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Romance | My Greek Island Summer | Mandy Baggot

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I’m delighted to be on the Aria tour sharing my thoughts for My Greek Island by Mandy Baggot.

Having been a fan of Mandy Baggot’s writing since the very early days, I have to shout out about the fact that this is Mandy’s TWENTIETH novel. An achievement! Congratulations Mandy. x


Book cover for My Greek Island Summer by Mandy Baggot

My Greek Island Summer by Mandy Baggot is published by Aria.

Two weeks. One unforgettable trip to Corfu. A chance to change her life.

Becky Rose has just landed her dream job house-sitting at a top-end villa on the island of Corfu. What could be better than two 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…

Review

As well as writing the best flawed lead characters, Mandy Baggot also creates characters who are a little bit different and who walk outside of societal boundaries.  Her characters are always entertaining and I’ve been completely absorbed in the lives of Becky, Petra and Elias. 

Missed flights, diversions and overnight stops gives these three opportunities to get to know each other.  When Elias’ work means their paths cross on Corfu there’s more opportunities to strengthen friendships and bonds but also to add conflict, misunderstandings and rivalry into the mix.  They all have something important to teach each other and give each other a push out of the past, into a hopeful future. 

Elias’ narration lets us see just how vulnerable he is.  His mum made me chuckle (night vision goggles!).  With Beck’s narration I had laughter bubbling quite a few times alongside feeling affronted at her life back home.  I loved her development and how her friendship with Petra impacts on everything in her life.

I found it easy to fall into this story each time I opened the pages, feeling as if I was there in Athens, Kefalonia and Corfu.  At a time when it’s been difficult to concentrate, this was a blessing!  I was eager to pick up the story and thought about the characters in-between.  A page turner.

If you’re looking for an escape, I guarantee that My Greek Island Summer will open the door. 

Highly recommended.


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Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer represented by Tanera Simons of The Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency.

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 Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

Visit Mandy’s website at www.mandybaggot.com Twitter @mandybaggot Facebook @mandybaggotauthor

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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