Delighted to be taking part on the blog tour today for A Greek Affair by Linn B. Halton, bringing a little summer sunshine to these chilly January days. My thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour and to the author and publisher for my copy of the book via NetGalley, which I have reviewed honestly.
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More than just a holiday romance?
Her daughter, her job and divorcing her untrustworthy ex are Leah’s main priorities. She isn’t really bothered that her life might be missing a few things. But after winning a prestigious travel blogger award, she’s inundated with offers to review glamorous holiday destinations. Lying around drinking exotic cocktails and being paid for it! What could be better?
Perhaps a romantic trip to idyllic Greece to find the one man who might make Leah risk her heart again…
So, in these grey, dreary, post-Christmas days of January, when the glitter and sparkle of the Christmas decorations are a dim memory and we are waiting for the plop of the credit card bills on the mat, our thoughts inevitably turn with longing to the hot, sunny days and relaxed, scented evenings of our summer holidays. Or is that just me?
This is the first year for the last five when January holiday planning hasn’t meant organising and selling them to other people, so instead I am indulging my daydreams through reading and my first book set in in warmer climes has been A Greek Affair by Linn B. Halton, and it has been the perfect one to cheer up these early days of the new year which can often feel a little flat and depressing.
Linn is whisking us off, firstly on a cruise in the Med, and then to the ancient and imposing city of Athens with the heroine of her new book, Leah, a struggling single mother still dealing with the fallout of being abandoned by her husband and trying her best to make a good life for her daughter, Rosie. She is single-minded and focused on her goals until fate (or is it the Greek gods) throw not one, but two, handsome men in to her path!
This book was everything you would expect from a novel with travel as a central theme and I really enjoyed the blogger angle, which I am surprised has not featured in more recent books (maybe I’m just reading the wrong books) but actually, the book goes far beyond a superficial, holiday romance story.
As a single parent myself, this book tackles some real emotional truths about the hardships of that condition in an honest but sensitive way and I was totally in tune and sympathetic with what Leah was going through in this book. Trying to balance the needs of young children with the emotional demands of your own life is a very tricky path to navigate, and one which more and more women will be able to relate to in modern times, and Linn has dealt with it with a real depth of understanding and sensitivity which was a pleasure to read.
There is a lot to enjoy in this book. The characters are all wonderfully drawn – I particularly loved Leah’s parents and Harrison, and the exotic settings are brought to life in such a way to satisfy the pickiest armchair traveller. Beware though, her descriptions will give you a serious craving for Greek food! I am still thinking about the saganaki as I type this. However, the real standout aspect of this book for me is the personal struggle of Leah in balancing her own needs with that of her child and the honest portrayal of this dilemma raises this book above the level of simple beach read.
Highly recommended for those needing a little sunshine in their lives, coupled with an involving, emotional story.
A Greek Affair is out now in ebook format and in paperback on 9 March. Order your copy here.
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About the Author
From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’
Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.
Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.
Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.
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Twitter: @LucyColemanAuth and @linnbhalton