Review: Those Summer Nights by Mandy Baggot

those summer nights

Date of publication: May 27th 2016

Publisher: Bookouture

Purchase: Amazon

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?

My Review:

Those Summer Nights is about Imogen, whose brother Harry had just impulsively spent all of his money to buy a dilapidated restaurant in Corfu and roped her in to help with preparation to open it because she has experience in the food industry (read: waitressing at a diner). When they arrived in Corfu, preparing to open the restaurant is not the only challenge that they will face because Panos Dimitriou, whose family owned the restaurant, is going to great length to buy it back from them.

This is a story that is brilliantly written and what I really love about Mandy Baggot is that she gives out details of the places so vividly that I want to jump into the pages and be immersed in the Greek island lifestyle that she had so lovingly created in her book. Just from reading her words, it made me feel as if I’m right there in Corfu together with Imogen, Panos and the whole crew in Halloumi, enjoying the beachfront with Greek dishes that sounded so good.

That is not the only thing I love about this book. The characters are very well-written and well-developed as well. I can definitely see how Imogen and Panos (in particular) changed and developed throughout the story. I warmed up to Imogen immediately, especially when she’s depicted as someone who is so protective of Harry despite being the younger sibling. Panos’ relationship with his grandmother Elpida is really something as she’s the yiayia that you don’t want to mess with. I also love how even though Imogen and Panos fall in love quickly (Imogen was only in Corfu for two weeks!) but the way Mandy wrote it, it’s like they took the time to really fall in love and I just love that build up because it’s so satisfying.

I would highly recommend this to those who would love to just get lost in a Greek island and just soak up all the fun in the sun.

My rating: 

Disclaimer: I received the ARC from Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange of honest views. All opinions are mine.


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