Monday, 18 May 2020

Book Review - As Greek As It Gets by Sue Roberts - Blog Tour

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Title: As Greek as it Gets
Author: Sue Roberts
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 18th May 2020
Rating: 4 Stars

Let the hot Greek sun melt all your troubles away… A laugh-out-loud read full of warmth, joy and summer feeling!

Alice Clark is delighted when her boyfriend Max proposes. From her dead-end job to her straight-up-dead houseplants, her life hasn’t exactly turned out how she imagined, so she can’t wait to start some wedding planning.

But the intimate affair she imagined soon grows wildly out of control, along with Alice’s doubts. Just as things reach breaking point between the couple, Alice’s best friend whisks her away for an escape to a sun-kissed Greek island.

Sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and a cocktail – or three – and Alice soon finds herself letting loose and relaxing into the Greek way of life. When she visits a gorgeous village nestled in the hilltops overlooking the sea, and meets a friendly local woman with a very special business – and a very handsome son – Alice is surprised by how drawn she feels to these people and this life.

As the sun sets on her Greek holiday, Alice knows she has some big decisions to make. Will finding herself mean losing the life she had planned? Or could it be the start of something else entirely?

A feel-good read perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Jenny Colgan and Sophie Kinsella.

I was incredibly excited when this book was announced, as I love a Sue Roberts book, I love a story set in Greece and I really wanted to read this on my holiday to Crete. However well a pandemic has happened, clearly I'm not getting that holiday, and thus this in some respects just for me became a trickier book to read, for as much as I enjoyed it,  I can't help but continually feel gutted I don't get to go to Crete for real. 

For the Greek holiday in this novel, is in Malia, Crete, but at the same time it did mean I was able to virtually visit the island.  I loved Alice and her friends jeep trip around the island, allowed me to see some of the real Greece from the comfort of my living room (not quite the same as reading poolside,but that's what imagination is for).

This is the story of whether or not Alice will really get the wedding of her dreams to Max,  they appear to be complete opposites, especially when it comes to wedding planning.  Some of Maxes ideas really made me laugh, and I loved how generous he was.  He really cares for Alice, that much is obvious, and generally I had a lot of time for Max.

Yet frankly it was the gorgeous Greek guy that I was far more interested in, he isn't even in much of the story but he has a lasting impact.  I would love to read a book where he is the hero, as I'd thoroughly enjoy getting to know him better. 

The Greek holiday mainly featuring in this book is Alice's hen party, and it was comparatively civilised compared to what I thought when I heard Malia and Hen Party in the same sentence! Ria, Kerry and Molly are the others on the trip, and I enjoyed getting to know them a bit too, especially their relationships with Alice. 

This was an enjoyable story, which allowed me to travel in some way to Greece this year, featuring a gorgeous Greek guy, Greek food in great sounding tavernas, a fabulous fiance, a bunch of deliberation over what Alice really wants, and just an all around entertaining read. 

Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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