'Meticulously researched historical narrative and imaginative storytelling'
'A well-researched and meaty follow-up to The Island'
'Like a literary Nigella, she whips up a cracking historical romance with a dash of family secrets and a splash of female self-discovery'
'THE RETURN may be a beach book, but it goes inland and rummages around in the cellars'
'Aims to open the eyes, and tug the heartstrings, of readers... Hislop deserves a medal for opening a breach into the holiday beach bag'