I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on August 2nd 2016
Source: St. Martin's Press
The seventh intoxicating love story by Anita Hughes, set in beautiful Santorini, Greece. When a Hollywood superstar and a NYC society girl fall in love, sparks fly and secrets are revealed.
Brigit Palmer is thrilled to be on the Greek Island of Santorini. She's here for her wedding to Hollywood heart-throb Blake Crawford, one of America's most eligible bachelors. Brigit's parents have rented a villa, and soon guests will arrive from all over the world for the intimate ceremony.
Brigit is a New York socialite, and she's just given up her position at a Manhattan law firm to run her father's philanthropic foundation. Things are finally falling into place. Love, career, family. Everything is going so well...until she steps into the garden and sees her ex-husband Nathaniel hiding in the rose bushes.
Nathaniel, a failed novelist, announces that Blake sold the rights to the wedding to HELLO! Magazine for two million dollars (donated to charity), and he is the reporter assigned to write the story. Everyone expects Brigit to have her happily ever after, including her mother who taught her how to lead the perfect lifestyle, her younger sister Daisy who impatiently wishes for her own love story, and of course, her fiancé. Things are supposed to work out for them. But when Brigit discovers an unsettling secret about Blake, she questions everything she's ever believed about love, and wonders if she's better off alone.
Told in Anita Hughes' spectacularly descriptive prose, SANTORINI SUNSETS is a story about family bonds, first loves, and the question of when to let go and when to hang on as tight as you can.
I was really looking forward to this book and I found myself being a bit disappointed. I have gotten to read a few of Hughes books and usually there is a wonderful romance. I had a really hard time connecting to the main character. She was a bit too whiney for my taste.
What I liked:
- I love destination books. It gives me a chance to learn about a new place.
- I do like the writing style.
- I love the second chance underlying lesson
What I didn’t Like:
- the characters. I didn’t like any of them. This made reading the book a bit harder for me.
- I don’t understand the decisions that the characters made.
- I don’t like the focus on all the brand names. I feel like Hughes is doing this a lot in her books. I feel like it draws attention away from the writing.
Will I give Hughes a second chance. Of course. I was disappointed that I didn’t love this one though.