Review by Gabrielle

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“They stared at each other for a moment, neither of them dropping their gaze. Harlow was pretty certain they were thinking the same thing. Adonis made the move this time, leaning in for a kiss, his hand leaving hers and finding her waist, gently caressing her sides as she kissed him back.”

The Greek island of Skopelos will steal your heart in this fun read from Kate Frost.

When Harlow Sands arrives on an idyllic Greek island to work on a big budget movie, it should be the opportunity of a lifetime. But her uncertainty over the direction of her life and the high expectations of Maeve Fennimore-Bell, her domineering Hollywood producer mum, threatens to ruin her summer on beautiful Skopelos.

Location manager Tyler Reed has his fair share of demons. His and Harlow’s lives have been entwined for over a decade and now forced to work together, their complicated past begins to unravel.

Harlow is desperate to break free and make her own way in the world, but with a fractured family, a long-hidden secret and a need to belong, can her happy-ever-after be found during one Greek summer?

My “escape book” streak continues! This time we find ourselves in the gorgeous Greek islands, a top contender on my list for a vacation. The island of Skopelos might not be a name you are familiar with, but you would recognize it as the backdrop of popular movie Mama Mia. Kate’s descriptions of the setting did not disappoint. From the beaches to the interior, she really captures the jaw-dropping location so well. And the food! I felt my mouth watering at the descriptions of the sumptuous dishes.

Harlow is a likeable main character. She’s smart and hardworking and I found it easy to cheer for her. There are actually lots of great characters in the book and Kate does a great job of developing each of them. I especially loved Harlow’s dad, Derek. Watching their warm, father-daughter dynamic was touching. 

I appreciated the extra tension built by creating two potential love interests for Harlow. Her old “friends with benefits” Tyler and Adonis, who runs the olive grove where they are filming some scenes for the movie. There is a bit of mystery created in that you know that Tyler and Harlow have a complicated past, but it doesn’t get explained until later in the book. It creates an intriguing effect where you don’t really know which way Harlow will go in the end. I will admit, I was team Adonis all the way. Talk about a dreamy book boyfriend! 

One Greek Summer is a worthwhile read with a gorgeous setting and great characters.

Thank you, Boldwood Books and Rachel’s Random Resources for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.