Romantic Comedy | Review Desperately Seeking Summer by Mandy Baggot

I always enjoy a Mandy Baggot novel and I always say the one I’ve just read is the best yet … and yes! Desperately Seeking Summer IS the best one yet.  If you enjoy a rom com and haven’t read this author yet then I recommend you do.

Desperately Seeking Summer Mandy Baggot

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 2679 KB

Print Length: 432 pages

Publisher: Ebury Digital (1 May 2018)

Language: English

ASIN: B07BLQWZ5R

A Greek getaway you won’t forget…

Escape to Greece with the perfect feel-good book to read on the beach this summer. If you love Kat French and Sarah Morgan, you’ll love Mandy Baggot’s sizzling summer romantic comedies.

Abby Dolan is having a very bad day… In twenty-four hours, she’s lost her job and her boyfriend. Single and with nothing left to lose, she’s headed for a Corfu escape to spend time with her family while she heals her broken heart.

Only her mum and sister’s estate agency ‘Desperately Seeking’ is just that, desperate! Instead of the relaxing, sunshine holiday she’d hoped for, Abby finds herself spending her break helping get the business back on its feet. Determined to attract new clients and give her family a second chance at success, she finds the perfect property to sell in Villa Pappas complete with gorgeous gardener, Theo.

Perhaps working this summer could be a welcome distraction after all. But Theo has his own secrets and Abby isn’t the only thing he wants to take off the market…

Available to purchase in digital formats with the paperback publication 26th July 2018.

Review

Abby Dolan, high hopes for promotion and in a ‘safe’ relationship, is cruising along when it all falls apart.  Her sister Melody keeps sending gorgeous images and asks her to visit San Stefanos in Corfu so when it does all go wrong, it’s obvious where she’s going to head for.  Only when she gets there, not all is at it seemed from those images …

Theo’s life has just been drifting, on the run from something that’s difficult to come to terms with, until he’s woken one morning by his aunt Spyridoula who has arrived to motivate him.  Best friend Leon’s family owns the local taxi service and picks up Abby from the airport.  The first intimation that all is not ok is when Leon tells her how the elders of the village feel about Desperately Seeking.  And the first evening in San Stefanos, there’s intrigue with where Melody is going.  Obviously not where she says she is …

I’ve related to all the characters, no matter their age or circumstances (well maybe not the Russians …).  They all bring conflict and resolutions to the story alongside the main plot.  Truths are being hidden (even by Spyridoula) which adds intrigue to the story.  And how they change and grow!  I enjoyed mum Jackie’s return from her lacklustre appearance and beaten down manner to something quite different.  I loved Spyridoula’s advice to Theo:

Life is a song.  You must sing it.

What a stunning setting!  Mandy Baggot’s descriptions had me right there.  Sparkling seas, sunshine and the places we visit.  I could smell the wood in Stamatis’ workshop and loved the history with Theo.  There’s also a dangerous side when the sea’s involved though and I loved those scenes! So much drama and tension.

There’s laughter as well as the drama.  Oh how I laughed.  Out loud.  Deep belly laughs.  Two favourite scenes, both take place at Villa Pappas.  When Abby first goes to Villa Pappas to value it and again when she goes for dinner 🙂  So funny!

The Greek community, family life, friendships, food and of course romance to make your heart beat faster.  I love it when a story engages all of my emotions and Desperately Seeking Summer certainly met that expectation.  One not to miss.

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Married with two sons in their early 20’s, I love my day job as an Inclusion Lead. I am passionate about early help, expressed not only in my setting but also as a member of Bournemouth’s Early Help Operational Board. It’s an honour to be working alongside others to instigate change and growth.

I’m also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet.

I’ve been blogging for seven years at Jera’s Jamboree.

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2 Comments

  1. July 19, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Oh Shaz your review has taken me right back to this wonderful storyline! I absolutely loved this book x

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