- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks (March 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402285108
- ISBN-13: 978-1402285103
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Falling in Honey: How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart Paperback – March 4, 2014
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, "The Lying Game." See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Barclay first visited the tiny Greek island of Tilos with friends, including a lover with promising prospects. In her mid-thirties when those prospects fell apart, she never forgot the appeal of the island with its breathtaking views and population of 500, far outnumbered by goats. Emotionally adrift, she makes herself three pledges, gifts to herself: cut back on work, take a six-month hiatus from relationships to reconnect with herself, and spend a month in Tilos. She immerses herself in the Greek culture, food, language, and dance she so loves. Emotionally healed and recharged, she returns to England, where she meets a man who wants what she wants, a future with children and maybe a life on that tiny Greek island. But all of her careful precautions against heartbreak and preparation for her life-changing move don’t preclude the disaster she faces. Barclay’s beautiful memoir recalls both Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love (2006) and the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, providing glimpses into the lives of people in a small Greek village and the process of healing from a broken heart. --Vanessa Bush
"They say Eat Pray Love is the epitome of what engaging memoir writing should be... they obviously hadn't read Falling In Honey!...Raw, poignant, so very honest it makes you reel because you just don't expect people to be so honest and baring their soul out like this in 'public', this read captivated me...if there's one book I were to recommend as THE book of 2014, it would be Falling In Honey. " - Zee Monodee
"Five honey dipped stars...prepare to get hungry with a need to travel (or Google Greece to daydream). This is a perfect book for lounging on the beach, or for helping you pretend that you are during the winter. Fans of books like Eat, Pray, Love and Karma Gone Bad ought to check this out." - Bitches n Prose
"Barclay's beautiful memoir recalls both Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love (2006) and the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, providing glimpses into the lives of people in a small Greek village and the process of healing from a broken heart." - Booklist
"Captured with beautiful words that paint a serene picture of life in Greece. If you also want to fall in love with Greece, I highly recommend Falling in Honey: How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart." - Jetsetera
"Light and lively reading with an understated edge." - Kirkus
"Jennifer speaks to women everywhere in this memoir. How many of us I have dreamed of giving everything up to run away to a deserted island? After reading this book, maybe my trip isn't as far fetched as I thought" - Cayocosta72
"A lovely read, made me want to run away to a Greek island." - Helena Frith Powell, author of All You Need to Be Impossibly French
"The descriptions of Tilos are lovely, and her experiences there are generally fun...it is a pleasant and easy read and would be ideal for taking away on a holiday." - The Garden Window
"There are twists and turns aplenty in this book, and while the course of love is not always sweet, the honey overtones of a magical island persist." - Food & Travel
"Jennifer is a very evocative writer you can almost smell the honey, the salty sea, the goats. Along with the evocative smells the reader get a warts and all summary of some disastrous relationships that drives her to the very edge and each time it is Greece in general and Tilos in particular that brings her back and heals her mental wounds." - Sally From Oz
"I got totally sucked into the simplicity and mystique of the tiny Greek Island of Tilos. Every time I sat down and opened it I felt like I was on vacation...Thank you Jennifer Barclay, for transporting me across the country and igniting an excitement to one day visit this tiny island that just months ago I had never heard of! " - Lipstick and Leopard Print
"I really loved it and was sad when I finished it. A real pleasure." - Jane Johnson, author of The Tenth Gift and The Sultan's Wife
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
But – when I picked up Falling in Honey, it stuck.
I read it to the end and didn’t get distracted by any other book on my Kindle. It was a Literary Sunday Lunch and I didn’t leave the table until I’d finished it and my head was full of daydreams!
The full title of this book should really be “Falling in Honey after a couple of Lemons: Jen’s bitter-sweet adventure”. I follow Jennifer’s blog “Octopus in my Ouzo” and was eagerly awaiting the publication of Falling in Honey. I didn’t read the book summary or reviews before buying it, I just bought it on the strength of the cover alone. I just assumed Falling in Honey focused on Jen’s move to the Greek Island of Tilos. In fact it included a bumpy ride through a couple of Jen’s relationships, and her bitter-sweet journey along the way.
There’s a famous quote from American Novelist and Poet Don Williams Jr. "The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination." This quote is indicative of Jen’s journey to Tilos. Falling in Honey narratives her lessons along her journey to Tilos, and as I read her story, I became vested in how the story ends. That’s the trick for any author – how to capture the readers attention between the Title and “The End”.
How Jen does it is by inviting you into her world. You’re sitting at a table with her in Tilos habour enjoying a coffee. You’re slicing pungent tomatoes on her balcony of her new apartment and licking the juice of your fingers; you’re watching lethargic goats eat roses from her garden. You’re a fly on the wall at another difficult situation where you wonder if it’s a friendly man with a platonic interest her or a friendly man with honey on his mind.
The book is a series of sweet moments, that runs through your fingers. There’s no great emotional climax in the story – but there’s enough pace to keep you vested in the outcome.
To get over the bitter taste of failed relationships, Jen becomes her own fairy godmother and grants herself three wishes: Freelance Fridays, A Vow of Celibacy and a Month in Greece. These three wishes provided an ideal way to distance herself from her old life, and see it from the outside looking in. It was a safe way to try on a new lifestyle to see if it fit, without making any dramatic commitments.
By all accounts it fit perfectly – and her story is an inspiration for others to test drive a new lifestyle for themselves.
Falling in Honey is a reminder that the ebb and flow of life is uncertain and constantly in flux. You can either surrender and takes the knocks from this bumper car ride called life. Or you can wait for the music to stop and walk away. At one point in her story I did begin to wonder if her journey would get derailed by one of her Testosterone infused Lemons, but she headed to Tilos regardless, and I needn’t have worried about the outcome.
Jen swapped her carnival ride of a life for something more tranquil, and now she has time to smell the flowers and watch the stars.
The information does evoke life on a small Greek island in its details to some extent, and I appreciate the journey of an independent (if remarkably naive) woman, but the narrative is flat and ultimately uninteresting. It is possible, in other hands, for someone to write autobiographical chronology with grace, depth, intelligence, and insight; see Elizabeth Gilbert's books, for one example.