The Sappho Romance

3 reviews

About this ebook

The best-kept secret of antiquity…

Sappho, the ancient Greek poet and teacher of legend, known as the ‘Mortal Muse’, had a secret so well guarded that centuries of scrutiny and academic debate could not unearth it.

Until now…

If you are familiar with Sappho, you are probably aware of the decades of speculation and controversy surrounding her private life.

She is believed by some to have been the quintessential lover of women—loving and writing about many of them in the lyrical poetry for which we know her today.

Others claim she was the devout wife of Kerkylas of Andros and mother to his ten children—her liaisons with women merely a consequence of her role as a teacher of girls in the arts of song, music and poetry.

Yet others believe she fell in love with a younger, handsome, ferryman called Phaon whom she pursued to Lefkas and where, when rejected by him, she leapt to her death from the majestic white cliffs.

But what if the real story were different... holding fragments of all these legends, yet hiding a splendid alternative twist?

Praise for this novel:

“An imaginative and passionate retelling of the legend of Sappho and Phaon.”

Read “The Sappho Romance” now, to learn the secret of Sappho’s true love.

Ratings and reviews

3 reviews
Heather Summers - Wales
October 20, 2020
An entrancing read Wow, what a seriously great novel, captivating and compulsive. I felt transported to the seventh century BCE and the time of Sappho, much revered poet who has inspired so much controversy and intrigue. The author cleverly intertwines and plays with the different legends of the time and with the relationships of some of the illustrious characters of that period. The result is a convincing and dramatic retelling of the legend of Sappho and Phaon. Get lost in the ancient streets and port of Mytilene, learn something of the history and politics of the epoch and enjoy the journey. I love the way this standalone novel spins off from the premise introduced by the wonderful Jac (Jacquie Lyon) who we met in 'Sealed With A Kiss', the first of the Lesvos Island Collection. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Laurie Johnson
October 28, 2020
The story of Sappho and Phaon as recorded by Bilitis and retold by Jacquie Lyon. This tale within a tale, with a twist or two was a real page turner for me. I was cheering for the lovers and booing the meddling of Bilitis. There were times when the story took an unexpected turn but it served to keep my interest as I wondered where Sam Skyborne would take me next. Hang on until the end, it’s worth the wait!
Mandy Hamilton Winger (Hammie)
October 28, 2020
Omg this book was bloody amazing. It took a little while for me to get into but after, omg. The characters just jumped of the page and I could actually see the storyline unfold as if I was watching a movie. Let me know when you need my review. Omg I felt this book for days after finishing it.

About the author

Jacquie Lyon* is a history and archaeology scholar at Cambridge University, England. She grew up in Skala Eressos, Greece and the untold (alternative) stories of historical characters (predominantly female) like that of the "Mortal Muse", Sappho, hav been a burning passion for many years.

"The Sappho Romance" is her debut novel.

*Jacquie Lyon is fictional character from the novel "Sealed with a Kiss" by Sam Skyborne.

Sam Skyborne is the proud author of a number of award winning novels and currently lives & loves in London (UK) while happily going on writing adventures across the globe ... or even further afield, as far as the mind will travel.

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