Greece Actually – ARC Book Review

Greece Actually: A perfect feel-good beach read by [Sue Roberts]

Take one sea-view villa, add two dates with a Greek God, a few glasses of wine, a dash of accidental nudity, and a heavy dose of sunshine. Recipe for a perfect getaway… or an absolute disaster?

Small, shy, safe. That’s how Becky lives ever since her last romantic calamity landed her in hospital. Her comfort zone is as confining as her tiny bank balance, and fiercely guarded by her totally over-the-top mum. But the news that her ex is back sniffing round is the final straw. In a very un-Becky move, she packs her bags for the Greek island of Skiathos. Maybe the setting of her favourite ABBA movie will be just the break from reality Becky needs…

Stepping aboard the Mamma Mia! boat tour, Becky leaves her fear in the port as she sings… out loud… in public, and cries Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! to everything the Greek life has to offer. She befriends locals young, old, and absolutely perfect (hello, sizzling hot restaurant-owner Kyros!), dines on freshly baked bread drizzled in golden olive oil on a starlit date, and walks barefoot along silky sandy beaches.

When Kyros asks her to stay longer, Becky is stunned. Could she really create a new life for herself here, and trust her heart with this smooth-talking charmer? But just as she’s thinking about putting down roots, her troublesome ex makes a dramatic return, begging for her back. Will she go back to playing it safe, or will she take a chance on Greece and embrace her true dancing queen?

An absolutely laugh-out-loud summer rom-com guaranteed to give you THAT holiday feeling! Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Jenny Colgan and Sophie Kinsella.

Date published:- will be published on August 13th 2021

Publisher:- Bookouture

Genre:- Romance/ Travel

Rating:- 3.5/5

Many books I have read of Sue Roberts is so far based in Greece that I actually feel like I have visited Greece through the book though I have never visited physically there.

Shy Becky owns a shop that sells handmade lotions and soaps and after a disastrous romantic relationship which ended up with Becky in the hospital and her ex-boyfriend in prison, Becky was a bit skeptical about romance. That is until her uncle, Uncle Henry asks her to look after his villa in a small beach town in Greece. Becky along with her friends Paige and Abby goes to Greece for the vacation. And while in Greece, she meets a handsome Greek man named Kyros who owns a restaurant. The book is filled with the adventures in the island including a cruise, a party and a romantic candlelit dinner.

Just like all her books, I felt like I was in Greece while reading this book–the vivid descriptions and the Greek words and names of mouthwatering food (I had Greek food before at least). The writing was good but the ending was predictable as always, just like in case of romantic books. Becky is a likable character as the story is told mainly from Becky’s point of view. I also like the friendship between Becky, Abby and Paige and the growing budding romance between Becky and Kyros. The only thing was as I mentioned earlier, the story is way too predictable as I know this is what was going to happen in the end and that there is going to be a happily ever after ending.

Overall, this is a cozy romantic novel that will make you feel like you are in Greece for the vacation–worth three and a half stars! Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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