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  • Terrific Reading!

    If, during these unprecedented times of lockdown, you want a trip to a stunning, sunny location with plenty of history, lots to do and a gorgeous beach - then this is the perfect novel for you! When Rosa and her long-term boyfriend part company, her mum is on hand to offer her a summer job on the beautiful island of Malta. Badly needing to put some distance between herself and Marcus, Rosa arrives on the sun-drenched island, looking forward to time to get herself together again. Her mother, however, is quick to introduce Zach in the hope that a new romance is the quickest way of her moving on, but another entanglement is the very last thing on Rosa's mind. In fact, she is determined to avoid love altogether. This is a wonderful novel, bursting at the seams with the beauty of Malta, the fabulous weather, the history of the island and all told through a well-written, creative story with excellent characters. Touching on romance, family dynamics and so very much more, this is a great read with so much going on! I thought that the author must have done a lot of research for this one, but on reading the acknowledgements I realise that her interest was piqued by her own experiences. Sue Moorcroft does the setting justice - frankly, the tourist board should sell this book! I've been immersed in a truly unforgettable experience and can now understand the attraction of this island and why people return again and again. My only criticism would be that the final chapter seemed a little abrupt and out of place with the pace of the preceding ones. However, I have no hesitation in giving this one the fullest recommendation and 4.5 glowing stars.

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  • Slow starting holiday romance on Malta

    Rosa flees her ex and her ex best friend and goes to Malta to spend the summer with her mother Dory who is writing a Mediterranean cookery book. Their upstairs neighbour is an Englishman called Zach who has fled the UK with his own demons, his sister Marci and her daughter Paige. You can run away from your problems and your family, but soon they'll come knocking at your door. Soon Zach is embroiled in the troubles of a young man at the youth centre where he volunteers, Rosa is enchanted by Marci's daughter and romance is in the air. I love Sue Moorcroft's Middledip novels but for some reason I have never warmed to her books set overseas, so shame on me for requesting another one. The first quarter felt all tell and no show, we got a tourist guide to Malta on every page and the stilted way in which each character felt the need to give long detailed back stories for everything was very wearing. There's a scene at a party early on where Zach talks about the youth centre where he volunteers, but he goes into the history of the centre and who founded it and their philosophy, then Rosa says, oh I work somewhere similar in the UK and gives her own long, boring detailed history of the founder etc. I persevered (although TBH I was just trying to get to 30% before I DNFd) and gradually the characters took over from the author telling, there were multiple plots unfolding and it all started to get better. Overall, if you don't mind a slow beginning, or have a deep fascination with the history of Malta, this is a charming fun holiday read. Warning your wine and beer consumption is likely to increase as the characters always seem to be sitting on the terrace with a glass of something cold and alcoholic in their hands LOL. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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  • Wonderfully summery

    Rosa Hammond has recently split from her boyfriend Marcus. She travels to Malta to be with her celebrity chef mum who is writing a cookbook and needs an assistant for photographs and social media. Whilst she is there her mum tries to fix her up on a date with the gorgeous Zach to help her get over her ex, but Rosa isn’t looking for love just yet, and she isn’t sure Zach would be a good match for her anyway with his lifestyle and his families past. However, sometimes love comes along when you least expect it to and with someone you couldn’t imagine feeling like that about. Fate does like to intervene! This is the first book by Sue Moorcroft that I have read and I can confirm it won’t be my last. The setting of Malta was so beautiful and has me now eager to travel there (it has been on my bucket list for a while). Although I do feel like I have had a mini-tour of the island from my armchair after reading this book. The characters were all a delight to spend my time with and were perfectly realistic. They were easy to imagine, as was the setting and the scenes. The book began quite abruptly with Rosa and Zach having a meal together and I did try to scroll backward on my Kindle wondering if I had missed the beginning as I didn’t expect that was how it would begin given the synopsis, but it worked. The book covers lots of subjects, some easy-going and some hard-hitting, which were all done in a none condescending manner. The pace of the book felt steady and there were a few surprises along the way to keep me on my toes and intrigued. In these hard times when we can’t travel the world, why not pick this book up and take a literary vacation in Malta where you will find exotic food, glorious drinks, wonderful characters, and a blossoming romance.

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