Reaching for Independence: A Novel of the Greek Struggle for Freedom (Hardcover)

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Reaching for Independence is both about war and about love. The story is set in the nineteenth century during Greece’s chaotic War for Independence from the Ottoman Turks. The fascinating historical figures include Captain Bouboulina, the woman who launched the war to free Greece, two Greek war commanders, Mavrocordatos and Kolokotronis, who opposed each other—nearly causing a civil war—and the famous poet, Lord Byron, who led troops to victory. Real characters intermingle with fictional ones. Widowed Dr. Mikos and his teen-aged daughters, Zoe and Lyrica, move from a Greek island to the mainland to establish a hidden clinic for wounded soldiers. Zoe faces a dilemma: She is betrothed to Philip, a soldier, who is brilliant and ambitious. His younger brother, Iscos, becomes wounded in battle and is taken to the clinic. While tending him, Zoe realizes how deeply she cares for him. Suspense builds as victory in war seems in doubt, and no one knows until the end which brother will win Zoe’s love.

About the Author

Following a career teaching French and English, Barbara Youree began writing. Her work covers several different genres, but the most acclaimed book is the narrative nonfiction, Courageous Journey, about two Sudanese young men whom she mentored during their first year in the United States. It was chosen as a finalist in the 2008 USA Today Best Books. President Jimmy Carter wrote one of the praise blurbs on the back cover. In her private life, Youree enjoys traveling. With her interest in art of all kinds, she has served as a docent at two large museums and dabbled in some art herself.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781592113125
ISBN-10: 1592113125
Publisher: Addison & Highsmith Publishers
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2023
Pages: 268
Language: English