The Clover House - Henriette Lazaridis Power

Released April 2013

Henriette Lazaridis Power
Ballantine Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

The Clover House takes place both in present day and in the 1940s. Switches from one era to the other flow seamlessly, so there's no confusion to be found in this Henriette Lazaridis Power's debut novel.

Calliope Notaris Brown is saddened to learn that her cherished uncle died. She's inherited his belongings, so she must fly to Greece and start sorting through boxes of his treasures. She's never had a close relationship with her mother, so the trip to Greece is not high on her list. Having her mother continually pushing her to leave things. The truth about her mother's life is to be found in those things, and if revealed, nothing will ever be the same.

Clio Notaris grew up in Greece, the oldest of four children. They're a well-off family, but World War II changes everything.

The setting for The Clover House really drew me in. I've never been to Greece, though it's high on my list, my father, however, was stationed in Greece and talks about it frequently. The author talks about Greece with the same passion my father does.

The story draws you in too. Calliope and her mother come off as slightly unlikeable. Calliope can't see a good thing standing right in front of her, and her mother, well I just didn't get that woman until the secret is revealed. Then tears come to the eyes and you feel rewarded for reading every word.

This is an addicting story and a stunning debut. I can't wait to see what the author has up her sleeve in the future.


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