During their childhood in Sydney, Maria and her older sister, Nicki, were friends with Dimity, the girl who lived across the street. They grew up together, spending many joyous afternoons in each other's company. They loved creating art, and Dimity and Nicki, with a little help from Maria, came first in an art project at school with a tapestry they made by hand, which depicted island life in Greece. They always believed nothing would separate them - but would sadly find that nothing was a tall order. When Nicki and Maria's parents uproot them to move to Greece, leaving Dimity behind, they discover that even the strongest friendships can disintegrate.
Now, almost twenty years later, each of them has their own life. Dimity lives in a designer house with her sexy husband, an industrial designer named Malcolm, and their two daughters. She loves Malcolm, but struggles to get along with his mother, and is tired of playing the accommodating wife. In need of change and inspiration, she sets off to Greece to see where an unplanned journey may take her.
Maria has both the career and the family, but still feels the need to prove herself to her mother. After her mother hides invitations to her cousin's wedding in Greece from her, Maria is spurred into action. She is sick of her mother's interference and heads to Greece in search of answers.
Nicki also has a successful career, but she and her husband, Marco, are unable to have what they really want - a child. This fills Nicki with constant sadness, and puts a lot of pressure on her relationship with Marco. Needing a change in life, she follows her sister to Greece, and stays in a peaceful, historic village outside the small city of Ioannina.
Will Greece fill Nicki's heart with light and hope again?
As Maria, Nicki, and Dimity each try to untangle their complex lives, will they find their way home and weave their own beautiful reality?
The Greek Tapestry (Julie & Friends, Book 2) can be read as part of a series, following on from the delightful Eventually Julie (Julie & Friends, Book 1). In this latest book, it's Maria's turn to take centre stage Joining her are many exciting new characters, as well as some familiar and popular faces from Book 1.
Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to join the fun in magical Greece!
"Anthea's new novel reads like you're watching a very well made chick-flick movie! Someone make a movie out of this, please." - The Rambling Boho
"Anthea did a wonderful task of putting the reader into the beautiful scenes. I can not say enough about that." - Goodreads review
"This is one book you'll not want to miss." - Goodreads review
"She created such a lovely and captivating vision of Greece, that I almost put the book down and bought my flight to Athens!" - Readers Review Room
"I felt drawn into it - immersed, in fact - to the point of feeling that I was part of the story, and that the characters were people I knew intimately." - Goodreads review
"All in all it's a beautiful book that I'd definitely recommend." - Liina reads
"Once again Anthea Syrokou delivers a beautiful story and one that will stay with me for a long time to come." - Whispering Stories Book Blog