The Summer House in Santorini by Samantha Parks
Expected Publication: August 7, 2019 by HarperImpulse
Synopsis: One summer in Greece will change everything…
Anna’s running away. From a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life.
On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas, blue-tiled roofs, and the turquoise waters of the Aegean lapping at the white sand beaches, Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house from her estranged father. As she rebuilds the house, she rebuilds her life, uncovering family secrets along the way that change everything. She starts to fall for her little slice of paradise, as well as for gorgeous, charming Nikos. Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?
This was a beautiful summer romance on a Greek Island, what’s not to like. When Anna finds out her father has left her sister, Lizzy, and her his summer home on Santorini Island she is at a crossroads. All she has ever wanted to be is a photographer. She works in the gallery of a famous photographer, hoping for her big break, but so far, nothing. She has just seen her boss and sometime lover with another woman and after confronting him, she tells him she is going to Greece. He unceremoniously fires her and she has no reason not to spend time in Greece. Her father left his family behind in the US when Anna was only five, so she has never met her grandparents and thinks she hates her deceased father. Can the allure of a Greek Island in summer, a handsome Greek man, her grandparents, a neglected cottage and her first true female friend change her mind about staying?
This was a sweet, new beginnings romance story with some family drama as well. When Anna heads off to Santorini, she is somewhat bitter, yet hopeful that she could fix up the summer house, sell it and use the money to live on while trying to become known in the photography world. She is also a bit insecure and afraid of relationships. Thinking her father abandoned her when she was five, has set the stage for her feelings about men, as inaccurate as the information from her mother may be. When she allowed herself to loosen up, we meet a new, loving, carefree Anna. This is the Anna I liked. I loved the characters of Niko and Elena. They supported Anna, became her friends and loved her. I was rooting for Niko to break through Anna’s defenses so she could figure out what she wanted out of life, not what she thought she needed or deserved.
The setting was wonderful. Samantha Parks did a wonderful job with the descriptions of where they were and what they were seeing. I could almost visualize what they saw, even though I have never been to Greece. You can bet that it just moved up on my bucket list of places to go. Overall, this was a great summer story about love, new beginnings, taking chances and not always believing everything you are told about another person. I definitely recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a summer romance involving new beginnings. This is another one of those books that I could see being made into a Hallmark Movie that I would love to watch. Bravo. I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: Samantha Parks is the pen name of Sam Gale. Her pen name comes from her late grandmother Velma Hobbs nee Parks, who was one of Sam’s greatest role models. Sam was born in North Carolina but now resides in Bournemouth, UK with her husband Alex. She owns a successful marketing company and is enjoying her slow descent into “crazy plant lady” status.