The Summer Escape

The Summer Escape Amongst the beautiful olive groves and sea front tavernas summer has arrived on the sun drenched island of Crete After losing the love of her life Ria s life has been on hold So when her boss become

  • Title: The Summer Escape
  • Author: Lily Graham Lily Rose Graham
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Amongst the beautiful olive groves and sea front tavernas, summer has arrived on the sun drenched island of Crete After losing the love of her life, Ria s life has been on hold So when her boss becomes completely unbearable she makes the snap decision to run away to the Greek island of Crete, armed only with her passport When Ria finds herself working for eccentric noveAmongst the beautiful olive groves and sea front tavernas, summer has arrived on the sun drenched island of Crete After losing the love of her life, Ria s life has been on hold So when her boss becomes completely unbearable she makes the snap decision to run away to the Greek island of Crete, armed only with her passport When Ria finds herself working for eccentric novelist Caroline, she meets handsome vineyard owner Tom He s charming, mysterious and Ria starts to wonder if it s not just the beautiful Greek island that she s falling for But as Ria gets to know Tom better, she uncovers a tangled web of secrets What is he hiding Ria has some secrets of her own Can she open up to Tom and learn to live again This summer, escape to the sun with this charming and emotional story about starting over and grabbing happiness with both hands Note Previously published as An Invincible Summer This is a new extended version

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    1. This is an extremely moving story of recovery from grief, a second chance at life, striving to find the truth and daring to leave everything to enable you to make a fresh start.After the deaths of two people who Ria loved she’s struggling to cope with the grief - and her job as an obituary writer just isn’t helping! Nor is the pressure being put on her by her boss for Ria to agree to be interviewed for an article in the paper about her losses. When it gets to be just too much she accidentall [...]

    2. In the past two years Ria has suffered two life changing losses which she is struggling to move on from, a situation not helped by her job as an obituary writer for a newspaper. Steeped in death, she has forgotten how to live until the day when, instead of going to work, she breaks her commute at Heathrow Airport and on the spur of the moment jets off to Crete. Crete is the obvious choice for Ria; she is half Greek and has grown up listening to her grandmother’s stories of the Cretan way of li [...]

    3. Excellent feel-good book set in my favourite location. This book certainly makes you long for the sights and sounds of Greece and Crete in particular - the descriptions of food and drink are very moreish. Add to that some fantastic characters-Caroline especially I loved as she's just brilliant - and a dash of romance and you have a fantastic summer read.Just a couple of picky points. I didn't really like the way that Yaya's accent was transcribed into English as from a personal point of view I w [...]

    4. 3.5Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.I enjoyed this book a lot. The atmosphere on Crete is captured in a really great way. I have never been there but there was everything in front of me. I also liked the vineyard setting, that gave the story a special touch. The setting was definitely a highlight for me. The suspense bit of the story was also an interesting touch.It took a while until I got warm with the characters but I liked how the story develope [...]

    5. Where do I begin - a heartwarming summer read. I was puled into the story from the heartbreaking beginning to the happily ever after ending.Ria was doing her best to make it through each day after the accident obituary at a time. How on earth she could right those day in and day is beyond me. The description of her boss is priceless yet so true - The Devil Wears Birkenstock's - LOVE IT! After dealing with that woman day in and day out, Ria had enough.Then she ends up at the airport. How did she [...]

    6. Booktrail the locations here Come to Crete with the Summer EscapeA real summer escape – from the very moment you arrive in Crete, there is a sense of Crete and the excitement that you will want to step on a plane yourself and quick.A really nice romantic read but there is a good little mystery in there too. How and why did the fire happen and will Tom manage to get the place on its feet again. The very idea that someone would grab their passport and run off to distant climes is very admirable [...]

    7. Ahh I loved this book! A perfect combination of pure Greek delight, tragedy and mystery. The writing effortlessly transports you to the Greek island of Crete with all its flavours and fragrance and makes you feel like you've really just been there. There's a "life after loss" element that is uplifting about this book as well as a good mystery to unravel and solve, all of which keep you gripped throughout.Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for this advanced copy to review.

