Sue Roberts comes to the blog with a lovely holiday getaway read with
Some Like it Greek
A perfect getaway take your troubles and set them to the side read. Anna has been at the same job since leaving school, and with her relationship of five years falling apart, the death of her father, and having some harsh words with her sister Liz, she’s ready for something new. Voluntary redundancy at the bank offers her a choice, one that she was thinking about until she found photos and maps that her father was working on. He’d travelled before he married, and always shared stories with his daughters about his ‘European Tour’ – and had remodeled his old fishmonger’s van into a camper van. Anna is thinking she could just take redundancy money and travel – no children, no boyfriend and no job means that she has the opportunity. And with her father’s next-door neighbor Demi talking to her about her father’s adventures and her own loneliness since her husband passed, the two decide to drive to Kefalonia where Demi can see her family and Anna can travel in her father’s footsteps.
One of the reasons I adore Roberts’ books is her getaway to think and rediscover your joy plotlines, with characters that you want to know. Demi is almost seventy Greek lady who never forgets her home, but has brought life, acceptance and joy to the lives of others. At thirty, Anna has hit a crossroad in her life, after taking the ‘safe’ route all the time, this is her first chance since taking a month after leaving school where she and friends camped in France to really travel and see some of the world. Driving the camper van is a logical (and mostly cost-effective) way to get to Greece, stopping along the way in France and Italy to just enjoy the trip – and bonus, she and Demi have time to talk, discover one another, and Anna has the opportunity to learn more about her father’s early years, and get some advice from someone who grabs life by the horns.
When you add in subplots of Dara – an Irishman travelling to avoid/ heal his own grief and a secret that is the reason Demi moved from Greece, added to the descriptions of food, places and simple joys, the book is a ‘go here –find that’ travel guide for your own trip to Greece. Added bonus is the happy endings with new outlooks for all the characters, and a wonderful escape for the reader!
Title: Some Like it Greek
Author: Sue Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Greece
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 21 August, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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In the month-from-hell, incurable optimist Anna has lost her father and her job, and her trademark smile is dimming. Clearing out her dad’s house, she discovers a postcard of a beautiful sandy beach and a map with a route plotted to the Greek island of Kefalonia. With an empty summer stretching ahead, Anna’s eyes stray to her father’s old camper van. Next thing she knows, she’s hitting the road with friend Demi in tow, on a course from Salford to Skala!
Over one unforgettable summer, Anna and Demi make their rickety way along the sparkling Mediterranean coast, the hot sun shining down on their frequent mishaps with cheerful local characters. It’s the trip of a lifetime, and the scent of lemons in the air – as well as an unexpected romance – are just what Anna needs to awaken her inner Greek goddess.
But there are big surprises in store when they arrive at the island paradise, which could change both women’s lives forever. And as summer comes to an end, Anna has to decide whether she has had enough of the Greek life, or whether this is only just the beginning…
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.