The Crimson Thread

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The Crimson Thread

In Nazi - occupied Crete, a young woman risks her life to hide two Allied soldiers from the Germans…

“There’s a reason why Kate Forsyth is one of Australia’s most beloved storytellers-it’s because she writes such enchanting tales.” - Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Riviera House

The Crimson Thread

“Love, jealousy, war, espionage, and myth combine in a tale as complex and beguiling as Ariadne's labyrinth I couldn't put it down!” - Kate Quinn, New York Times Bestselling author of The Diamond Eye

About The Crimson Thread

In Nazi-occupied Crete, a young woman risks her life to hide two Allied soldiers from the Germans… The people of Crete have three great passions: love of country, love of freedom, love of life. The Nazis brought subjugation, enslavement, death.

May 1941. German paratroopers launch a blitzkrieg from the air against Crete. They are met with fierce defiance, the Greeks fighting back with daggers, pitchforks and kitchen knives tied to broomsticks.

During the bloody eleven-day battle that follows, a young Greek woman named Alenka saves the lives of two young Australian soldiers. Jack and Teddy are childhood friends who joined up together to see the world. Both men fall in love with Alenka. Both are forced to retreat with the tattered remains of the Allied forces over the towering White Mountains. Both are left behind in the desperate evacuation from Crete's storm-lashed southern coast.

Alenka hides Jack and Teddy at great risk to herself. Her brother Axel is a Nazi sympathiser and collaborator who spies on her every move. She must somehow keep them all alive, without her brother finding out her secret. As Crete suffers under the Nazi jackboot, Alenka is drawn into an intense triangle of conflicting emotions with Jack and Teddy. Their friendship suffers under the strain of months of hiding and their rivalry for her love. Together, they join the resistance and fight to free the island, but all three will find themselves tested to their limits. Alenka must choose whom to trust, whom to love and whom to save- her brother or her beloved.

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