    8. The summer escape by lily graham.After losing the love of her life, Ria’s life has been on hold. So when her boss becomes completely unbearable she makes the snap decision to run away to the Greek island of Crete, armed only with her passport. When Ria finds herself working for eccentric novelist Caroline, she meets handsome vineyard owner Tom. He’s charming, mysterious and Ria starts to wonder if it’s not just the beautiful Greek island that she’s falling for. But as Ria gets to [...]

    9. What a charming book, with its excellent storyline, characters and above all sunny location of Crete. There is a mystery at the heart of the story, but yet I wouldn't define it as a mystery book, just as a romantic comedy, with a side helping of intrigue, and a very brave main character. It takes guts, or for you to be at the end of your tether, to one day instead of going into work, finding yourself at Heathrow airport with just your passport and handbag (and its a fluke that Ria even had the p [...]

    10. I totally fell in love with the Greek village and loved Lily's description"The honey coloured town is like something out of the Cotswolds, with it's picture postcard quaintness, little shops and cobble lane paths." It sounds so idyllic and I wanted to be there sitting outside one of the cafes trying some Greek coffee.Ria has suffered personal tragedy and after losing her Greek Grandma, one day she decides that she is going to catch a flight rather than go into work as the obituary writer for the [...]

    11. This book instantly appealed to me because it is one of the many stories which come out at this time of year which are easy to read. However, this story had so much more to offer than the usual summer time reads I have encountered over the years.I loved the way Ria found herself on the island of Crete. To be able to walk away from everything you know, without even a backward glance takes guts. Ria takes herself on a journey which is an open ended surprise from start to finish.The people Ria meet [...]

    12. I enjoyed this book, found certain coincidences to be a bit beyond belief but it is fiction after all. There was quite a lot of drama going on and I did't really believe the whole Ria and Tom romance too much as if he really loved her and after she explained what had happened to her ex, how could he think she was just a selfish journalist. The ending was also a bit rushed as well I felt.

    13. I really enjoyed this book was a little predictable(I guessed who done it pretty much from the start)bt I still loved th storye different characters that you got to knowey seemed so realrticularly wld of loved to meet Caroline and Nigel.have been to Chania once bt now have an urge to go back again!would highly recommend this book.

    14. Good readI wasn't sure I was going to like this book as I read the first couple of chapters. As it turns out I had a hard time putting it down. Loved the descriptions of the area. Really made me want to visit Crete. The characters were fun, not too deep. Great summer beach read.

    15. This is becoming a habit of mine. ‘What is?’ I hear you ask, leaning forward on the edge of your seats waiting patiently for my words…….Sorry, I went on holiday, to Crete for approximately six hours. Well, it only took me six hours to read! Back to my habit. This was yet another book I judged by its cover. Sorry!! I hadn’t read the blurb before I began to read it, I just spotted the cover and the author on Twitter and went to read it for a review. Simple as that. Thank you to Netgalley [...]

    16. Ria has been struggling in her life ever since two of her favourite people passed away; her husband-to-be was tragically killed on their wedding day and then a few years later her soul-mate, the person who understood her more than anyone else, her Greek grandmother. She is in the doldrums at work where she writes obituaries and her boss is a real pain, so, one summer’s morning, late for work again and caught up in a backlog of traffic, she makes a snap decision to return to her grandmother’s [...]

    17. Never thought that I would like this story so much, that I really really really wish LILY GRAHAM to write a sequel to this amazing story. It's the story of a woman who travels to Crete, Greece to escape from her painful past and how her life changes afterwards.WHAT I LIKED:1) The writing is breathtaking with vivid descriptions of Crete and of the miles-long vineyards, author's narration of varieties of wine and the local food will salivate your mouth and together with the plot and lovely charact [...]

