Thursday 18 April 2024

Summer at the Santorini Bookshop - Rebecca Raisin || Blog Tour


A Greek island holiday. A fake-dating pact. A chance at true love?

After losing her job as a book scout, hopeless romantic Evie needs a fresh start. So when she hears that her eccentric grandmother has just taken on a small bookshop in Santorini, Evie jumps at the chance to visit her. But life on the island is not as idyllic as it first seems. Gran has a tempestuous relationship with her landlord and he’s threatening to take the bookshop away from her. So when Gran asks Evie to fake a romance with her landlord’s Greek God of a grandson, Georgios, to keep the family on side, she reluctantly agrees.

As the sun sets on Evie’s Greek holiday, can she save the bookshop – and fake date her way to love?

*Gifted my copy for the blog tour*

I am a huge Rebecca Raisin fan so when the blog tour popped up for this i was certain i wanted my spot and my chance to kick off my summer reading plans (all be it in March) with this delightful read. 

Evie is plodding through life quite content with her job but when it all changes and she looses her job. It just so happens her mother needs her to go check on her gran who has married and set up a bookshop in Santorini. So what perfect chance? However Evie arrives just as she discovers her gran arguing with a man & discovering she has recently been arrested over a dispute with the landlord. 

Evies gran has a solution though, Evie should fake date Georgios to keep things sweet while Evies gran sets about the launch of the year at the bookshop. However - as readers all know, does fake dating ever really work out?

I absolutely adored this book, it was just a delight. It was summery, it was bookish and just the right amount of spice. Evie was brilliant, she is who i want to be. She is herself, she is bookish and she is flawed. However - watching her experience new things, meet new people (as someone who is not a people person) was brilliant. Been able to see her flourish allows for the reader to really feel an attachment. 

Now Georgios was just as divine, he likewise has commitments to his family and ensuring the bookshop turns a profit and rent is paid. Yet as his path begins to cross more and more with Evies we see the pair develop together.

Filled with beautiful surroundings, wonderful food and all things bookish this is a summer read to devour. You really feel that just for those few hours you have been transported on holiday.

Rebecca Raisin writes heartwarming romance from her home in sunny Perth, Australia. Her heroines tend to be on the quirky side and her books are usually set in exotic locations so her readers can armchair travel any day of the week. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous heroes who have brains as well as brawn, is falling in love with them – just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true, once in a lifetime love. Her bestselling novel Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop has been optioned for film with MRC studios and Frolic Media.

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