Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Book Review - My Mamma Mia Summer by Annie Robertson

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Title:  My Mamma Mia Summer
Author: Annie Robertson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 12th July 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

One summer... One dream... 
One chance to make it happen.

Laurel hasn't taken a risk her whole life. Now as summer dawns, she's going to do something that nobody expects of her. Laurel turns to her ABBA albums and her favourite film, Mamma Mia! She grabs her passport, dons her dungarees, and jets off to Skopelos for her own Meryl-inspired adventure...

Laurel books into the faded but charming Villa Athena and befriends its eccentric owner. As she explores the island's famous sights, Laurel finds herself feeling strangely at home. So should she return to her life in London, or could this be where she truly belongs?

This summer dust off your passport, pack your best dancing shoes, and escape to Greece on your own Mamma Mia! adventure! The perfect summertime read for fans of Karen Swan, Holly Hepburn and Isabelle Broom.

As a massive fan of Mamma Mia (the show and the film), in addition to a lover of fiction where there is a Greek Holiday, I was instantly drawn to this summery looking book. 

Within the first few pages of the  book, I knew I had made the right decision.  I was drawn into the story practically from the first few pages, and loved every moment of the book since.  It is in fact a shame it had to end. 

Laurel and her grandmother Marnie, had always intended to visit Skopelos where Mamma Mia was filmed, but they kept putting it off until it was no longer possible, so when Laurel is forced to take holiday leave from work she decides to go to honour Marnie's memory. 

From the moment she steps onto the plane, we are treated to a whole host of wonderful characters, fabulous scenery more references to Mamma Mia than perhaps is health to put into a book, but all the more enjoyable for their presence.  

If anything I would say if you haven't seen the film some of the references and parallels that are drawn may go completely over your head, but for those that have, you will love every second of this as, I did. 

Laurel soon makes a host of new friends, and Athena at the Villa Athena is a marvellous character, the scenery on the island is spectacular, and as you would expect there is plenty of great food too. 

This is a perfect summer read, or a pick me up in winter when you are longing for sunnier weather.  Full of humour and emotion too, this is just an all around fabulous fun book to read.   

This is the first book I have read by Annie Robertson, and it certainly won't be the last. 

Make your mind up,  and spend some Money, Money, Money, on this book that will have you thanking Abba for the Music, while you spend time with Annie the Dancing Queen, and find out if Laurel really does have a dream! 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Orion for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.  

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