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June 3, 2021

Going Greek by Sue Roberts ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Do you wish you were going somewhere exotic for the summer holidays? You can travel to Greece in the pages of Sue Robert's new summer novel Going Greek.

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Going Greek
May 2021; Bookouture; 978-1800192003
ebook, print (268 pages); women's fiction
I don't read a lot of chick-lit or romantic comedies, but I usually like to read one or two during the summer. I tend to lean more to the women's fiction side of the genre so I thought Going Greek by Sue Roberts (the UK author, not the Girl Who Reads reviewer by the same name) would be a good choice.

Sam Southern is a successful morning TV talk show host, but at the end of the season wrap party she throws caution to the wind and hooks up with a guy from the bard. Unfortunately, it was a bad decision that blows up the internet and possibly torpedos her career. With summer appearances canceled, Sam decides to head to the Greek isle where her sister lives for an extended holiday. With time to finally relax, Sam finds herself re-evaluating her life and what she thought was important.

I loved the setting of a small Greek village. I watched The Durrell's of Corfu a few years ago, and the village that Fiona lives with her husband and twin daughters reminded me of the show with it is colorful village life. 

I loved all the secondary characters. There is a character named Spyros and I couldn't stop picturing Alexis Georgoulis, who played Spiros on The Durrell's. Also, Sofia made me think of Lugaretzia, played by Anna Savva. Fiona and Nick have the life I would love. They own a sheep farm and while I know that is a lot of work, they have a slower pace of life. 

The only character I didn't really like was Sam. She's a bit too whiny and maybe kind of snobbish - it's about her designer clothes and getting her hair deep conditioned. I know it is to show her character growth through the novel to have her start at this point, but since the entire story is her "talking" to the reader (there is a smattering of dialogue) it made it difficult to get into the story. I felt like I was just being told stuff for the majority of the story instead of seeing it play out which added to the difficulty. I was actually thinking of not finishing the book pretty early on. But I wanted to give the book a fair shake and once she was in Greece I started to enjoy it, though I still found Sam annoying.

Sam does have some pretty significant character growth throughout the novel, I just kind of wish she had gotten there a bit quicker because I liked the new Sam better.

Overall, I can see this as being a good book to lay in a hammock or on a beach blanket reading this summer.

Buy Going Greek at Amazon

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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