears a young archaeologist travels to the remote island of Helios (based on the island of Santorini) to investigate an ancient shipwreck, becoming caught in a web of dark obsession, mystery and seduction.

In ancient Greece, one of the twelve labours of Hercules was to bring back a golden apple from the Garden of Hesperides. To archaeologist Oriel Anderson, joining a team of Greek divers on the island of Helios seems like the golden apple of her dreams.Yet the dream becomes a nightmare when she meets the devilish owner of the island, Damian Theodorakis.

In shocked recognition, she is flooded with the memory of a romantic night in a stranger’s arms, six summers ago. A very different man stands before her now, and Oriel senses that the sardonic Greek autocrat is hell-bent on playing a cat and mouse game with her. As they cross swords and passions mount, Oriel is aware that malevolent eyes watch her from the shadows. Dark rumours are whispered about the Theodorakis family.

What dangers lie in Helios: a bewitching land where ancient rituals are still enacted to appease the gods, young men risk their lives in the treacherous depths of the Ionian Sea, and the volatile earth can erupt at any moment? Will Oriel find the hidden treasures she seeks? Or will Damian s tragic past catch up with them, threatening to engulf them both?

Be inspired to join us reading “Aphrodite’s Tears” – check out this video….

Apply for a copy to read along:

If you would like to apply for a copy to read along with us during March and early April 2018, just leave a COMMENT below and tell us whether you prefer paper (UK only) or digital or either – by midnight, 28th February 2018. The first names out of the hat on THURSDAY 1st March 2018 will be sent copies of the book. After that we can all start turning the pages and share our thoughts over the subsequent weeks.

We will be in touch at the beginning of March if you are one of our lucky readers! Don’t forget, applications close midnight, 28th February 2018!

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  1. User: Angela Paull

    Posted on: 23/02/2018 at 5:52 pm

    I’m always about the paper copy still


  2. User: jubee4

    Posted on: 23/02/2018 at 8:04 am

    I would be delighted to have a paper copy to keep on my bookcase. (Once I’ve read it obviously!!) Thank you! I went to Greece with my High School back in the 1980s.


  3. User: Jane Willis

    Posted on: 21/02/2018 at 5:47 am

    a paper copy please. I’ve never visited Greece, but a book can take me to all kinds of places I’ve never been


  4. User: Caroline Walls

    Posted on: 20/02/2018 at 11:49 pm

    I would love a paper copy please.


  5. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 20/02/2018 at 2:15 pm

    A paper copy please, this book looks fascinating. History, mystery, romance & tragedy all set in beautiful Helios.


  6. User: Claire Broomsgrove

    Posted on: 19/02/2018 at 8:05 pm

    Paper copy please, looks a fascinating read.


  7. User: Sara Hill

    Posted on: 19/02/2018 at 4:53 pm

    I would love a paper copy please. I have never been to Greece although we did float by when on a gulet holiday in Turkey!


  8. User: Elspeth Pyper

    Posted on: 19/02/2018 at 12:14 pm

    Would love to read this book and join in with the book club discussion.


  9. User: Julie Ryan

    Posted on: 19/02/2018 at 12:14 pm

    Greece is my spiritual home. Would love a paper copy if possible but would be delighted with either.


  10. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 19/02/2018 at 12:02 pm

    I’d love a paper copy, please!
    I visited Greece in 1997, I went to Skyros to learn Reiki. Still remember the beautiful sea, the sunshine in a clear, bright sky & picking figs fresh from the tree for breakfast!


  11. User: Joanna Park

    Posted on: 19/02/2018 at 11:55 am

    I’d love a paper copy please sounds like a great book!


  12. User: Suzanne Ryan

    Posted on: 19/02/2018 at 11:16 am

    I would love a copy of this. I was in Santorini for me honeymoon (25 years ago this year!!) and I still rave about it.


  13. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 19/02/2018 at 11:08 am

    I’d love a paper copy please x


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