The Summer House in Santorini Paperback – October 3, 2019
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A wonderfully uplifting romance novel to escape lockdown with!
About the Author
Samantha Parks is the pen name of Sam Gale. Her pen name comes from her late grandmother Velma Hobbs nee Parks, who was one of Sam's greatest role models. Sam was born in North Carolina but now resides in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband Alex. She owns a successful marketing company and is enjoying her slow descent into "crazy plant lady" status.
The Summer House in Santorini is her first novel.
- Item Weight : 7.8 ounces
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008324452
- Publisher : One More Chapter; Digital original edition (October 3, 2019)
- Product dimensions : 5 x 0.75 x 7.75 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #127,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are not too many characters in this novel and that is to the author’s credit. She does a good job with development and a bit of history that’s revealed thru a series of letters written by the heroine’s deceased father. Anna has trials on every front: family, professional, new relationships, old relationships. Solving these issues while rehabbing the Summer House, is a Hallmark worthy adventure for Anna and her cohorts.
No warnings needed for this book; PG all the way and that only for a brief tumble in bed that faded to black. I’m not presumptuous enough to declare this the best beach read of 2019 but it was pretty good📚
Throw in a despicable mother, a bunch of rather hard to like characters (except for her Greek grandfather), and a predictable storyline, all that is left is the beautiful locale. Thus one star...for the locale.
could have been much been sharper. I was really hoping for more descriptive words to get me to visualize what her grandparents looked like, their sorrow at the loss of a loved one should have been evident in their faces as well as the years of working hard. All in all, I would read another book by this author.
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Thank god that wasn't the case here because The Summer House in Santorini is everything I want from a romance novel. The writing flows easily from chapter to chapter, narrating Anna's journey smoothly and easily, like you're being told it by a friend. Sam's descriptions of Santorini have you feeling like you're right there on the cobbled streets, looking out at the sea.
The plot is compelling enough to keep you on your toes, it's a sweet, fresh start kind of novel that leaves you itching to make a change (and book a holiday to Santorini!). I found myself rooting for Anna (despite not LOVING her from the get go), and praying for that happy ending.
It's an easy, pick me up, poolside read, perfect for binging on a sunny weekend preferably with a cocktail in hand. I can't wait to see what's next from Sam!
It wasn't just a 'boy meets girl, falls in love & lives happily ever after' but dealt with the estrangement Anna had from her father & the realisation, after his death,
that things were not as her mother had led her to believe.
The refurbishment of the home left to her on Santorini by her father & the growing relationship with her grandparents & subsequent friends, all added to build a terrific story.
The only complaint I had was that Anna should have torn into her mother for all the lies she had been told which kept her from a father who loved her.
The description of Santorini made me feel like i was there. Anna's father left when she was young,she was told by her mother that he had cheated on her and walked out on his family. When Anna and her sister Lizzie are told that their father has died and the have been left his Summer house they are informed that it has to be accepted in person. Anna after losing her job decides that this is the break she needs from her life and goes to Santorini to do the house up and sell it as she wants nothing to do with her fathers property.
But she finds more than she ever thought possible,but is she falling into the same oath as her parents. I thoroughly enjoyed this book,it was a little holiday from reality and a beautiful story.