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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas Advent 2015 - Day 1 - Among the Olive Groves by Chrissie Parker

Among the Olive Groves by Chrissie Parker

Elena Petrakis adores living on the Greek island of Zakynthos. When World War Two looms her way of life is threatened. Left with no choice she joins the island's resistance to fight for what she believes in; her family, her home, and her freedom. 

 Decades later, thousands of miles away in the Cornish town of Newquay, Kate Fisher prepares to celebrate her twenty-first birthday, but her joy is fleeting when she learns she is adopted. Abandoning life in England, Kate flees to Zakynthos, where she is forced to acknowledge a life she has struggled to come to terms with, one that will change her future. 

 From the beautiful crystal turquoise seas of the Ionian Islands to the rugged shores of the Cornish coast, 'Among the Olive Groves' is a story of love, bravery and sacrifice.

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Born and brought up in Bristol Chrissie Parker spent ten years working at the Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. In 1999 she moved to London to live with her husband and after living and working there for almost 16 years, Chrissie and her husband have now moved back to the West Country and live in a small village in Devon. Chrissie works as a freelance Production Coordinator in the TV, documentary and film industry, as well as being an Author. Her thriller Integrate (a novella) was released in October 2013. Her historical Fiction Among the Olive Groves was released in July 2014. A sequel to Integrate called Temperance will be released later this year. 

Other written work includes factual articles for the Bristolian newspaper and guest articles for the charities Epilepsy Awareness Squad and Epilepsy Literary Heritage Foundation. Chrissie has also written a book of short stories and poems, one of which was performed at the 100 poems by 100 women event at the Bath International Literary Festival in 2013. 

Chrissie is passionate about Ancient History, Archaeology and Travel, and has completed two six-month Archaeology and Egyptology courses with Exeter University. She also likes to read, collect books, and listen to music.

The first thing Chrissie thinks of at the thought of Christmas is...
When I think of Christmas I never just think of one thing, I always think of a mixture of things. Snow, reindeers, red decorations, bright lights on trees, families sharing special moments together, a whole multitude of things that go towards making it a special time of year.

What makes Christmas special for Chrissie... A special Christmas for me is spending time with loved ones. It’s an important time of year for me, and spending time with my husband and family makes Christmas very special.

Chrissie's Christmas Wish for 2015...
Peace and happiness. With all the hatred in the world currently I’d like to think that Christmas can still be a time of Peace, happiness and love, where friends and families can join together and just enjoy themselves.

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Sharon x

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  1. What a great idea for an alternative advent! The book sounds exciting and heart-wrenching, perfect for the festive season.

  2. love the christmas book advent calender! So good :) great post xx

  3. Reading again, just shared your post with a friend! She loved the advent calendar idea to x

  4. All my favourite books are always in two different time frames, this sounds great.


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