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Title: Staying Out for the Summer
Author: Mandy Baggot
Publisher: Aria and Aries, Aria
Pub Date: 1 Apr 2021
This is the first book that I’ve read which even mentions anything about the pandemic, let alone just what those on the frontline have had to deal with. However, please don’t let that put you off reading this delightful story! It is a journey to stay on the beautiful island of Corfu, with brilliant characters, a fantastic community, glorious weather, unsettling earth tremors, delicious, mouth watering food and, of course, romance. Let’s hope we’ll soon be able to make journeys in reality rather than only virtually through reading fantastic books like this.
Lucy and her best friend, Gavin, are nurses who are struggling after the traumas and stress of working in a hospital during the Coronavirus pandemic. Gavin has booked them a holiday to give them both a summer in the sun, staying in a small village. They aren’t the only ones travelling there to recuperate from the pressures of working in a hospital -Michalis Andino, a doctor, has returned to his family home in the same village. Get ready for weird welcome drinks, an angry, chopper wielding butcher, centenarian dressmakers, tortoises, fabulous food, a special festival and lots of fun in the sun. This is a moving story of recuperating, revelations, relaxation and romance. There are several romances developed in the story and a plethora of incidents which had me laughing out loud and really wishing I was on one of the beautiful Corfoit beaches reading it. If you’re looking for a very current, moving but still fun read, grab yourself a copy of this and escape to the sun through it.
Thanks to Aria and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
For Lucie Burrows, it’s time to embrace Greek life and put the past behind her! Having spent the summer of 2020 battling a global health crisis, Lucie Burrows is looking forward to a summer out of lockdown. When best friend, Gavin, finds them the perfect Greek escape Lucie finally starts to think this summer might just go without a hitch.
But after 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 holiday 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 life, a new love…
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 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.