Sunday 29 May 2016

Book Review - Falling in Honey: Life and Love on a Greek Island by Jennifer Barclay - Greek Week

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Title: Falling in Honey: Life and Love on a Greek Island
Author: Jennifer Barclay
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
Publication Date: 3rd March 2013
Rating: 4.5 Stars

One heartbroken winter, Jennifer decides to act on her dream of moving to a tiny Greek island – because life is too short not to reach out for what makes us happy. 

Funny, romantic and full of surprising twists, Falling in Honey is a story about relationships, tzatziki, adventures, swimming, Greek dancing, starfish… and a bumpy but beautiful journey into Mediterranean sunshine.

The entire time I was reading Falling in Honey, I have had  a voice in my head telling me I need to book a holiday and get on a plane. The feelings of being in Tilos, Greece were so strong, from the writing, that I was tempted to book a flight instantly (well a flight, hotel in Rhodes and then a ferry!). 

Falling in Honey is the story of two romances, one with a couple of men which are interesting stories, and provide a necessary backdrop to the story, The other romance is the love affair that Jennifer clearly has with Greece and later with the island of Tilos. 

From the early chapters where we learn just how this love affair with the Greek language and Greece itself came about, you are transported to Southern Europe and feel as though you are alongside Jennifer with every step of the journey. 

I have read many books over the years about people moving to a foreign country, but this one feels and is different for many reasons. The writing is fabulous, there is a great sense of humour and I felt as though I really got to know the author, and her friends and family. Unlike other books of this type, we get to see the whole decision process as to whether to move to Greece, and the reasoning behind it. 

I loved seeing Jennifer's first trips to the island, and how she gradually grew to be completely enamoured by its wildlife, the food, the locals and the way of life on the island.  I enjoyed seeing all the customs and festivals of the island, and just how great a slower pace of life could be. 

I think I have fallen a bit in love with the island myself, and will definitely be reading the sequel when I get a spare moment. This book has re-awakened my love of travel writing, and for that I can only thank Jennifer Barclay. 


  1. It does entice you to want to set off on your travels, doesn't it?! Lovely review, thank you.

  2. I was close to tears reading this, Rachel. You really got my book. I'm thrilled and honoured.


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