New Book, Rodanthe’s Gift

rodanthes-gift_cover_finalI always thought Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa was a one-off book, but it seems I have the bug!! I’m delighted to announce Rodanthe’s Gift is now available via Amazon in paperback and ebook.

Imagine my delight when Richard Clark, acclaimed author of Eastern Crete – A Notebook and other Greek travel guides kindly read the story and said:-

‘Yvonne Payne has managed to weave many of the major events in the battle for Greek independence into this rip-roaring historical adventure. Her novel reaches epic proportions as the struggle for freedom shifts between the island of Crete and mainland Greece. The author is a great storyteller, and this, in harness with her great attention to historical detail, makes Rodanthe’s Gift a terrific read.’

This is a universal link to your ‘local’

Kritsotopoula screen versionNow let’s skip back to Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa. I used a long-established, orally handed down, folk poem as the basis of my story. I managed to cover most of the key information provided by the poem except I didn’t address why a rich Russian Pappas, (priest) was in Kritsa on the day Rodanthe the story’s heroine was born. I did mention the fact this pappas gave Rodanthe a very generous one hundred gold napoleon coins as a baptismal gift. However, the poem gives no clues as to why this baby important to him. I wondered about this until I woke up one day with a very clear explanation to act as the catalyst for the new novel. If you want to read the first story first, this is the universal

During the research for Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa I ended up with far more ‘stuff’ than could squeeze into one book. When I discovered that Captain Kazanis, a real life hero from the first novel, fought in the dreadful siege of Missolonghi on mainland Greece it set my brain racing. How did he get there? What was his role?  Did he meet Lord Byron? I knew he died on the island of Naxos in 1846, so how did he manage to be one of the very few survivors of the siege?

One of my favourite ways to generate ideas is to find the gaps in facts, ask questions and then, if I can’t find the answer, my imagination takes over. The result of all these questions and answers is Rodanthe’s Gift.

Once a book is published it’s agony waiting for the first review so a BIG thank you goes to Ann Green who posted this on Amazon:-

5.0 out of 5 stars You have to read these books!!    22 October 2018

Yvonne you did it again! Fantastic book full of historical information and I love how it continued from where Kritsotopoulou (sic) left off and not a few years later like some follow up books do. You really bring things to life with your style of writing. At times I almost felt as though I were there in the thick of it. Especially in Kritsa where I could picture myself in the narrow streets and ally’s. It’s hard to comprehend what they went through at the hands of the Ottomans but you really give a great insight into it. I just hope there’s a 3rd book!!!!! Pretty please 😉😉                                                                                          

Did you know Amazon now insist people spend a specified amount in the previous year before leaving a review? Some of my readers have contacted me to say this makes them ineligible and one of these was fellow author Beryl Darby. I love getting feedback and I hope Amazon’s policy won’t stop readers finding a way to let me know their thoughts. You can use the comment facility below or email me via I’m pleased to say Beryl added her review to my previous blog post about our visit to the Kritsotopoula museum in September. This is the lovely review from Beryl Darby:

I have just finished reading ‘Rodanthe’s Gift’ and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yvonne’s meticulous attention to historical detail and authenticity makes her book compelling reading. War scenes are described in all their horror, but between the citizens you can feel the loyalty and concern the Greek people have for each other.

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