Desperately Seeking Summer, The perfect feel-good Greek romantic comedy to read on the beach this summer, Mandy Baggot
Genre: Romance, women’s Fiction
* sigh * one day we’ll stop trying to alienate male readers with this horrible, discriminating category. Why do publishers think men don’t read romance – they do!
I love Mandy Baggot’s stories…usually. This one though was a hard slog to get through instead of the usual humorous fun romance. I wasn’t convinced by Desperately Seeking’s turnaround, from a total Barbie Pink disaster when Abby gets there to successful and flourishing agency a few weeks later. There’s no way I’d buy property from that agency – if I had the money of course. I liked the general Greek, sunny feeling to the book and enjoyed reading about the characters but again I didn’t feel “there” in the story, didn’t feel as if I was involved in events as I usually do with Mandy’s books.
I liked Abby, and could see how her hotel skills came in useful in seeing what was wrong with her mum and sister agency, but the way everything went wrong became old very fast. It was funny at first, then – much like her sisters overuse of “wanging” it began to irritate.
I loved Theo, loved his aunt, loved the guy who’s name I’ve forgotten – the man who did the olive wood carvings. They sounded just beautiful. Diana, what an awful person she was – but I like a few of those in a story, give a balance to the good guys 😉 there were lots of side characters, each with their own idiosyncrasies, and they added to the holiday feel of the read.
I guess it was just the overall story that fell a bit flat for me, didn’t feel real, as there were some fabulous characters here. Still, as usual that’s just my opinion and others will love this. As ever its very well written, flows well, just that I couldn’t wholly get along with the actual premise of the book.
Stars: Three, I was disappointed, usually Mandy’s reads are fives, or at least a four for me but this one didn’t really fit my taste.
ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers