Top positive review
Loved the way the author manages to draw pictures with words
on 26 June 2014
I await each new book in this series with a joy of expectancy and know that it will be read immediately, putting all other books to one side as I dive in to find out which person in the village I will now be introduced to in more detail.
In this book we follow Michelle, Juliette’s friend, who has come to Greece to negotiate the settlement of a claim. She feels that her position as a solicitor with her firm in London may be in jeopardy as there is talk about redundancies. On arriving in Greece, she finds that she has a weekend to explore and so goes off to visit the island Orino (as boats going to all the other islands have been cancelled because of a strike).
On the boat with her is a young man, Dino, who reminds her they met at the ouzeri when she, Juliette and Juliette’s two sons had supper. Dino and his father had joined their table to toast English universities. Dino has thrown in his job (having completed university in England) and is on his way to visit his friends on the island before going home to face his father with the news that he does not want to live in England.
If ever there was a relationship that should not work, this is it. Michelle is old enough to be Dino’s mother, but they connect. Dino takes her round the island and through him, she realises that life is not just about making enough money to keep an old house repaired. That she should be looking to her own life and what she wants to do and how she wants something more in life than the daily grind of just earning a living.
As ever, a beautiful story with believable characters, set in an idyllic village which Sara Alexi with her words,brings to life for you to see and feel the heat of the day, hear the braying of the donkeys and see the village life as it goes on around you.