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May 17, 2022

What Happens in Greece by Sue Roberts ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

Buying a rundown cottage in Greece. A crazy, wine-fuelled idea, or the best decision she’s ever made?

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book cover of summer beach read What Happens in Greece by Sue Roberts
May 2022; Bookouture; 978-1803141848
audio, ebook, print (270 pages); women's fiction

Jamie and Charlotte (Charlie) lived in Chester England.  They are a long-term couple who plan to marry once they buy a house.  One of their favorite holiday spots is in Crete where it seems like the sun is always shining, unlike rainy England.  While she is checking the homes for sale in their town, Charlie looks at houses for sale in Crete and finds one that she knows they can afford.  When she mentions moving to Jamie, he is all for the idea.   When they look at the house, they fall in love with it.  Despite the work that will need to be done, there is a large garden and an olive grove.  They pack up and move to Crete and get to work.  The people who live in their small town are all very friendly and go out of their way to help them.  After several months of hard work, the house is done and Jamie admits that he misses England and wants to return.  Charlie knows that this home is where she belongs so he returns to England and she remains by herself.  The friendly people in Chania make sure that she isn't lonely for too long and make her part of their town.  Will Charlie be able to stay in Crete and make it her new 'forever' home or will she return to England and bury her dreams?

This is a book full of fun and friendship.  There are also some laughs provided by Charlie's 'talks' with the goat that hangs around her house.  Chania and the surrounding towns are well described - the sun-drenched days and the beautiful trees and flowers make you feel like you're there.  Charlie used to have a bakery in England and decides to open one in her new town.  The food descriptions are wonderful and you can almost smell the bread baking.

This was a fun book to read.  Charlie was brave to decide to stay in her new 'forever' home when Jamie left and make a life for herself.  I think for the first time she realizes that she can handle life on her own -- along with a little help from her friends.

This is my first book by this author and I see that she's written other books about Greece and Italy that look interesting so I plan to give them a try.  I need some mental vacations after several years of being stuck at home.  In my opinion, this book would be a perfect read while you are laying in the sun at the beach and want something light to read.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.

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