Thank goodness I was in the comfort of my own home while reading Mandy Baggot’s new book, Single For The Summer.
Had I been on a bus or a train, I would definitely have been that annoying woman people moan about on social media by constantly guffawing.
There was no keeping it in though; it’s a laugh out loud kind of funny, full of little quips (there’s even a reference to Donald Trump), weaved into a feel-good romance, perfect for the beach.
Here’s the blurb:
Tess Parks has made up her mind: love isn’t for her.
When it comes to dating she has one rule: after six weeks with a guy, she ends it. So when her heartbroken best friend invites her for a girly getaway in Corfu, Tess is sure she can stick to their pact to stay single for the summer.
But then she meets the gorgeous restauranteur Andras…
To keep his overbearing mother off his back, Tess agrees to pretend to date him. But as the two spend time together, Tess begins to realise that this fake relationship is starting to feel like the best one she’s ever had…
While I have been reading and enjoying some new authors lately, it’s so lovely to go back to a familiar favourite.
Even though Mandy’s books always feature different characters and stories, I already know I love her writing style and that I’m in for a treat – and Single For The Summer is certainly that.
Tess’s six-week rule, which results in some truly cringe-worthy situations, comes from having her own heart broken.
Witnessing her slowly heal makes for some really touching moments, especially when they are set against such a beautiful backdrop.
As it says on her website “Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu” and that shines through in this book where we are taken on a lovely tour (thank you Andras).
Having holidayed there myself, I was able to picture the warm, sandy beaches, glistening azure sea and green, rugged mountains perfectly but even if I had never visited, Mandy’s descriptions would have been enough.
If you’re looking for a book to take away with you, I’d recommend this one – as long as you make sure you sit far from other people while you’re reading (just in case your guffaws are as loud as mine).
My rating: Four and a half stars.
With thanks to Ebury Digital (via NetGalley) for the ARC in return for an honest review.