Forgetting your troubles surrounded by golden sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and chiselled abs… what could possibly go wrong?For Orla, moving in with her dad at twenty-nine after a health scare wasn’t exactly her plan. Neither was finding out he’s been keeping a huge family secret…Ready to put the entire Mediterranean Sea between herself and her dysfunctional family, she packs her bags and checks in to a charming B&B on a sun-drenched Greek island. But the vines climbing the beautiful yellow front and the glittering blue sea aren’t the only gorgeous things in view. Her neighbour, sexy writer Georgios, is in search of inspiration, and Orla’s caught his eye… if only he would lighten up!It’s a big fat Greek clash of wills as Orla encourages Georgios to put down his pen and start having fun. Who wouldn’t love a cruise on a pirate ship, complete with rum and fake swords? Her heart melts as she catches a glimmer of a smile… but over Greek wine and freshly made mezze by candlelight, he gets far too serious, urging Orla to talk about her past. However, as soon as Orla shares her secrets, Georgios abruptly ends the evening…The next day, confused and angry, Orla heads to the harbour to leave the island. But something makes her hesitate. Should she get on the boat and keep running from her problems, or break free from her past and let her glorious Greek summer last forever?
Orla has done quite a bit of travelling already. It’s her trip to Greece the author invites us to join her on and even though the weather is perfect here too, I decided to accompany her main character. Orla is not only going there to enjoy the sun and explore a few of the Greek islands, but she is on a mission as well. One that could change her life in more than one way.
Orla ( beautiful name by the way 😊 ) is a very sociable person on the one hand. She makes friends with a lot of people very easily and she loves spending time in their company: going out for a meal, sightseeing, boat trips, dancing,… On the on the other hand, she does not mind her own company. She travels alone, goes on road trips on her own, visits restaurants asking for a table for one.
She does not like to stay for too long in one place and commitment is not on her agenda. When she does not feel comfortable any more, she leaves. Exploring new horizons and getting out of her comfort zone, she calls it. Others might have another opinion about that and call it running away…
Maybe it’s time to find the golden mean?
Orla is very determined and a bit indecisive at the same time. What she did not like at first, she finds charming later on. Of course people are entitled to change their minds, but for me I found it a bit difficult to get to know her.
Does being a happy single exists? Of course it does. You are in the driver seat and decide every direction you want to go to. I, for one, feel quite nice there. 😉 When you find your one, you happily move over to the passenger side from time to time as well. 😉
When I read one of this author’s books, I am a bit envious that I am not really on that plane, but she describes everything so vividly that I feel like I have actually been there and can tick that destination off my wish list. Her stories feel like travel guides, incorporated in wonderful feel good books.
Thoroughly enjoyable. 5 stars
About the author
Sue Roberts lives in Lancashire with her long term partner Derek and has had a lifelong love of writing, encouraged by winning a school writing competition at the age of 11.
She always assumed that ‘one day’ she would write a book, always having a busy household and a job, the idea remained firmly on the back burner but never forgotten.
The inspiration for her first novel came to her on a holiday to a Greek village. Her daughters had left home and suddenly the time had come to write that book!