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  • This Year's Beach Read

    Alexandra’s lost her mother and feels like an outsider in her own family. When she receives her mother’s diary detailing her adventures in Greece, Alexandra can’t help retracing her steps and discovering why her mother never spoke of her time there. This was a great book. So rich in details – the author does a great job describing the location, you feel like you are right there. I highly recommend this book!

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  • A Great Summer Read

    This is a time slip novel, we visit Greece in 1969 with Elin. Jan Baynham manages to create a great read. Who wouldn’t love the setting, the people Elin meets, including the gorgeous Stelios and enjoy the wonderful location that is beautifully described. It came across as so real, I felt like I was there with the art students. We then revisit the same area 22 years later with Elin’s daughter Alexandra who having found her mother's diary goes looking to experience some of her mother’s 1969 experience. The whole novel oozes warmth and evokes that summer holiday feeling. Relax and enjoy - I did.

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  • Wonderful Island

    This is a great book. There are sad bits, mystery bits, travel bits, romantic bits, happy bits, artistic bits and more besides, something for everyone! I particularly liked the way the story was told, going between the diary entries and the full, realistic events. The book made you feel the sun of the island and see the views. I could really feel for all of the characters, it was like reading the story of things I had been part of, people who I'd known. The ending was well crafted, and again, so believable. Think that by these words you get the feeling I loved the book! Yes, you are right. Buy, read and lose yourself in it.

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  • Great story set on sunny Greek island - recommend!

    Wonderful read. Escape from everything to a sunny Greek island where you can share the adventures, love and traumas of Elin and her daughter Alexandra. I was worried it might be a copy of Mama Mia or Shirley Valentine but it definitely was not - a very original story with twists and turns. Elin and Alexandra are both totally believable women who experience unusual circumstances far from home. I loved my journey with them as they learnt about themselves, their dreams and reality. Couldn’t put the book down! The book is so well written and You really feel like you are there and getting to know every character with Elin and Alexandra. Loved this book and highly recommend it!

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  • Not Mamma Mia at all!

    Please don't think this is a rehash of Mamma Mia - it isn't. The storyline was rather predictable but, even so, I loved it and enjoyed seeing how it would reach it's conclusion, and there were surprises along the way that enriched the story without leaving loose ends. If you want a good, uplifting and easy read to devour in one sitting, this is it. I loved it and was sorry when it came to an end. I'm sure there is potential for a sequel. What happens to Alexandra and Yiannis next?

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