By Anthony Stancomb
A London artwork broker and his spouse, uninterested in the tension and turmoil of metropolitan existence, notice the idyllic island of Vis.
Impulsively they promote their domestic and enterprise, say farewell to their grownup young children and circulate to the island, yet being the 1st foreigners to continue to exist the island, the close-knit neighborhood is extremely suspicious of them.
The ebook charts their makes an attempt to achieve recognition and the various rebuffs that they endure. Their efforts usually land them in very awkward (and occasionally hilarious) events, yet they persist and locate themselves stuck up within the sour rivalries, amorous affairs and family members dramas of the village.
Through this they examine much concerning the islanders’ angle to marriage, morality, health and wellbeing and demise, and the impact that communism has had on everyone’s lives.
‘Looking for a great vacation learn test less than a Croatian solar. a narrative approximately cultural distinction and popularity. For enthusiasts of using Over Lemons, below a Tuscan sunlight and A 12 months in Provence, this can be a humorous, heart-warming vacation learn for individuals of all ages.’
‘A captivating precise tale of a pair who flow from London to a country Croatian island.’
‘A solid read.’
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