Sue Roberts returns to the blog with her latest story: an escape to Greece to salvage a summer with
Sam is a television presenter: a job that she has been focused on since childhood. But with the wrap party over, and meeting a man who piqued her interest, she’s thinking her summer may have more than just relaxation and looking into new opportunities. Until she’s caught by the paps and finds that the man who claimed not to know who she was is married, given her a fake name and is talking to that press.
Nothing to do but dash off to her sister’s house in Rhodes: a sheep farm where Fiona, her twin daughters and husband have made a new life. I’ll be honest – the highlights of this book for me were the moments with family and the kids, and even the sheep – and the descriptions of the countryside, the food and the changes that Sam was forced to make. Now Sam herself wasn’t a particularly engaging character – there was a bit too much ‘I’ve done everything right BUT this” sort of attitude from someone of her age and years in the business, and a bit of that wore thin quickly. But – in Greece she meets the neighbor Spyros – a very Greek, take life as it comes sort of man, and lo and behold her first love, Aaron makes a reappearance.
Yes, I enjoy Sue Roberts’ books and for the most part her characters – but this one just didn’t ring any real bells for me: there was little connection between Sam and either romantic interest, her family was more responsible and responsive to her needs and building her back up after her trauma. And while the romance didn’t really work, it did feel like there were little sprouts of growth and change that Sam could have nurtured a bit better – and given us a more ‘I am woman, hear me roar’ attitude. But overall, this was a solid beach read – not emotionally drawing enough to disrupt the flow, but enjoyable and scenic – and enough to make you want to explore Rhodes for yourself.
Title: Going Greek
Author: Sue Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Elements, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Multi-Cultural, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Greece, Woman's Fiction
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 25 May, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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 copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.