Friday, August 19, 2016

Santorini Sunsets by: Anita Hughes

Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Romance, Chick Lit, 
Pages: 401
Format: eARC 
Source: requested by publisher via Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:
The seventh intoxicating love story by Anita Hughes, set in beautiful Santorini, Greece. When a Hollywood superstar and a NYC society girl fall in love, sparks fly and secrets are revealed.

Brigit Palmer is thrilled to be on the Greek Island of Santorini. She's here for her wedding to Hollywood heart-throb Blake Crawford, one of America's most eligible bachelors. Brigit's parents have rented a villa, and soon guests will arrive from all over the world for the intimate ceremony.

Brigit is a New York socialite, and she's just given up her position at a Manhattan law firm to run her father's philanthropic foundation. Things are finally falling into place. Love, career, family. Everything is going so well...until she steps into the garden and sees her ex-husband Nathaniel hiding in the rose bushes. 

Nathaniel, a failed novelist, announces that Blake sold the rights to the wedding to HELLO! Magazine for two million dollars (donated to charity), and he is the reporter assigned to write the story. Everyone expects Brigit to have her happily ever after, including her mother who taught her how to lead the perfect lifestyle, her younger sister Daisy who impatiently wishes for her own love story, and of course, her fiancé. Things are supposed to work out for them. But when Brigit discovers an unsettling secret about Blake, she questions everything she's ever believed about love, and wonders if she's better off alone.

Told in Anita Hughes' spectacularly descriptive prose, SANTORINI SUNSETS is a story about family bonds, first loves, and the question of when to let go and when to hang on as tight as you can.

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Santorini Sunsets was quite a disappointing read.

Brigit Palmer and her family are thrilled to be on the Greek Island of Santorini for her wedding to movie star Blake Crawford. However, when Brigit's ex-husband shows up everything that was once solid ground begins to crumble. Nathaniel, a failed novelist, is now a reporter for a gossip magazines hired to cover the wedding. 

I found myself unable to connect with the characters, get engaged with the plot, or even stay interested in the novel. Everything just seems predictable. I want to read a book where I don't know what is going to happen by the end of the novel during the first chapter. It was quite boring and tiring to continue to read this novel. 

In the end, I am disappointed because I did request this novel and thought that it would be highly entertaining but ended up being a flop. I will not be re-reading this novel any time soon. 


About The Author:

Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program. She is the author of MONARCH BEACH, MARKET STREET, LAKE COMO, FRENCH COAST, ROME IN LOVE, ISLAND IN THE SEA, SANTORINI SUNSETS and the forthcoming CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, published by St. Martin's Press.

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