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Santorini Sunsets: A Novel Paperback – August 2, 2016
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"Hughes takes her readers on a romantic roller-coaster ride of passionate encounters and mixed emotions, all leading up to a brilliant finale of self-discovery and assessing just how far to go for true love." ―Booklist
"White windmills, blue ocean, and love that may or may not be true: in Santorini Sunsets Anita Hughes conjures the magic of a Greek island...She is a wonderful writer; her characters are complicated and tender; and the scenery makes me want to board the next boat bound for Santorini." ―Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Beach
“Get ready to transport yourself to the Greek Islands and savor every delicious detail of Hughes' glamorous love story. The only question is, will there be a happily ever after?” ―Emily Liebert, bestselling author of Some Women
"Hughes has a way of transporting us to the most exotic places with her writing." ―Bella NYC
About the Author
ANITA HUGHES is also the author of Monarch Beach, Market Street, Lake Como, French Coast, Rome in Love, and Island in the Sea. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing Program, and lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel. For more information about Anita and her books, visit anitahughesbooks.com.
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I voluntarily received an advanced reader copy and voluntarily bought a copy for my kindle.
In this book she has turned to the wonderful island of Santorini. Brigit Palmer has arrived to get married a few days hence to Hollywood heartthrob Blake Crawford, such an eligible young man. Staying in several villas dotted around the island, the wedding party enjoys stunning sunsets, picnics, boat trips and more in the build up to the nuptials.
The two important men in Brigit’s life, Blake and her father Francis are philanthropists, both hope to make the world a better place, and she too is on the point of moving from her job as a successful lawyer in the city (New York) to something that is more worthwhile. But the big question for her is: what exactly is the relationship between these two men? Some new discoveries certainly unsettle the bride-to-be and she flees to a cafe to nibble at food and regain her equilibrium.
Meanwhile who should turn up, but Brigit’s ex-husband, writer Nathaniel, who is working for Hello Magazine, together with handsome Olivier, his photographer. Nathaniel is there in his professional capacity at the behest of groom Blake, which really puts a fly in the ointment. Blake is selling the story and pictures of their wedding, the money going to good causes, but does it really have to be Brigit’s ex husband as master of photographic ceremonies? There are strands of other backstories that come to wobble a number of the party guests, which cause flux and upset and lead to a twist at the end. The ending was a little too smooth and “easy” for my taste…
This is a readable novel that transported me to this beautiful island, from Oia (interestingly the highest village in Santorini) to Therasia Island, Fira and Athinios, all whilst sampling the wonderful Greek food through vivid descriptions…eggplant moussaka, zucchini and grilled squid – it is a surprise that the characters aren’t all overweight, I would certainly pile on the pounds with this mouth-watering array of delicacies over a couple of days. Sunsets (as in the title), gleaming white buildings, diamond glinting sea, it’s all there for a trip to Santorini via fiction. Even the fabulous Hotel Katikies (which exists in real life) and the “best” tavern on the island, the Sirtaki Tavern both get a look-in.
In Anita’s previous novels I have felt that her writing is rather let down by the editing team behind her work and it is still to some extent the case in this new novel Santorini Sunsets. Yes, some typos, but I could have screamed at the number of times that Francis’s hair is described as “salt-and-pepper” (surely some of these needed editing out?). Small details proved a little irksome, the British do not eat candy (they eat sweets); the Australians would probably laugh long and loudly at anyone who suggests that they are Marmite eaters (it’s Vegemite for the Antipodeans – it’s similar but culturally like chalk and cheese) and the British do not call Kate (as in William and Kate) Princess Kate, it is still colloquially Kate Middleton and she is in fact a Duchess. Edit out these idiosyncrasies and the book certainly passes muster and makes for a very pleasant and relaxing read, perfect by the pool in Santorini – or at home by the fire to savour the sun of Santorini through fiction.
A wedding between a popular Hollywood actor and a New York socialite is about to take place on the Greek island of Santorini. All of the family and famous guests have arrived. But some things aren’t as perfect as they appear.
Four days before her wedding to popular actor Blake Crawford, Brigit Palmer runs into her ex-husband Nathaniel Cabot who was there to cover the wedding of the year for HELLO magazine. Nathaniel never stopped loving Brigit, but if she wants to marry Blake, he will wish her luck. But it doesn't stop him from dropping bits of information about Blake's private life that Brigit didn’t know about. This leaves Brigit wondering how she can marry someone that she hasn’t known for very long and who has so many secrets? While spending time with Nathaniel, Brigit starts having feeling for him again. Will she be able to go through with the wedding?
Also in the book, we learn how Brigit's mom struggles with a secret of her own that could destroy her marriage. Brigit's sister Daisy meets and falls in love with the photographer that is working with Nathaniel. But she has many concerns of her own as to why she shouldn’t be with him.
This is a wonderfully written book about families and the things they do for love and overcome any obstacle that gets in the way. I enjoyed every bit of this book, the writing, the characters, the location and most of all, the story. It shows how you never really know what’s going on in someone’s personal life even when it appears to be perfect.
I can't understand the characters motives at all. And if Bridget is such a brilliant lawyer, why do simple deductions take her so long?
And the poor communication between her and her ex. Not to mention that he's supposedly entirely iriritating her...and then suddenly...not.
OMG, how can this author be a repeat? Clearly, most of the reviews were to people who got a free copy for a review. Some were kind and padded it out with plot line so as not to be too terribly ungracious.
I hate posting a bad review, I really do. But this author really needs to find another line of work.