Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Yvonne Payne, Linda Bethea, Sacha de Black, Deborah Bowman

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Welcome to another showcase of the authors in the bookstore with books that make great Christmas gifts. If like me you look out at grey, wintery skies and long for some sunshine and warmth, Yvonne Payne with her book Kritsotopoula: Girl of Kritsa might just be the book for you.

About the book

Throughout her childhood exploits, the feisty daughter, Rodanthe, of Kritsa’s pappas (priest), yearns for her father’s approval without appreciating his efforts to keep her safe under Ottoman oppression.Years later, the ruling Pasha orders Rodanthe’s kidnap intent on making her his wife. Determined not to yield, Rodanthe tricks the Pasha, and then flees to the mountains dressed as a young man.

After joining rebels as Spanomanolis (Beardless Manolis), she draws on her unusual experiences and rare education to maintain her disguise throughout daring raids.Now, honored as Kritsotopoula (Girl of Kritsa), villagers celebrate Rodanthe’s exploits annually in front of…

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