‘Sunshine in story form’ Milly Johnson. ‘A fabulous summer sizzler from the Queen of hot heroes!’ Heidi Swain. ‘A sizzling hot summer read from the Queen of Greek romance’ Zara Stoneley. 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 … 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…
Praise for Mandy Baggot:
‘A sizzling hot summer read from the Queen of Greek romance, this fabulous story left me longing for a trip of my own to Corfu. Funny, touching and romantic, it’s the perfect beach read’ Zara Stoneley, bestselling author of The Wedding Date.
‘This is my favourite Mandy Baggot book to date! Definitely one to pack in your suitcase! Love, friendship, family, secrets and laughs all set in a gorgeous location’ Sue Fortin, bestselling author of Sister Sister.
‘I loved it! Funny, sexy and warmer than the Corfu sun – every beach bag deserves to have Mandy Baggot in it this summer!’ Shari Low, bestselling author of With or Without You.
‘Another heart-grabbing romance from Mandy Baggot and it’s her best one yet!’ Lucy Coleman, bestselling author of Summer on the Italian Lakes.
‘How long is it since you’ve had a date now?’ … ‘Almost two months,’ Heidi breathed. ‘My lady parts basically think I’ve sold them for transplant.’
‘Repeat after me…I am a woman in my prime.’ ‘Oh, Heidi, have you been going to those motivational hours at the community centre again? Weren’t you put off for good when the guest speaker was someone who had once worked with Harvey Weinstein?’
‘I’m not sorry he isn’t dead.’ She took a breath. There had been times she’d wanted to cut the crotch out of his underpants, but death seemed a little too far, even in her darkest moments, drinking his vintage champagne like it was tap water.
‘I don’t fancy you either. Never have.’ ‘I don’t know whether to feel pleased or strangely curious as to why not.’ ‘Let’s leave it as an enigma…’
All everyone says is that yiayia died of a broken heart. But my mother says she died of shame because she could not bear to live the rest of her life as a widow mourning a man who shared his penis with the entire island.
‘He was at the beach bar in Roda, a late-night drink after practice for a band he is joining.’ She shook her head. ‘He is sixty-five years old. The only band he should be involved in is one they put around your arm to monitor blood pressure.’
Greece has been on my bucket list for decades, and although I will confess to being far too lazy to make the arduous trek, I can partially satisfy my curiosity and wanderlust by occasionally picking up a Grecian based tale. One Last Greek Summer was quite the tasty snack with Ms. Baggot’s divinely keen sense for colorful details and vividly described scenes, I could almost hear the bleating of the baby goats, smell the sea air, and taste the delicious gyros. The writing and storylines were engaging, action-packed, cunningly observant, and shot through with crisp levity and whip-smart humor. The vibrant characters were appealing, well-drawn, and more than a bit intriguing – even the villainous ones that I wanted to give a pinch or ten.
This was my maiden voyage with the cleverly amusing Mandy Baggot and I am kicking myself for being tardy to the party as she has a wicked wit and an impressive listing of twenty-four published books. I am tempted to unhook the phone and clear my calendar for a month and just indulge in all things Baggot. Suffice it to say, Ms. Baggot has a newly minted baklava loving fangirl.
Funny, colourful, and reflective!
One Last Greek Summer is an engaging, summery read that takes us to the lovely island of Corfu and into the life of Beth Martin as she meanders through the loss of her mother, a recent divorce, a potential change of career, a rekindled romance from the past, and a holiday with her best friend Heidi where nothing goes as planned.
The writing is effortless and lush. The characters are quirky, relatable, and lovable. And the plot is a charming mix of light drama, heartfelt emotion, funny mishaps, friendship, family, love, and second-chance romance.
Overall, One Last Greek Summer is a heartwarming, breezy, delightful tale by Baggot that once again highlights her incredible ability to bring a country to life through her exceptional knowledge and passion for its food, landmarks, and culture.
Another heart-grabbing romance from Mandy Baggot and it’s her best one yet!
A sizzling hot summer read from the Queen of Greek romance, this fabulous story left me longing for a trip of my own to Corfu. Funny, touching and romantic, it’s the perfect beach read.
5 Star review of One Last Greek Summer by Mandy Baggot
Mandy Baggot is a relatively new author to me and if this book is anything to go by I will be reading more from her as soon as I can.
Recently divorced Beth Martin returns to Corfu with her best friend Heidi, to reflect and make plans. They return to the land where they partied hard when younger and she again meets Alex, her first love, the man she never really got over.
Can old flames re ignite the sparks from the past and create a bright future together, or are they destined to be apart forever?
I loved the setting of this story and Mandy Baggot really brought Corfu to life for me; I felt I was there, such was her ability to transport me. Beautifully written with a great story line which kept me engaged throughout and often laughing.
I received a copy of this book through the publisher via Netgalley.