Tuesday 2 May 2017

Book Review - Finding You by Jo Watson

Amazon UK
Title: Finding You
Author: Jo Watson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Headline Eternal (UK) / Grand Central Publishing (USA)
Publication Date: 2nd May 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

When you go to Greece to meet your family but end up snogging your smokin' hot tour guide #sorrynotsorry

Jane is fed up of being the odd one out in her adoptive family. So in a very un-Jane-like move she books a last-minute ticket to find her birth father - and the real Jane. Armed with the knowledge that he was a tour guide called Dimitri, and multiple boxes of condoms from her mother (#cringe), she sets off.

It turns out that everyone in Greece is called Dimitri, including her very own sexy tour guide, who strikes her a deal. He'll help if she goes on an adventure with him. The old Jane would have never have risked a holiday romance, but the new Jane has other ideas. As the search for her father commences, she might just find something else entirely...

Fantastic story of finding yourself, finding your true love and learning about your heritage all set to a magnificent back drop of Santorini in Greece. 

Some of how Jane is feeling at the start of the book, the feelings of not really fitting in with her adoptive family, reminded me of how the main character in My Big Fat Greek Wedding felt initially. Not really sure of her looks, and doesn't feel quite connected with the rest of the family.  

Completely out of character for Jane she out of the blue decides to hop on a plane and find her birth father. All she knows is he is from Greece, used to work a tour guide and his name is Dimitri. If you have ever been to Greece you will know that Dimitri is a reasonably common name, and tour guides are rather plentiful too, just to give some idea of the task ahead of her. 

The first greek man she meets is a Dimitri and also a tour guide/model and a ridiculously hot greek guy and from here her hormones and womanly impulses are slightly out of control.  I loved how whenever Jane was nervous she would either start churning out various scientific facts, or occasionally would start rambling lots of odd things that afterwards she would be embarrassed by, but in the meantime amused me greatly. 

The descriptions of Santorini match the pictures I've seen of the place, and some of the slightly more touristy things that Jane and Dimitri do, have given me some ideas for my own day on the island later this summer, when I visit on a cruise. I loved meeting Dimitri's big family, and also how he was trying his hardest to make Jane embrace her long dormant inner Greek! 

Watching Jane grow in the time she is in Santorini was really enjoyable to see, and I just thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this story. This is the second of the Destination Love books I have read and am really enjoying the series and Jo Watson's writing. 

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

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