Friday, April 21, 2023

Blog Tour: Under a Greek Sun by Mandy Baggot

Welcome to the next stop on my European book tour. I have read many, many books set in France. And I have read lots of books set in Italy! I have read a couple of books set in Portugal not too long ago. Next stop - Greece!

Eve Collins hasn't really moved on since her beloved father died 6 years earlier. In addition to her job as a school counsellor, she also works a couple of nights a week in the pub her father loved. She is still looking out for her younger brother, Ben who has had some issues over the years. Oh, and she still can barely spend any time with her mother Glenda.

Eve is using her school holidays to visit her friend Gabby who has moved to Corfu in Greece to run an animal shelter. Her plan is to relax and enjoy any idyllic Greek island holiday. However, Ben ends up accompanying her and her idyllic holiday is further disrupted because Gabby is working 4 or 5 jobs just to make ends meet.

Gianni has also lost his father, but it is much more recent. The man who has raised him shared a deathbed secret which has Gianni running to Corfu to see if he can find out the truth of his identity. Gianni is part of a successful family coffee business, one which he now needs to run with his mother and he needs to find a way to work with her for the good of the business.

When Gianni meets Eve, there is definitely a connection, but the question is will the ghosts from Eve's  past spook her, or maybe Gianni's grief and anger will be the obstruction.

One of the reasons I love reading these kinds of books where people go off to new locations is that when you have a skilled author describing the places, people and food, you can see the place, feel the atmosphere and get hungry at the thought of the food. I had heard of Mandy Baggot before and had intended to read her but just haven't done it before now. However, having seen how skilled she is at taking us with her characters to Corfu (with a short trip to Verona in Italy), I will definitely be reading more. I really wanted to be joining in a celebration at the village taverna, meet the locals and to eat Fanouropita cake! And maybe even visit the animal shelter, although I would be sure to stay away from Savage the bird.

Next time I feel the need for some Greek sunshine, I will be picking up one of Mandy Baggot's books!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources, the publisher and Netgallley for the review copy.

Rating 4/5

About the book

Under a Greek Sun

Eve Collins is looking forward to the holidays.

Her job as a counsellor has been as taxing as it has been rewarding, and she can’t wait for some downtime on the Greek island of Corfu with best-friend, Gabby. But between Eve’s brother, Ben, unexpectedly joining and Gabby’s job at the animal rescue centre keeping her busy, Eve might have to start mucking in…

When Gianni arrives in the village of Episkepsi, it’s like a model has stepped straight off the pages of Vogue Italia… with an uptight personality to match. He may be super-sexy but there are obvious chips on those broad shoulders.

As Eve and Gianni get to know each other and both start to lean into the Greek customs and avrio mentality, an initial attraction starts to turn into something more. But with so much family drama in both their lives, neither of them were looking for a holiday romance...

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About the author

Mandy Baggot is a bestselling romance writer who loves giving readers that happy-ever-after. From sunshine romantic comedies set in Greece, to cosy curl-up winter reads she writes gorgeous heroes and strong heroines readers can relate to. Mandy splits her time between Salisbury, Wiltshire and Corfu, Greece and has a passion for books, food, racehorses and all things Greek!

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1 comment:

  1. I like the idea of reading romances about travel, those are two of my favorite things, and Greece is such an amazing place. I'll check this book out.



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