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- File Size: 1194 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: HQ Digital (5 July 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071NS1SGL
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sunshine After the Rain: the perfect summer beach read for 2017! Kindle Edition
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The book starts up with Evie losing her job at an art gallery in London and after breaking up with her boyfriend, she is persuaded to go for a holiday at her boss' villa in Corfu. The description of the location in which Evie ends up is beautifully written and I found myself getting drawn into the novel and wanting to go to Corfu! It definitely is a lovely summer read.
At the beginning I found this story was a little slow and romantic interest Sam doesn't come into the story much at all until half way through. One thing that did confuse me was the relevance of Andreas, I found his whole character to be a little irritating (I know you're probably meant to, he's like the villain in this book!) but a little unbelievable. Would Evie really jump on his boat when she first met him? I'm not sure. I did find that Evie and Sam's romance story did get a little rushed towards the end but I did enjoy reading about the dates they went on.
Overall, still a really nice summer read with beautiful descriptions of sunny Corfu.
Evie had been keen on making a career for herself as an artist until a terrible review not only knocked her confidence but also had her running from her home in Cornwall to work in a London Art Gallery. There the pressures of work, commuting and her disastrous relationship with her long term boyfriend all drain her creativity - she has an all work and no play life with no time for her own art. Well, that is until she organises the latest exhibition for a pop idol who wants to be an artist and is duped into having, as the centre piece, a fantastic painting that is actually by someone else! The irate artist demands she be sacked and she resigns.
That’s when a friend suggests she goes to stay in Corfu and she actually starts to live again - and to paint, after being inspired and challenged to do so by the Gallery’s owner, Sam Bradbury, who turns up supposedly to check she's okay. Not only is the scenery brought to life, but so are the people and atmosphere - it feels like you could just pop out to meet so many of them! Get ready for a story about expectations of parents, ambitions of offspring, unexpected outcomes to well intended actions, brilliant characters and a plot with so many twists and turns, you too could get lost in the countryside!
This is a delightful, fun, slow and steady paced but engaging story in a setting that is brought to life in the pages of the story that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is an emotive journey by both main characters and develops into a delightful romance. Definitely another winner by this author and one that I have no hesitation in highly recommending!
I requested and was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
Workaholic Evie has had enough. After being blamed for a disaster that had nothing to do with her. Evie gives up her job and flees to Cyprus. In the hopes of lying low and restoring her soul. Finding the scenery picture perfect. Evie proves that it is never too late to live your dreams. Amongst painting the beautiful island Evie meets the handsome Sam. Romance is far from Evie's mind but she cannot let the chance encounter with Sam go forgotten about. Will Cyprus and Sam be the antidote Evie had been looking for?
What struck me most about Sunshine After The Rain were the descriptions of Corfu, which really brought the scenery alive for me. I laughed out loud when I realised I was approaching a scene that included not only a flirty, good looking Greek man, but also boat - although that may just be my love of Shirley Valentine reaching out!
Then there were the descriptions of various ends of the colour spectrum when discussing painting and watercolours. I could see the various shades of blue so clearly, and just wished I was in Corfu alongside Evie to be able to see the landscapes for myself.
Three things drew me towards this book initially - the bright vibrant cover, the author Daisy James, whose books I always tend to enjoy, and the setting of Corfu. Yet the first few chapters which really set up exactly why Evie goes to Greece, and that set the tone for the book, really drew me in, and I was enjoying them a lot, which only heightened once we get to the sun drenched shores of Corfu.
The story was easy to follow and I just love this authors writing ability, and the way she can draw me into the story and see everything so vividly in my minds eye. Oh and Sam Bradbury's character may have had a lot do with some my enjoyment too, especially a scene with pool, no one around and very little clothing! In fact Sam generally was great, he encourages Evie to try to get over her artistic block, and also acts as a partial tour guide to parts of Corfu that are slightly off the beaten track.
I thoroughly enjoyed Sunshine After The Rain and I'm already looking forward to reading the next book written by Daisy James.
Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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