Jan 27, 2017

Book Beginning: The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop

The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop, July 7, 2015 by Harper Paperbacks.
"...a saga of survival set during the 1974 coup d'etat in Cyprus that tells the intersecting stories of three families whose lives are decimated when ethnic tensions erupt into conflict." 

Book beginning:
Famagusta 15 August, 1972

Famagusta was golden. The beach the bodies of sunbathers and the lives of those who lived there were gilded by warmth and good fortune.

Fine, pale sand and a turquoise sea had together created the most perfect bay in the Mediterranean and pleasure-seekers came from all around the world to soak up its warmth and to enjoy the sensual pleasure of the calm waters that gently lapped around them. Here was a glimpse of paradise.

Page 56:
The (water polo) teams were mostly made up of Greek Cypriots, but some of the strongest players were Turkish Cypriot, and he often tried to persuade his youngest brother, Ali, to come down to the beach for a game.  

Victoria Hislop read English at Oxford, and worked in publishing, PR and as a journalist before becoming a novelist. She is married with two children.

Memes: The Friday 56. Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% of your eReader. Find any sentence that grabs you. Post it, and add your URL post in Linky at Freda's Voice. Also visit Book Beginning at Rose City Reader.


  1. Paradise comes at a price too. Not sure this is one for me but it does sound interesting.

    My Friday 56 from Chasing Fireflies

  2. Sounds like a heavenly place. :-) Happy weekend!

  3. Sounds like a lovely place for escape...but the tensions and conflicts seem to be right around the corner. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine: “THE FUTURES”

  4. Sounds like the author has described a beautiful area as it was before the action takes place. I like it when authors do that. This sounds like a story I'd enjoy.
    My Friday post features The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

  5. Sounds like a great book to warm up to. Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  6. The cover, the beginning, and the "56"--ooh! This sounds like it will be captivating.

  7. What a fascinating setting and topic! I love the sound of the beginning especially!

  8. Love the cover.

    Hope you enjoy the book. Thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
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