I’m sure many of us are longing for summer (when hopefully life might be getting back to normal – or a new normal) but why not give yourself a little taste of what’s (fingers crossed) to come with Mandy Baggot’s latest novel.
Largely set in one of my favourite places, Corfu, you can almost feel the sun on your face and the sand between your toes.
Fun and flirty but also packed with Mandy’s usual character driven storylines, My Greek Island Summer was just what I needed in these strange and uncertain times.
Here’s the blurb:
Becky Rowe has just landed her dream job house-sitting at a top-end villa on the island of Corfu. What could be better than six weeks laying by an infinity pool overlooking the gorgeous Ionian waters while mending her broken heart.
Elias Mardas is travelling back to Corfu on business whilst dealing with his own personal demons. Late arriving in Athens, Becky and Elias have to spend a night in the Greek capital. When they have to emergency land in Kefalonia, Becky’s got to decide whether to suck up the adventure and this gorgeous companion she seems to have been thrown together with or panic about when she’s going to arrive at Corfu…
Finally reaching the beautiful island, Becky is happy to put Elias behind her and get on with her adventure. Until he turns up at the villa…
I’m not only a fan of Mandy’s novels but also of coincidences – and there are a lot of them in this book. You might think ‘what are the chances…?’ on more than one occasion but suspend reality and just go with it – it’s worth it to sink into this tale.
If the main story between Becky and Elias is not enough, there are some great secondary stories going on too. I was quite taken with Petra, even when she was being a bit annoying you got a sense that there was more to it (I’d quite like to catch up with her a few years down the line to see how she’s doing).
The book is quite angsty in places but also filled with the usual humour, romance and gorgeous descriptions.
I must also say, I kicked myself for not exploring more of Corfu when I went with a friend several years ago because Mandy really brings the island and it’s people (not to mention food) to life. Corfu tourism might want to make her an ambassador, if she’s not already!
Price: £2.63 (via Amazon).
My rating: Four stars.
With thanks to Aria (via NetGalley) for the ARC in return for an honest review and for the opportunity to take part in the blog tour.
About the author.
Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer.
The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016.
Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor.
Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.