Mandy Baggot returns to the blog with a story of relief and laughter – with a liberal sprinkling of sunshine, friendship, growth and family with
Staying Out for the Summer
There is little that makes me happier than a new book from Mandy Baggot, and I have to be extra disciplined not to just devour it the moment it arrives. And with this story and Lucie, Gavin, Meg and Michalis on Corfu, I got all the relief, laughter and enjoyment that I could have hoped for. Lucy and Gavin are nurses, working the front lines during the pandemic and still reeling from the aftereffects and worries for themselves, their families and on their own health. Waking up with a shorn head and a massive hangover, Lucie’s last memories of the night were fuzzy, but seeing Gavin’s eyebrow-less face has everything turned upside down. Being raised by her aunt after her mother’s untimely death when Lucie was little more than a toddler, she’s always been reluctant and careful – whether that was from being overprotected and sheltered from ‘dangers’ as a child, or her own internalization of the disappointment that her mother must have been – is still to be determined. But her aunt Meg has always been there – and this past year of not being able to see her up close and personal has worn on her – particularly the worries as Meg isn’t as spry as she once was. But, when she agrees to allow Gavin to book them a holiday away – her first in forever, she’s surprised by Meg’s reaction that she once loved Corfu and Lucie needs to get away and regroup.
Enter a ride from the airport in a fruit-seller’s van, a remote house with gorgeous views, a town that promotes itself as the healthiest on the island and is soon to host a Not Dead festival, wild tortoises that send Gavin into fits of hysteria (to be honest – he’s also afraid of butterflies) and plenty of interest and sunshine – the place may be just what they need. Until Michalis is cajoled, tricked – nay even pushed into opening an office in the spare house on the property Lucy and Gavin have rented, and he’s forced to face his own fears of leaving the hospital and what he views as a failure of being enough in his career as a pulmonologist.
What emerges alternates between laugh out loud antics, some true conversations and discussions from those on the front lines in the pandemic fight, and plenty of sun, liquor, older folks who simply barge ahead expecting their will be done as everyone finds their own new normal. With Michalis’ sister and father, with Meg and Lucie – and even Gavin’s never-ending search for his “one and only’ the story brings heart and hope to the forefront – and gives a nice moment of relief for everyone tired of the ‘what next’ with the pandemic.
Title: Staying Out for the Summer
Author: Mandy Baggot
Genre: Comedic Elements, Contemporary Elements, Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Family Saga, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Humor elements, Reimagined Classic, Second Chance, Setting: Greece
Published by: Aria
Published on: 1 April, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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This is one summer that won't end in tiers!
For NHS nurse, Lucie Burrows, it's time to put the past behind her and embrace Greek life.
Finally free from the UK restrictions, Lucie is excited for the summer of 2021. When her best friend, Gavin, finds the perfect Greek island getaway, Lucie is sure that this holiday to Corfu is going to be one to remember.
But when a landslide puts the village into a local lockdown, Lucie is thrown together with Michalis Andino, the super sexy village doctor. It's not quite the escape she had planned, but things could certainly be worse.
As Lucie relaxes into the Greek way of life, she begins to wonder whether this lockdown might just end in a new beginning – and a new love...
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.