Saturday 11 April 2020

~*BLOG TOUR*~ My Greek Island Summer by Mandy Baggot


Title: My Greek Island Summer
Author: Mandy Baggot
Genre: Rom-Com
Pub. Date: April 2, 2020
Publisher: Aria
Hosted: Head of Zeus

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Blurb ↓
Two weeks. One unforgettable trip to Corfu. A chance to change her life.

Becky Rose has just landed her dream job house-sitting at a top-end villa on the island of Corfu. What could be better than two weeks laying by an infinity pool overlooking the gorgeous Ionian waters while mending her broken heart.
Elias Mardas is travelling back to Corfu on business whilst dealing with his own personal demons. Late arriving in Athens, Becky and Elias have to spend a night in the Greek capital. When they have to emergency land in Kefalonia, Becky's got to decide whether to suck up the adventure and this gorgeous companion she seems to have been thrown together with or panic about when she's going to arrive at Corfu...

Finally reaching the beautiful island, Becky is happy to put Elias behind her and get on with her adventure. Until he turns up at the villa...

Becky plucked at the herbs with much more force than was needed. This was anger management courtesy of horticulture. Plus, the longer she stayed out in the garden, the more chance there was that Megan would disappear to get on with the managerial stuff Becky couldn’t possibly comprehend. Or maybe her sister would be swanning into Salisbury and mooching around the city centre looking at floaty kaftans and slinky bikinis for whatever dream destination Dean had booked that wasn’t Blackpool. Wherever it was he’d probably got a dodgy discount somehow…
Pulling at the mint plant, Becky looked down into the basket she was holding. She’d harvested too many already. If she carried on furiously ripping the plants up, they’d end up with nothing left. And she shouldn’t let her mini allotment suffer just because Megan had turned into a megalomaniac. But the way her sister had been, it was like time had rewound and they were aged ten and eight, sparring over who had done Barbie’s hair better.
The sun at her back, Becky dropped down into the red and white striped deckchair that used to belong to her dad. He’d always sat back and relaxed in it at home after a hard afternoon’s gardening. That’s one of the reasons why Becky loved that she had created the vegetables and herbs here. All her father’s knowledge on what grows best and how to tend young plants had been imparted so gently to a little girl keen to impress. And she had made sure none of it had gone to waste. Becky was only sad that her dad never got to see it. He would have loved this small corner of greenery she’d made. Even in the nursing home, when he was unable to speak, he had shown visual pleasure at the plants Becky had brought in to him. The doctors had said it was so important to keep all his senses stimulated to try and reawaken the parts of his brain that hadn’t been permanently damaged. He’d smelled the herbs and touched their leaves and Becky had seen how much it had meant by the wobbly-lipped smile on his face.
Putting her fingers to her nose now, she inhaled the combined scents of mint, chive and basil. Scents of summer. Fresh, pure and simple, yet all incredible flavour-enhancers. And that was where the finesse lay. While their competitors offered the usual sandwich flavours – cheese and spring onion, ham and mustard, egg and cress, chicken and mayo – Becky experimented. Somehow, she inherently knew what herbs, spices and vegetables to pair with each filling to make the It’s A Wrap flavours completely unique. When things had got tough with the bottom line, Becky had delivered their produce complete with a sample tray of her own creations, changing up ordinary lunch purchases and making each midday meal something to remember.
Jean Shering from the tyre factory’s usual tuna mayo was pepped up with home-grown watercress. Adrian from the opticians liked pulled pork with asparagus. And Sally from the swimming pool ordered two cheese, pear and mustard bagels every single day. Often on Becky’s delivery days, her customers would make culinary suggestions to her and she was always back with a mini sample for them to try on her next visit. Sometimes customer ideas worked – grated carrot, humous and chive – and sometimes they didn’t – avocado, raisins and horseradish. So, she may not be management material, but she was top of the tree when it came to customer satisfaction. Not that she would ever get any praise from Megan for going the extra mile. Because Megan didn’t know…

Author Bio ↓

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK's Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy's books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1's Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

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