Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're welcoming Rachel's Random Resources for another tour featuring a book that will whisk you away to shores unknown for a story filled with both beauty AND the beast. Ready or not, fair readers...please welcome today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...
Aegean Sun: The Kafenion
About the book...
The Kafenion has much more to offer than just coffee and cake!
The Kafenion is undergoing its regular seasonal change from traditional coffee shop and local hangout to summertime hotspot for the massive influx of tourists who visit the Greek island each year.
The furniture has been updated, the new signs for more specific coffee types have been installed, the basic cookies have been replaced with a tempting range of cakes and desserts and a fresh coat of paint has added an optimistic glow to the place, which always attracts the many visitors who are looking for a treat.
Jane has been working on the island for a few years and finds a job in the kafenion for her friend Helen, who is hoping for some fun and romance during the summer.
Xenon and Kyriakos both make regular deliveries of fresh produce to the kafenion and they find other reasons to want to visit when Jane and Helen are around, but are they both interested in the same girl?
Georgina discovers the kafenion while searching for information from her mother’s past, but does Pericles have all the answers or will he just cause more confusion?
Visit the kafenion during a Greek summer season to see how the staff and their regulars navigate their way through complex working and romantic relationships.
This is the eleventh book of standalone reads in the Aegean Sun series.
Ideal for fans of contemporary romance writers Sandy Barker, Kate Frost and Jo Thomas
A Greek island conjures images of natural beauty, and a people in love with love...at least for me it does. We get a little of this and a little of that in this story, as the author shares family heritage, traditions, and how days may pass, but the important things remain the same. I appreciated Georgina's search to find her father, and how that hole in her heart was simply so hard to fill without something, or someone to hang on to. I cared for Jane as she struggled to find her footing in a new place, but was so happy to see her try, try again...never letting anything or anyone back her fully into a corner. The outcomes for both characters were drastically different, and yet they helped to bring this installment in the series full circle.
I'd be lax if I didn't mention that I did have a few personal issues though. First, with a particular male character and how the Greek affinity for coupling was portrayed (though those are not notions I have based on research or personal experience, mainly a distaste to my own sensitivities). Second, I was still hung up on how one relationship changed from a connection to amorous so quickly (or really, at all). I suppose in the end, whether fiction or reality, to each their own...and there are certainly brighter spots to focus on here, if one desires.
So, if you're looking to escape your own prolonged stay at home, pandemic induced or otherwise, take a chance on a trip across the waters without ever leaving your comfy reading spot!
About the author...
Stephanie Wood writes contemporary fiction in the form of novels, novellas and short stories and you can find the running order of her titles on the ‘look inside’ of any book.
She published the AEGEAN SUN series of books as a fly-on-the-wall vision of life in a Greek resort during the summer season, using her extensive experience as a holiday rep to bring some unusual incidents to life on the page. The series began as an exploration of the various ways in which tourists make the most of their holidays and how they interact with the locals while they are visiting. The later books in the series have taken a closer look at the locals themselves and show how their lives and relationships are sometimes changed by the regular influx of seasonal visitors.
The CHRISTMAS ON THE CLOSE series is set in a British suburban cul-de-sac over the festive period and visits each house individually to discover how the neighbours who live there celebrate the season in their own special way.
Stephanie lives in Lancashire where, apart from reading and writing, she loves gardening and cycling and is a huge fan of the soaps Emmerdale and Neighbours. If you would like to sign up to her newsletter list (with around four messages per year) you can do so on the contact page of her website and, as a thank you, will receive the free short story THE ZIA SUNSET EXCURSION.
Special thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!