Mandy Baggot comes to the blog today with a story of second chances and rediscovering those missed opportunities in
One Last Greek Summer
Newly divorced Beth is at an impasse, her divorce now final and none of the other jobs she sought panning out, she’s working with both her ex-husband and his new fling, and feeling very stuck. Mired in both grief and guilt, and worried about what will come next, her best friend Heidi has convinced her that a two week getaway some decade after their wild adventures on Corfu will be her best option and help her recapture her joy. Last time they were on the island, it was a time spent drinking, flirting and sunning, with a few romantic moments tossed into the mix, but after all that time, Beth is totally detached from the fun and carefree girl of her youth. There is, however, one person from that time she can’t forget, and doesn’t really want to.
Aleko is struggling to make ends meet, take care of his irascible mother, start a new company with his cousin Elektra as they make kumquat-based beauty and health products, and dreams of escaping. A promising DJ, he’s been manipulated by his mother’s health and temper, and with all of the work and the small landholding and animals they have – he’s got no time or interest in a relationship. They all end up paling in comparison to the time he spent with Beth a decade before. Now as he juggles his mother, cousin and his desire to leave, Beth is suddenly there….
Oh this was cute and adorable and funny and kept me smiling throughout – from goat-carting, collapsing ceilings, the return of Charles as they try to hike him to death, Heidi and Elektra’s miscommunications and Alex and Beth’s clear connection, one that seems fated and timeless. From describing the scenery to hilarious tips from Heidi as she vacillates between “healthy” and outrageously ‘vacation only, think about it tomorrow’ moments, the story moves quickly and seamlessly from one moment to the next. Narrated by Beth and Alex, their concerns, worries and joys are easy to access, and you can’t help but enjoy the ‘rightness’ of them together. A lovely holiday read sure to leave you with a smile.
Title: One Last Greek Summer
Author: Mandy Baggot
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Family Saga, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Second Chance, Setting: Greece
Published by: Aria
Published on: 6 June, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Beth Martin is 31, newly divorced and wondering just what life holds for her...
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...
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.
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