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Author: Christina Elle
Date of Publication: May 26th, 2016
This is an extremely moving story of recovery from grief, a second chance at life, striving to find the truth and daring to leave everything to enable you to make a fresh start.
After the deaths of two people who Ria loved she’s struggling to cope with the grief – and her job as an obituary writer just isn’t helping! Nor is the pressure being put on her by her boss for Ria to agree to be interviewed for an article in the paper about her losses. When it gets to be just too much she accidentally finds herself at the airport and decides to escape to Crete, where her father’s family came from. On the way she reads a newspaper article about the re-development of the Elysium vineyard after much of it was burnt down a decade ago, a story that intrigues her almost as much as the photograph of the owner attracts her!
Having flown out without any luggage, Euros, accommodation or anything arranged, Ria is enchanted by the island, the scents and sounds she’s heard so much about from her grandmother. She is lucky enough to find a job working for Caroline Murray who is endeavouring to write her memoirs but that isn’t all. She also gets to meet lots of brilliant characters, investigate the mystery of how the fire started, be involved in uncovering a cover up, revealing family secrets and, eventually, to find the courage to let her heart find true love again.
It is about having the courage (or nasty boss who you want to escape from) to follow your dreams, to make peace with past sadness and to move on to allow love back into your life even after terrible loss. I thoroughly enjoyed, one that I suspect will stay with me and certainly one I’ll be re-reading in future! I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending this uplifting, heart warming tale – I loved it!
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
Amongst the beautiful olive groves and sea-front tavernas, summer has arrived on the sun-drenched island of Crete.
After losing the love of her life, Ria’s life has been on hold. So when her boss becomes completely unbearable she makes the snap decision to run away to the Greek island of Crete, armed only with her passport.
When Ria finds herself working for eccentric novelist Caroline, she meets handsome vineyard owner Tom. He’s charming, mysterious and Ria starts to wonder if it’s not just the beautiful Greek island that she’s falling for.
But as Ria gets to know Tom better, she uncovers a tangled web of secrets. What is he hiding? Ria has some secrets of her own. Can she open up to Tom and learn to live again?
This summer, escape to the sun with this charming and emotional story about starting over and grabbing happiness with both hands.
Note: Previously published as ‘An Invincible Summer.’ This is a new extended version.
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