Book One – Kritsotopoula

Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa is now available as a paperback as a souvenir from your trip to Crete!


I’m delighted that Eklektos Bookshop in Elounda has my novel on sale. The shop owner, Lynne will even make you a cuppa while you browse!

In the heart of Kritsa’s upper high street, (named Kritsotopoula Street after the heroine of my story) the book is available from Nikitakis Gift shop (opposite Arisitidis Cafe).

If getting to Crete is not an option, or if you prefer an ebook, these are the retailers:


Available as a paperback direct from the publisher, SilverWood Books, just click on the book cover.

Or, click here if you want to order a paperback or ebook from

To order from Amazon in the UK,  you can click here for . For some reason, the UK Amazon reviews don’t show up on other places, so to take a look, click here Amazon Reviews

Introduction… This lively historical adventure, based on the real life of Rodanthe, a young woman from the village of Kritsa in Crete, depicts her courageous rebellion against Ottoman oppression.

Throughout her childhood escapades, Rodanthe, feisty daughter of the pappas (priest), yearned for her father’s approval without appreciating how hard he worked to keep her, and the rest of his Christian flock from harm.

Years later, the ruling Pasha ordered Rodanthe’s kidnap intent on making her his wife.  Determined not to yield, Rodanthe tricked the Pasha before fleeing to the mountains dressed in his clothing, taking with her secrets to inflame the rebels. After gaining acceptance by a fierce rebel leader she lived and fought as a remarkable young man nicknamed Spanomanolis, meaning Beardless Manolis.

Now honoured as Kritsotopoula (Girl of Kritsa), villagers celebrate Rodanthe, and her comrades, annually in front of a poignant stone carving.  This monument portrays the moment in 1823 when brave Rodanthe’s secret was exposed, a point mirrored in this novel as it culminates with a twist.

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Beryl Darby,  author of Yannis, set on the leper island of Spinalonga kindly gave this review  of Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa:

‘Yvonne’s vivid descriptions of village life and the battles, along with her sensitive portrayal of the innermost thoughts of her central character are both moving and believable.’

More importantly, what did you think of the book? I’d love you to leave a comment below, and/ or on Amazon. x

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