Warning: Sandy Barker’s One Summer in Santorini will whisk you away to a beautiful place with some fabulous characters, it will tug at your heart strings and leave you gasping for more!
After finishing this book you will find yourself doing one or more of the following things:
1. Ignoring your bank balance, Love Island, the ongoing Brexit saga and locking yourself away to browse Greek sailing holidays on the Internet.
2. Frantically pinning gorgeous pics of Greek islands and handsome men lounging on boats on Pinterest.
3. Upgrading your work daydreams so that they now feature sailing boats, windswept hair, deck shoes, kissing in a cabin and looking at the sky through a cabin ceiling hatch while lying in the arms of a handsome man. After reading Sandy’s book, gazing out of the office window or staring blankly at your Greek islands themed computer screen until you start to dribble will become a major part of your day.
4. Waking from a lovely night’s sleep to find your loved one, looking agitated and wanting to know why the hell you were murmuring, ‘you handsome American boy,’ in your sleep.
5. Getting yourself in a fluster over pinning pics of sexy silver foxes on Pinterest.
This book is pure escapism. After you will feel like you have been away on holiday and enjoyed a little bit of holiday romance.
I do love books where you get to go abroad in your head and live out someone else’s life. I am just going to take a moment to appreciate the genre of holiday romance fiction.
If I was back out there (single) and on a gorgeous foreign sailing holiday, surrounded by hot men and getting the flutters for someone I would have the following worries:
Sunburn, sunstroke, my sweaty neck, my salmon pink face, staying hydrated, cocktail hangovers, sea sickness, crab stick breath, eating too much of the local cuisine, insect bites, over sharing after too many cocktails, anxiety over whether my handsome holiday suitor will want to kiss me, his kissing technique being better then mine, white bikini strap marks, how I look in swimwear, sweating into my dinner, wondering whether I will fancy him in his budgie smugglers, hoping I will impress him with my swimming style, praying he enjoys swimming alongside someone who generates a lot of sea froth, worrying whether I bought enough holiday contraception in Tescos, how much storage space I will have in the cabin and over thinking about my holiday romance lasting when we get back.
The beauty of holiday romance fiction is that all of the above has been sorted! You don’t even need your factor 50, a sunhat or your bikini. All you have to do is sit back in your armchair, relax and tell your loved one to either put the kettle on or run the hoover over the lounge carpet.
Enough of all this holiday talk!
Here’s the blurb:
Sarah has had enough of men. It’s time to rekindle her first true love – travel – so she books a sailing trip around the Greek islands with a group of strangers.
The very last thing Sarah wants is to meet someone new, but then a gorgeous American man boards her yacht… And when she also encounters a handsome silver fox who promises her the world, she realises that trouble really does come in twos.
Will Sarah dive into a holiday fling or stick to her plan to steer clear of men, continue her love affair with feta and find her own way after all?
Here’s my review:
Sarah is an inspirational character. She’s one of those characters who you read about and think, ‘I wish I’d had the bottle to go off travelling on my own and join a sailing boat full of strangers after one of my relationships ended. It would have been better than sitting on my own, eating a kebab while listening to my ‘break up’ playlist and crying into my cat’s fur.’
I like Sarah’s independent streak, her fun side, her sweet relationship with her sister Cat and the way she makes friends instantly with everyone on the boat.
The camaraderie on the boat between all the holiday makers was fun. Sandy Barker has pulled together a unique cast of interesting characters.
The delicious flirtations with both Josh and James draw you deeper into this book. There’s a lot of soul searching going on with Sarah but there’s also a lot of chemistry, arm tingles, twinges, a flip flopping stomach and an aching heart. 💓
Just so you all know I am #teamJosh
James is very attractive but there is something about this handsome American and his incredible kisses that does it for me.
This book is a lovely read. It is set in a beautiful location, has an amazing set of characters and the romance will make you demand more from Sandy Barker!
Don’t worry about not being able to get away this summer, Sandy Barker will bring Santorini to your sofa!
Here are those all important links:
Amazon Australia – click here
Amazon U.K. – click here
Amazon US – click here
Kobo – click here
Catch up with Sandy on her website – click here
Three Things I Like About This Author:
1. She’s a regular at the #UKRomChat Twitter events on a Monday night. If you enjoy reading or writing romance you should check it out. Sandy is an expert at coming up with a thought provoking GIF!
2. Her passion for travel comes through in her writing. This girl has had lots of foreign adventures and weaves her own experiences into her books.
3. She calls herself a coffee snob!
I feel honoured to have been part of this amazing book tour. Thank you, Sandy xx
You always have such a unique way of reviewing books – after this review, *I* want to read it again. I am s glad you enjoyed it and I agree that holiday romance novels are quite fabulous. Thank you!
‘Unique view’ – 😂
Such a great review! I’ve seen a lot about this book 💜
Thx lovely 😍
Sounds like the perfect Summer break that we could all do with…
You didn’t mention THE FOOD!! I mean, yes, of course the men are delicious too, but I was rooting for the Greek salads!! This book will not only make you want to run off to a Greek island, but it will also make you hungry!! Great review Lucy!
Great review! I think you’re right, the American is more interesting. 😉
😂 Yes he is! Thank you for reading my review Ben / Josh 🙌🏻