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One summer in Greece will change everything…
Anna’s running away. From a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life.
On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas, blue-tiled roofs, and the turquoise waters of the Aegean lapping at the white sand beaches, Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house from her estranged father. As she rebuilds the house, she rebuilds her life, uncovering family secrets along the way that change everything. She starts to fall for her little slice of paradise, as well as for gorgeous, charming Nikos.
Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?
This proved to be very different to what I’d assumed and I mean that in a very good way! It is an engaging and entertaining story, sharing the heartbreak and dreams of Anna. Her beloved father left the family home when she was just five years old and she never saw or heard from him again. Her Mum’s explanations for the events leading up to him leaving their lives have coloured Anna’s attitude to him and those who knew him back on the Greek island of Santorini. She and her older sister, Lizzie, hadn’t expected to inherit a home there when he died but that’s where Anna travels to, planning to sell it and return home as soon as possible.
Anna’s arrival on the island, meeting people who knew and loved her father, including her grandparents, all leave her somewhat confused. As she starts to rebuild the house ready to sell she certainly hadn’t anticipated making friends, uncovering family secrets and discovering other ways to achieve her dreams. It is a story of discoveries, discovering more about herself, the lies she’s been told, a different perspective on the past, new possibilities of using her photographic skills and a life changing romance. Dare she explore the possibilities of new family and friends, love and romance and even a new career doing something she loves? Or will she decide to reject it all?
This is a heartwarming story with great characters and a fantastic sense of welcome and community. There are plenty of twists, turns and obstacles to the potential romance and just when you think all is well, there’s another difficulty to overcome! Will the island and her new friendships help win her over or will her career prove more important? You’ll have to read it yourself to find out!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it and thoroughly enjoying doing so.
Samantha Parks is the pen name of Sam Gale. Her pen name comes from her late grandmother Velma Hobbs nee Parks, who was one of Sam’s greatest role models. Sam was born in North Carolina but now resides in Bournemouth, UK with her husband Alex. She owns a successful marketing company and is enjoying her slow descent into “crazy plant lady” status.
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read the book and thoroughly enjoying it.