Those Summer Nightsby Mandy Baggot

Published May 27th 2016 by Bookouture

4.5 Stars

Synopsis: Sunshine, soft white sand and a sizzling hot millionaire – you don’t get trouble in paradise, right?
Imogen Charlton is sorted. Dead-beat husband? History. Dream job? Application sent. But then her impulsive brother, Harry, spends every last penny on a Greek restaurant in Corfu, and is determined to run it himself. It’s up to Imogen to bring him to his senses.
When sexy millionaire Panos Dimitriou offers to buy back his family taverna, Imogen wonders if all her prayers have been answered (and all her fantasies about to come true). But Harry won’t budge, and his enthusiasm is infectious.
Bright pink bougainvillea tumbling over whitewashed walls, endless blue skies, the sparkling Mediterranean; it’s hard not to fall for Corfu. And that’s not all Imogen is falling for…
As the sparks of passion fly between Imogen and Panos, is Imogen having second thoughts on selling the restaurant? And will she have to choose between love and a new dream?

My Review: Greece was never on my want to visit list before, but it sure is now. What is there in Greece according to Mandy Baggot: gorgeous men, beautiful Greek Villages on the water, hilarious Greek grandmas, delicious Greek food and wine, local markets, relaxing days on sandy beaches and love.

Imogen works in a little restaurant in London but has big dreams or working for a large hotel chain. Her brother Harry is dealing with depression and bi-polar disorder. He is recently separated from his wife, but tries to spend time with his two children. When Harry tells Imogen he has purchased a restaurant in Corfu, Greece he is sure that it will bring his family back together. Imogen is horrified when she flies to Greece with Harry to find a rundown, disaster of a restaurant that he has purchased. She doesn’t have the vision that he has-but his dreams soon win her round so that she can see the potential and help him to find happiness through success. She has never seen him happier than in Corfu and she will do whatever it takes to help Harry with his restaurant and his attempt to win his family back.

The characters in this book are wonderful. They are like a huge family that do whatever is necessary to help one another. I loved the grandma, Elpida and how she helped everyone with her energetic personna and her love for her community and family. Her friend Cooky was just that, a little kooky. The two Greek men, Panos and Risto, are cousins who could not be more different. Risto is just like his grandmother, warm, welcoming and helpful. Panos, the evil developer, changes his stripes from the beginning to the end of the story. Of course love has a lot to do with that.

I do not want to give anymore of the story away, but suffice it to say that dreams can come true in Greece. With a little ouzo or some Greek wine, a bozouki player and great food you never know what can happen. I am definitely going to check out more books by Mandy Baggot. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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