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  • A Lovely, Bright Read!

    It's been a grey couple of days here at home; a bit windy with showers of rain but I've been loving the sunshine pouring out of this novel! This is a romance with a difference; Alice and Max have been together for quite some time and have wonderful memories of when he proposed whilst they were holidaying in Crete. With their approaching wedding becoming a bigger affair than Alice's dreams, she is happy to jet off on a short 'hen' break with her closest girlfriends to - where else - but the Greek sunshine! Desperate to make the most of their time together, the young women set out on various excursions, one led by the very handsome and sexy Vangelis . . . A lovely, bright read which includes plenty of wonderful details about Greek culture, this is almost as good as a holiday! As with real life, of course, the path of true love never runs smooth and a few cracks appear on the road to happiness. This is, for the most part, a light and happy read with a bit of angst thrown in here and there - after all, who ever has the perfect life? A nicely written, easy read and one which left me with a smile on my face. I'm happy to recommend this one to all lovers of romance with a bit of foreign sunshine thrown in, and well worth all four stars.

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  • Quick Read

    This is a very light, easy read. I had some mixed feelings about this book as I was reading it. Alice and Max are planning their wedding, or more precisely Max and his sister are planning their wedding. Max has started a financial business and it is doing very well and he would like to go all out for the wedding. While Alice does not want all the fanfare, she doesn't speak up to him. It became a bit repetitive, Max would add guests or new attractions, like a fireworks display, and Alice would complain to herself and smile to Max. When her friends take Alice away for her hen party, she sees a simpler life and way to embrace their wedding the way she always wanted.. The problem is will she ever have the nerve to tell Max what she really wants? I enjoyed the book for the most part, but some of the sections just dragged on and I kept wishing for Alice to really speak up. Even when she tried it seemed a bit unreal. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Pass

    This is a story about an artist named Alice, who is soon to be married to her lovely fiancé Max. Before she gets hitched, Alice takes a Hen trip with her two best girlfriends and her soon to be sister in law. Alice hopes for a relaxing getaway, but instead takes the stress. of wedding planning (or lack thereof) with her to the Greek island of Crete. Alice is stressed about her wedding-she hasn't had much say in the plans. Being quite shy, and eternally grateful for Max, she is hesitant to vocalize her wishes. On the island of Crete, Alice feels more like herself, she finds the simple life very appealing, and is more willing to come out of her shell. Along the way she meets Vangelis, the tour guide from the hotel. They develop a quick connection and share special moments. Those that make Alice begin to question her entire future. I did not enjoy reading this book, for many reasons. To start positive, the book was well written and I did want to finish it, primarily for reviewing purposes. I was happy with how Alice's character ended right at the very end. I enjoyed Gail, her boss and her friendship with Ria. Now, I started this book and 75 pages in I went and re-read the synopsis because I had no idea what it was about. There was no problem, nothing was arising. After, all of the drama happens in about 50 pages and then it's right back to pages and pages of really nothing. Non of the side stories were explored very well. I did not like the other characters. I found Max so cringey, he was written to be overly perfect but wasn't. He didn't realize anything that was going on with Alice. Although Alice can also be blamed. For the entire story she constantly goes on about how perfect Max is and how grateful she should be to be with him, and everyone around her reinforces that! Meanwhile, she also spends the entire book questioning everything, not being able to be honest with him and so on. Additionally, the problem in this book is so minor and so blown out of proportion. If this book didn't revolve around a wedding, it could've been written about middle schoolers. I did not like the comments Alice's friends made to her, or comments she made. Alice came off as very awkward. Her lack of self-esteem and confidence came off as silly and as someone who needs to get it together. Then, she randomly had outbursts of confidence! Her "relationship" with Vangelis was very normal and random, nothing surrounding it made sense. She didn't want to see him but then went and got a drink with him, and so on. I hated how she commented about needing to fit into her wedding dress and how Max made a comment about her getting fit as well. Nothing about this book meshed with me-I was super disappointed.

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  • A cute, lighthearted read.

    A cute, lighthearted read. I love discovering new to me authors, especially when the writing can transport me to a new local. This is the first Sue Roberts book for me and I enjoyed watching the main character, Alice grow throughout the story as she went on holiday with her best friends, future sister-in-law, and then faced her true feelings about her life, her goals and the relationships she had with her family and fiancé. Alice is a very likable character, that is easy going but has a hidden adventurous streak that I could relate to. The supporting cast did a great job of showing all the different sides to her and helping her along on her journey of becoming the person she was meant to be. The author had a light touch when it came to description, however it was enough to make this reader want to book a trip to Crete and soak up that Grecian sun, while surrounded by pristine white beaches and hot Greek men. As for classifying this as a “fun, feel-good romantic comedy,” that’s a bit of a stretch. It is fun. It is feel-good in the end, but the story isn’t really focused on the romance so much as Alice’s feelings about her out-of-control wedding planning fiancé, her unsupportive mother, and not being happy with her career. I would classify this more as a light women’s fiction with a romantic element. Maybe even a little on the “chick lit” side. Overall, an enjoyable read especially if you are looking for something that is light, a bit fluffy, and has more of a storyline than just your average romance, and still has a happily ever after.

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