Friday, 27 May 2016

Book Review & Giveaway - Those Summer Nights by Mandy Baggot - Greek Week

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Title: Those Summer Nights
Author: Mandy Baggot
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 27th May 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Sunshine, soft white sand and a sizzling hot millionaire – you don’t get trouble in paradise, right? 

Imogen Charlton is sorted. Dead-beat husband? History. Dream job? Application sent. But then her impulsive brother, Harry, spends every last penny on a Greek restaurant in Corfu, and is determined to run it himself. It’s up to Imogen to bring him to his senses. 

When sexy millionaire Panos Dimitriou offers to buy back his family taverna, Imogen wonders if all her prayers have been answered (and all her fantasies about to come true). But Harry won’t budge, and his enthusiasm is infectious. 

Bright pink bougainvillea tumbling over whitewashed walls, endless blue skies, the sparkling Mediterranean; it’s hard not to fall for Corfu. And that’s not all Imogen is falling for… 

As the sparks of passion fly between Imogen and Panos, is Imogen having second thoughts on selling the restaurant? And will she have to choose between love and a new dream? 

Everything about this book screams Greece, from the title and its reference to the iconic song from Grease, to the opening of a Greek restaurant on the island of Corfu, and of course a sexy millionaire Greek property developer. 

Harry's whole family thought he was mad when he announces out of the blue that not only has he bought a restaurant, but that it is in Corfu. Not only that, but that he hopes it will somehow help repair his marriage, and prove to everyone that he is still capable of doing things. He asks sister Imogen to go over to Corfu with him to help set up the restaurant. 

It is Imogen's first visit to Corfu and seeing the island through a fresh pair of eyes is fabulous, and what stuck with me the most was the colour of the sea, the views, the markets and of course the sights and smells of the place, all described so well. It is so clear from the writing how much the author loves Corfu. 

As you may have suspected there is no way you can have a book about a restaurant, set in Greece, without wonderful descriptions of Greek food, as Harry and Imogen have to decide on a menu, and in Imogen's case needs to learn how to cook some of this food. I was spending a lot of time hungry while reading this story. 

It took ages for me to warm to Panos, mainly because at the start he is painted as a bad guy, but I did love that there was an obvious connection between him and Imogen, if it it takes them ages to acknowledge it. It was the day at the community market that started making me like him a lot more, and from there he to me became fabulous. 

There is so much to love about Those Summer Nights, and I really think Mandy Baggot has another hit book set in Greece here, with a fantastic mix of food, romance, comedy, Socks, and a brilliant team of brand new local Greek friends to add to the fun. 

Those Summer Nights is a great poolside read, or sunny day in a garden, or even freezing cold day in the middle of winter when you want to be warmed up virtually, and if like me you like going to new places in the comfort of a book, then definitely give this one a read. 

Thanks so much to Netgalley and Bookouture for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

Happy Publication Day to Mandy Baggot. Those Summer Nights it out now! 

Giveaway - Win a signed copy of Truly Madly Greekly by Mandy Baggot (Open Internationally)

Since it is Greek Week here on Rachel's Random Reads, Mandy Baggot has very kindly donated a signed copy of her Greek book from last year, Truly Madly Greekly for one lucky winner. 

Giveaway open Internationally, all options are voluntary, but please do what they ask, as I will be verifying the winner. Giveaway closes 23:59 4/6/2016. Winner will be announced on twitter and emailed, and they will need to reply within 7 days, or forfeit the prize, and I will re-draw for a new winner.  Good luck everyone.

Win a signed copy of Truly Madly Greekly by Mandy Baggot (Open Internationally)

1 comment:

  1. I don't know if I should read this I may want to go on holiday. I wonder if I could put my caravan on a plane.

    A great review and one I will put on my list. Well done Mandy.


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