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Mandy Baggot has always had the power to affect my moods with her stories;  laughter, tears and that feel-good buzz.  One Last Greek Summer did all of that and more!  There is so much energy, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and try different things myself. 


Book cover One Last Greek Summer by Mandy Baggot

Beth Martin is 31, newly divorced and wondering just what life holds for her…

Best-friend, Heidi, is adamant that all the answers lie in Corfu – the island where the girls partied away their youth. So cue a trip to a sun-drenched Greek island, ouzo cocktails, a trip down memory lane… and Alex Hallas, the man Beth has never quite forgotten.

As they dance under the stars, the sand beneath their toes, old feelings begin to resurface and Beth might just have a chance to take back her life. If they can learn to love the people they’ve become…


One Last Greek Summer by Mandy Baggot is published by Aria and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.

Review

I loved how honest Beth was with herself throughout the story.  Even though she knew her motivations, she was finding it difficult to move on.  The 2 weeks in Almyros was the perfect place to re-discover her dreams and ambitions.  Her friendship with Heidi is brilliant and I knew if anyone could get Beth on the right track, it would be her best friend.

It’s not just Beth who has lost confidence either.  With Alex’ narration we find out about his familial responsibilities to his mum Margalo and how hard he works at 3 jobs.  But sadly not the job he really wants to do.  I was just as intrigued as he was about the money!  The answer truly is a Mandy Baggot creation 🙂 I had no idea (didn’t even come close to guessing!) until it was there in front of me.  Margalo’s character is perfect for the matriarch role of a Greek family and Alex trying desperately to meet her needs made me feel for him so much.

I love the way Mandy Baggot writes about relationships, including intimacy.  There’s a powerful scene that had me wanting to swap places with Beth!  Beth and Alex aren’t the only two who gave me all the feels either.  I had an emotional attachment to all of the characters and felt bereft when the story ended.  It felt as if I had spent the two weeks alongside them experiencing everything they did.

So many moments brought laughter too.  Climbing down the ravine, parasailing, quadbiking to name a few. 

If you’ve lost your way and are in need of a boost, One Greek Summer will inspire you.  You’ll feel refreshed and confident, ready to make changes with enthusiasm.

Highly recommended.


Author photo Mandy Baggot (One Last Greek Summer review)

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 Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

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Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board 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 eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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