The Shape of Crete by Philip T. Nemec follows Steffi, a Bulgarian artist, and Jim, an American historian as they embark on a chance at romance together while staying on the Greek island of Crete.
Steffi and Jim met years ago on a work project and while they felt a connection the timing was not right. Steffi was getting over an abusive marriage from when she was younger and Jim was married – although in an unhappy marriage and his wife was dying – it still wasn’t the right time.
After a few years pass, Steffi and Jim get back in touch and after a while decide to meet in person again. But, not just meet in person – spend the summer together in Crete. Jim is doing research, Steffi is painting. Once they arrive, they become friends with an older Englishman who has been spending time on the island trying to find the remains of his brother who was on the island during WWII. As the summer passes and they all grow closer and help each other, they realize their stories and lives are more entwined than they could have ever imagined.
The novel is really interesting and weaved in some parallels to Greek mythology namely the mythical battle between Theseus and the Minotaur. It’s a slow paced novel, but I enjoyed seeing the development of the love between Steffi and Jim.
Not a spoiler, but I wasn’t a big fan of the ending. I’m sure the ending holds a lot of symbolism, but it just wasn’t the ending I would’ve liked. That’s just my opinion though! If you read the book, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it! Or if you’ve already read it, let me know!
*This book was sent to me complimentary, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.*