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Today is my stop on the blog tour for One Last Greek Summer by Mandy Baggot! I’m here with a review and a little information about the book. Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour.
About The Book
Best-friend, Heidi, is adamant that all the answers lie in Corfu – the island where the girls’ partied away their youth.
So cue a trip to a sun-drenched Greek island, ouzo cocktails, a trip down memory lane…and Alex Hallas, the man Beth has never quite forgotten.
As they dance under the stars, the sand beneath their toes, old feelings begin to resurface and Beth might just have a chance to take back her life. If they can learn to love the people they’ve become…
It has been a while since I read a book of this genre and I wasn’t disappointed. This was just what I needed to break up the intensity of the thrillers and mysteries I have been leaning towards recently. Beth has just divorced Charles and the book starts hilariously, with a divorce party being planned by her work colleagues. Did I forget to mention Charles is the CEO of the company she works for?
Seeing that Beth needs a break from seeing her ex husband and his new floozy day in day out, her best friend Heidi persuades her to head back to Corfu, ten years after their first holiday there. Ten years after that holiday romance with Alex or ‘Lex’ as Beth liked to call him.
The characters were well written, Beth seemed lovely although a little bit of a people pleaser. Heidi, her best friend and work colleague, seemed a little intense at times but you could tell that all her actions were borne out of love for her friend. Charles was as you would expect the ex husband to be – a bit of a cad who doesn’t realise what he had until it was gone. I really liked Alex – I liked that they encountered him once again in a completely random situation that was totally believable – I was worrying that she would bump into him at places they had been ten years ago but it really was a chance encounter and I appreciated that.
I liked that the author delved into their history and also the development of other characters such as Alex’s cousin Elektra and his mother. His mother seems very overbearing but you can tell everything she does is out of love for her son. I did find Alex a little weak to begin with – perhaps because of how overbearing his mum was – but I liked how he took chances and stood up for himself as the book went on.
Overall, this is a great summer read and definitely one I would suggest if going on holiday soon – it is the perfect poolside or beach book. I’ll definitely be checking out more from the author.
About The Author
Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.
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