Hollywood actress Shauna Jackson left the Greek island of Ithos twenty years ago and thought she would never return. Reeling from a scandal that has tarnished her success, she is drawn back to the beautiful olive groves and endless azure skies – and to the secrets she has tried hard to forget.
Looking down from his hilltop villa, enigmatic tycoon Demetrios Theodosis knows he can’t change the past, and looks to the future through his tempestuous daughter Ariana, but in trying to tame her free spirit, is he driving her further away?
Set against bleached white houses bounded by a sapphire sea, a yearning for the truth will compel them both to confront their shared past, and take them back to a distant summer that seemed to hold so much promise…
What I Thought:
I’m thrilled today to be closing out the blog tour for Carol Kirkwood’s debut novel, Under a Greek Moon.
I was immediately drawn into this book as it reminded me of those epic romantic fiction books of my formative years – Danielle Steel and Barbara Taylor Bradford were my go-to books to borrow from the library (telling the librarian that they were for my mum!) and this book gave me the same feel and brought back some really happy memories. In fact, I vividly remember reading Danielle Steel’s ‘Star’ while on holiday in Greece!
What helped very much in that feel was that the sections of Shauna’s early life were set in 1982, allowing Carol Kirkwood to draw on a rich seam of classic Hollywood celebrities and old-school glamour. I especially loved Shauna’s fascination with Grace Kelly – which I can well understand – and it was great to see her in cameo in this book.
Although Shauna’s earlier days were a great mix of exotic locations and romance, the parts I enjoyed most were where we follow Shauna as she tries to rebuild a life after a devastating scandal implodes it. This is a much more self-assured woman who is facing up to new and old demons and looking towards what comes next for her. I liked her very much.
This is a really excellent book – especially so considering it is a debut novel – and perfect holiday reading this summer. If you can’t physically travel to Greece, then just let this book paint a vivid picture of the magical island of Ithos for you!
Under a Greek Moon is published by HarperCollins.
About the Author:
Carol Kirkwood is one of the BBC’s most loved TV presenters, best known for presenting the weather. She lights up viewers’ homes every day, appearing on programmes such as BBC Breakfast, Strictly Come Dancing, Wimbledon Tennis Fortnight, and Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 Breakfast Show.
She is hugely popular with fans and Carol frequently trends on Twitter. Beyond the television screen, she can often be found ensconced in a book, singing, dancing, and driving fast cars.
This post is part of a tour celebrating the publication of Under a Greek Moon – why not check out some of the other reviews and exclusive content on the blogs below?
Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.