VINE VOICETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 9 December 2011
At the time of downloading this, I simply went by the amazon blurb, so when God started to be brought into the tale, I began to suspect that this was a story by a Christian author, which it in fact turned out to be. That fact didn't spoil the tale, as the utterances of God and things connected to God weren't heavy-hitting or that frequent, but still, this was made out to be a teen-lovers-reunited kind of romance...which was a tad misleading.
However, I presisted with it, as by the time that things-Godly had made several appearances, I was actually into the tale, which wasn't funny on the scale of MBFGW, but which did seem to depict Greek families pretty accurately. I'm not Greek myself (I'm of Asian descent=not that dissimilar re family stuff!), but know several Greek families and live close to Palmers Green, N London, which is locally known as Palmers Greek, so yes, this tale was pretty authentic.
It is sweet and you know from the very beginning that the leads will get their HEA (she went away to college/uni and he joined the Air Force, but home is still home), but it did ring a tad unrealistic in that this day and age, both stayed that (kind of boringly) true to each other, even though they hadn't done the 'big declaration of love' thing before they parted. It kind of felt as if their 4 years apart had been a bit of an 'in limbo' period for them, which is strange, especially so in modern Greek families, but that was probably due to the Faith aspect of the tale. Still, it was sweet that they were so transparent, that they didn't play power games with each other over who left who, and the love, planning, plotting, colluding and hope that his family brought to the tale was warm and highly feel-good. However, perversely, I was kind of hoping that Nick would be the stereotypical Greek male from romance novels, i.e. a touch arrogant, lord of all he surveys, tall, dark and handsome, and a little un-PC, as the version in this tale was a tad...wet, but not in a nasty way, just a bit too goody-goody to be believable...
In truth, though, this really would have 'acted out' better visually, like MBFGW, which I found pretty hilarious, and which remains a gem years later, even though the looks are dated, but it was still readable.
There is a lot of mention of yummy Greek foods in this tale, and it was nice to find several recipes at the end....though you might want to avoid the obligatory Christian Question Time at the very end - I did.