Those Summer Nights by Mandy Baggot

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The perfect romantic comedy on a gorgeous Greek island

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?

This summer, spend long sunny days on the beach, and balmy nights in Greek tavernas on the gorgeous island of Corfu. Perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond, Miranda Dickinson and Lindsey Kelk.

My Review – 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book.

The family think Harry is crazy when he buys a restaurant in Acharavi, Corfu. He is estranged from his wife Janie. He had an accident at work and then suffered with depression, they were having a tough time and drifted apart.

He tells his sister, Imogen, after he’s bought it and when she sees it online she is shocked to see the state of it.

But Harry is very keen and seems to have it all sorted out….in his mind that is.

Harry gets plane tickets and off they go to Corfu the very next week.

When Imogen sees the building in the flesh she is even more horrified. It’s overgrown with weeds, the windows are broken and she just can’t see past that. However Harry is straight in there with his ideas. He already has a list of jobs to do.

They spend their first night in the flat above the restaurant. It didn’t even have beds!! Imogen woke up covered in mosquito bites, just like my first night in Corfu, many many years ago,

Over the next few days though Imogen notices the things that made Harry fall in love with Corfu years ago, when he holidayed with Janie. The blue sky, the sparkling sea, the greenness of the place. The beautiful views of the mountains, and the view across the sea to Albania.

There is another story to be told here.

The story of the Dimitriou family.
The matriarch, Elpida, and her grandson Panos.
The restaurant had been in the Dimitriou family for years and Elpida had sold it to Harry.
Panos, in property development himself, was furious as he wanted it for himself. He had big ideas for it.
The stories intertwine and the connection between Imogen and Panos is born.
They definitely don’t hit it off, with some hilarious scenes.

The characters had good depth, and this was delved into bit by bit especially with Panos as things from the past were discovered. Things he found out were different that he’d originally thought, information about his late father.

The story takes quite a predictable route at the community market in Arillas….but I wanted that!!

The way other characters come into the story really adds to it all being a fantastic read.
Janie and the children, Harry and Imogen’s mum. Elpida’s friend Cooky.
I loved the ‘Dance of the lovers’ scene at the festival, beautiful. I felt I was there watching.
Oh, I forgot to mention…..Panos was a Greek god, swoon-worthy.
A couple of quotes that stood out:-
“Imogen took a deep breath and batted a flying beetle away from her face” OMG I remember these and they were huge!
And the ‘hearts and trousers’ quote “In life you can have many pairs of trousers….and they might not all fit like you wish them to, but you only have one heart”

I loved the Grease reference in the title…..and it definitely is ‘You’re the one that I want, Oo,Oo,Oo honey’ !!
I escaped to Corfu for some sun, and what a fabulous time I had.
I really felt I was there, the descriptions were so real. I could almost taste that gorgeous Greek food as it was prepared in the kitchens, taste the cloudy ouzo and water as I lost myself in the gorgeous Corfu sunshine.
You can tell Mandy Baggot is smitten with the place, she writes about it with such love.

This is a perfect summer read, it is also a perfect anytime read and it will stay with me forever.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the early review copy.
Publication date 27th May 2016

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