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- Print Length: 300 pages
- Publisher: Lemon Tree Press (January 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D8NMGNA
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,752 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"As a first book you never know what to expect. There is nothing to compare it to. I do not believe I have ever read a book like this and do not believe I will again for a long time. I most certainly will recommend this to all my friends." - Charlotte Lynn, A Novel Review.
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Other reviews will discuss the plot, so I'll skip that and just write a few quick thoughts. I loved Kate Frost's writing style. She paced her story well and has a deft touch with language. The writing is descriptive, without excess wordiness There were no jarring typos to break the flow.
Her descriptions clearly painted both people and places. I felt the heat of Greece and the stress of too much togetherness. I also felt the blustery beauty of England and felt the chill of unfinished conversations. In this book it was the "in between" space that held my attention. The "in between" was full of tension and possibilities, and in the end, that's what I liked most about this book. Life is full of those little, or big, spaces between people, between places, between what we want and what we have -- and it's in those spaces that we plot the course of our lives. Any book that helps us remember that is well worth reading.
After whirlwind romance while on holiday in Cephalonia, Sophie leaves everything and everyone behind in from her home in London to move to Greece with her handsome and care free boyfriend, Alekos. They've made plans to make their career dreams come true. But upon arrival all of the dreams the two had talked about fall to the wayside as Sophie quickly learns that the confident and outgoing man she fell in love with is a mama's boy who lets his mom walk all over him. Despina, Alekos's mother, has already made plans for the couple working and living in the family run restaurant. Neither are happy but Alekos won't stand up to his mother. So they live in a tiny bedroom above the restaurant along with Aleko's parents and work in the family restaurant 6 to 7 days a week for 12 hours a day. They have no private life.
Alekos never sticks up for what he and Sophie want leaving Sophie unhappy and feeling like she will always be second place to his mom. Her dreams have died and after a family emergency brings her back Marshton Village, where her mom has moved, she's not sure she wants to go back to Greece. When Alekos finally comes to see Sophie for her birthday he shows up with his mom. He was to afraid to tell Sophie his mom was coming along on the trip knowing she will be upset. Sophie is outraged and decides that's the final straw. She will not go back to Greece even though she still loves Alekos. But she's conflicted because she is keeping a secret from Alekos. Eventually they get their HEA but it's not until the last few pages of the book. I honestly thought there was going to be a sequel because there was no ending in sight until the very last couple of pages. I was frustrated with Sophie's character and felt like she was stupid to let her life become so miserable for so long. I was also frustrated with Alekos for never standing up to his mother despite knowing it's making his fiance, Sophie, miserable and putting a strain on their relationship. I did enjoy the book but I felt cheated by the ending of the book. There are only 6 pages of the HEA! It was so close to the end of the book with everybody was still at odds that I honestly thought there must be a sequel to the book. I give this book 3 stars. It is written well but it had so much more potential. Instead of everybody being miserable through the entire book the author could have at least extended a happy ending.
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It is a lovely story of a relationship between a mother and daughter with some wonderful characters - especially Despina the overbearing, bossy, greek mama who always wants and expects to get her own way. What I did like was the edge of unpredictableness about the story - for a large part of the book you just don't know in what direction Sophie's life is going to go, or with who! The story moves at a fluid pace, and has an ending that definitely brought a tear to my eye.
Highly recommended reading!
Sophie Keech sets off to Greece to live with her boyfriend. Four years down the line and she is getting itchy feet. Although she is engaged to Alekos, it doesn't seem like he wants to cut himself from his mother's apron strings any time soon. Sophie has not spoken to her mother in that time, so she is very reluctant to travel back to the UK when she has to assist her mother who has been involved in an accident. Sophie is a character who can be related to and is likeable but has some flaws. I like characters like that as it makes them more real. The characters of Alekos and his mother Despina help show that people can be good but cultural issues can affect how they behave.
I like books which are set in faraway places, as I do like travel. Although the descriptions of Greece were good, I particularly enjoyed Sophie's adventures in Norfolk and the people she meets whilst helping her mother. The atmosphere and the detail made me want to be a part of that. The story also questions relationships in general, not just romantic ones, so it gave some food for thought there.
It is a well-written debut novel from Kate Frost that I comfortably read within two days as I did not want to put it down. Look forward to reading more from the author in due course.
Alexos's family run a restaurant together and it's not long before the attraction of sunshine and new language begin to fade, and Sophie finds herself confused and overwhelmed by the Greek family traditions. Especially Alexos's over-powering mother, Despina. Sophie finds herself losing grip on her own dreams and increasingly controlled and smothered by his family, and her frustrations reach boiling point when it's clear Alexos can't see a problem.
When her mother is injured in a car crash, that kills her current boyfriend, Sophie is glad to escape Greek life and travel back to her mum's new home in East Anglia. Here, despite her fractious relationship with her mum, Sophie finally finds the space and peace she craves.
Torn between two worlds, and with a whole load of complications added to the mix, which life path will Sophie choose?
Kate Frost is an accomplished writing, with strong, believable characters and a style that hooks you right into the storyline. This is a story of tangled families, betrayal and choices that will make you look at your own life from a different perspective.
Highly recommended and a bargain at only £1.99 for Kindle.
This book is beautifully written with some lovely descriptions. Although the opening scenes in Greece lacked urgency, I became more and more involved with Sophie's future and found the denouement riveting. Forget butterflies, think the unrelenting sun of Greece, the salty breezes of East Anglia and look forward to a big emotional punch at the end.
A delightful read.
A wonderful book that will bring much happiness to all those who read it.
On a side note, as a Norfolk girl, I was a bit excited to see local places like Norwich, Swaffham and Blakeney mentioned... Had to Google Marshton though and it draws a blank which is a shame as it could have been worth a visit. If anyone knows information to the contrary though, do let me know!
But then she was a bit dim as well putting up with it all for so long. And I didn't think the ending was too believable, partly what she did and partly how he let her get away with it.
And then right at the end - oh it's all OK now all's well that ends well. I thought too much water had passed under the bridge for all to be forgiven and forgotten. Sorry but just didn't really enjoy it. And I hate saying that about a book.
I'll certainly be watching out for further books by this author.
It's rare I'm so eager to know what happens next, but I found myself going to bed early to read it and even getting up early to do the same, all the more enjoyable for the morning birdsong which accompanied it. I'm delighted it's part of a series as I really want to know the next instalment of their lives, I'll be starting book 2 tomorrow... ❤️