In this book we follow Beth, who is recently divorced and is trying to find her place in the world. When her best friend Heidi comes up with the plan to travel to Corfu and re-enact the summer they spend there when they were 21; Beth is at first a little hesitant. She is totally different woman now. But Heidi can be very persuasive and once on the island Beth realises she hasn’t changed that much. She just lost herself and the things she loved. One of the things she loved is the beautiful Greek DJ Alex, who crosses her path one again.
Needless to say is that I absolutely love a Greek setting. Mandy Baggot is so very good at bringing Corfu to life on the pages of her books. The description of the sea and the beaches are spot on. You just have to close your eyes and you are there in Corfu, with the main characters. I could taste the gyro and the wine. I just felt like I had a really short break to Corfu.
But apart from that I loved this story because it contained so much more than just a holiday romance and some beautiful descriptions of Corfu. It is a story about divorce and finding yourself after losing everything that is important to you. I really enjoyed the fact that Beth is one of the strongest main characters I have read about so far in one of Mandy’s books. Even looking at her past and her failed marriage, you see that she always made well thought trough choices and always put her loved ones first. You really saw her growing throughout the story and I really appreciated the fact that we got to see Beth breaking loose from her failed marriage.
Of course there is romance between Beth and her long lost vacation love Alex. I am not spoiling anything by telling you that, because let’s face it, it is even in the synopsis. I wasn’t buying their love story from the get go, because well it clearly was lust at first sight. But when you keep reading this story takes a bit of a different course from earlier books I read by Mandy and I really appreciated that.
The only thing that annoyed me beyond words, where the cringe worthy sex references throughout the book. Readers of my blog know how much I love a hot scene and some sexy talk in my books. But this was just… well cringe worthy like I said. If you can’t do explicit, then just don’t try it. It felt forced. Well, mostly it felt like someone used a dictionary to look up all the synonyms for vagina.
But don’t let that put you of. It’s not an erotic book, so the not so sexy wording isn’t an overall big point. One Last Greek Summer feels like a little trip to Corfu. I read it in the first warm days of the year and after finishing it I felt like I had been on holiday. Relaxed, happy and with a pretty big appetite for gyro.
So hurry to the store! Because you need this book to read over the summer by the pool!