by Sue Roberts
Publication Date May 28, 2021
Published by Bookouture
Genres: Fiction, Holidays, Humorous, Marriage & Family, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Women
Sun, sea and a sizzling romance… the perfect holiday, right? Wrong.
After a work party gone disastrously wrong, Samantha suddenly finds herself jobless and jilted. So when her sister invites Sam to stay at her little whitewashed farmhouse on a Greek island, Sam leaps at the chance to escape. Before long, she’s trundling up the cobbled driveway, almost colliding with sexy neighbour Spyros.
It isn’t all sunshine and smiles though. For every afternoon spent lounging by the pool, cocktail in hand, there is a morning spent adjusting to life with boisterous six-year-old nieces. When Spyros invites Sam to explore the island with him she’s tempted, but with his carefree, live-for-the-moment attitude, he couldn’t be more different to Sam with her five-year plans and high-maintenance hair. One drink, as friends, couldn’t hurt though? Over glasses of fruity Greek wine and honey-sweet baklava, can he – and the other charming locals – help city girl Sam to appreciate the simple pleasures the Greek life has to offer?
Just as Sam is considering ditching her designer gear for good though, she runs in to an old flame from home, and suddenly her London life comes hurtling back. Can her smooth-talking ex convince Sam to return to the concrete jungle, or will the lessons she’s learned from her Greek escape persuade her to stay?
A fun, fabulous and completely laugh-out-loud summer read perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Jenny Colgan and Sophie Kinsella.
This book was a nice pleasant story set in Greece with lovely descriptions of the Greek countryside.
Book Overview: Samantha (Sam) damages her career as a TV presenter after a work party went badly. With her job on hold during the summer, she decides to escape to her sister’s farmhouse on a Greek Island. Relaxing in the Greek sunshine, she meets some of the neighbors to include a handsome cheesemaker named Spyros.
During her visit, she runs into Aaron, the only man she’s ever been with in a long term relationship. Old feelings are stirred up with Aaron, but she’s also starting to have feelings for Spyros. And, she needs to figure out how to save her flagging career back in London.
Review: I enjoyed the scenic locations and Sam’s sister’s family, Fi, Nick, and the twins, Polly and Rose. The village was a place I would love to visit someday, and the outings Sam takes are fun.
I didn’t feel a connection with Sam, the main character, as she seemed self-absorbed and one-dimensional. And I didn’t ever figure out her connection to Aaron, the old boyfriend. I also didn’t care for the reality TV plot line. I would think if a couple moves to Greece for a simpler life, reality TV would be the last thing they would be interested in doing. But, as the book progressed, I got into the story more and was happy to see the happy ending, and I was finally rooting for the characters.
I did enjoy the farm, the island, and all the interesting characters on the island. The writing flowed well and the pacing was also good.