It is late 1940. The Germans are advancing into the Balkans and British servicemen are sent to Greece. Among them are Alex, Hugh and the street-wise Eddie. In a crowded Athenian square, Alex literally bumps into Marina, a nurse in a local hospital. Both are immediately smitten, and plunge into a whirlwind romance, but will Marina's father allow her to marry a British soldier? Alex and Hugh are sent to the Front in the north of the country. Soon German tanks roll in and the sky is filled with enemy planes. British troops are vastly outnumbered and are ordered to evacuate. The journey south is long; the mountain roads are treacherous. They come under constant bombing and strafing. The three friends, separated from one another, try to reach safety. Not all will survive. Who will escape to freedom and what will happen to those who aren't so lucky? And what will become of Marina, left behind in Nazi-occupied Greece?
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Born in the North-West of England, M.Y. Speak graduated from the University of London (Royal Holloway College), having obtained a degree in French with Italian subsidiary. She has taught English as a Foreign Language in Italy, as well as French and Italian in the United Kingdom. In 2002, under the name Yvonne Carroll, she published 'A Hymn for Eternity: the story of Wallace Hartley, Titanic Bandmaster'. She is married with three grown-up children. Now retired, she lives in Pennine Lancashire.
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