Whilst I write short stories myself and enjoy the discipline, I don't usually read anthologies. That being said, this my third colection of stories in almost as many weeks! As a reader I often find that a short story is just too short and I'm at the end almost before I've started. And, unfortunately, there are a lot of short stories out there that have no substance at all.
But that is not the case with this selection of ten tales. All set in Greece, the stories revolve around the people and the place. Hislop's novels - The Thread and The Island - demonstrate her understanding of the country, its history and the people. Her stunning prose does not hinder the pace of the stories nor does it impede the readers ability to see her characters and their locations clearly as she spins her tales. From Stavros, the priest in the first story right through to Theodoris, the groom in the final story, each of the central protagonists is clearly and carefully drawn. Establishing a character so clearly when the word count is automatically limited is difficult, but this author has mastered that skill.