    18. The Summer Escape, by Lily Graham, is the story of journalist Ria Laburinthos. Well, not actually a journalist, but an obituary writer. She felt that, perhaps, she was well suited to this position due to the losses she had suffered in the past few years. But when her editor demanded that she be interviewed for a feature called when the best day of your life becomes the worst, something in her snaps.Instead of reporting for the interview as ordered, Ria finds herself on a plane headed to Crete, h [...]

    19. It is quite challenging to label this book under a certain genre: for me, it can be romance, investigative journalism, mystery and self-help at the same time. Everything written with a savorous humorous style. Couldn't resist the temptation to read it right now, isn't it?Obituary writer Ria is coping with a no-future job she does not enjoy and, in addition, that reminds her every day of her grief for loss of her husband-to-be Christopher two years ago, and more recently of her beloved Greek gran [...]

    20. Lily Rose Graham’s writing is full of lush descriptions and heady scents of the Cretan countryside that linger on, long after the text is finished.Ria Laburinthos, a grieving obituary writer who is unhappy in her job, her life, and with the person she has become, finds herself on a plane to Crete. She rationalizes that a few weeks away under the Cretan sun and by the ocean will do her good, but a mystery surrounding Elysium, a local vineyard, as well as its dashing owner, Tom [a man, I too, wo [...]

    21. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for this advance copy in return for an honest review.We meet Ria who writes obituaries for a living. Doing this while still grieving for two people who meant everything to here is very hard, and one day Ria goes to the airport instead of going to work and books herself on a flight to her native Crete. She has no idea why, or what she will do but she needs to get away. Once in Crete, she finds herself a job working as a writer's assistant for Caroline, a [...]

    22. An absorbing, intelligent, and intriguing romantic mystery with a strong message about coming out of tragedy and re-finding yourself.Ria, having lost her fiance and her enthusiasm for her job, snaps and jumps on a plane to Crete, which turns out to be just the ticket (pun intended). Working for the glamorous Caroline and as a free-lance journalist for a local paper, she is drawn to a local vineyard owner, Tom, and his own tragic story. But does she really want to know the truth about the shadows [...]

    23. What a lovely book this is. It's coincidentally the second book set in Crete that I've read in the last month though their themes are substantially different. The half Greek girl Ariadne (Ria), after suffering a tragic loss, finds herself relegated to writing obituaries on the paper she works for. She throws it all up to go to Crete, finds a job and realised she's been wasting her life. She hears the story of a local family tragedy and the rebuilding of a ruined vineyard. She's drawn to Tom who' [...]

    24. What a truly wonderful feel-good book!!I was drawn to this book as it was set in Crete, somewhere I've visited before and loved. From the first page this book draws you in and you really develop a bond with Ria. The characters in this book are fantastic and you find yourself wanting to keep turning the pages to find out how the story progresses. I started this book on my train journey to London and by the time I arrived I was half way through. It's such a wonderful and easy read and puts you in [...]

    25. Am loving all these summery reads at the moment! Lily's book is literally an escape to Crete and the descriptions had me looking up holidays there!Ria is half greek, and after a particularly stressful day brought about by her unsympathetic boss, she jumps on a plane to Crete. The book follows her story as she gradually unwinds, finds a job and meets the locals - both English and Greek.I loved the story and mystery surrounding the vineyard and Tom's cautious advances. Caroline was a great charact [...]

    26. This is a review for the kindle edition. I loved this book and didn't want it to end. Ria writes an obituary column for a newspaper. Her life has been unbelievably sad since the death of her fiancé, two years ago. Then the death of her Yaya (grandmother), two months ago. Ria is half Greek. One day she gets on a plane to Crete with no luggage and no plans, she just has to escape. Ria almost instantly feels calmer and happier. She manages to make new friends and even gets a job with Caroline, a n [...]

    27. Ria is an obituary writer but she has had some grief of her own - the death of her Greek grandmother. So when things get too much for her at work (and life in general) she jumps on a plane to Crete.With no bookings or plans she soon finds a room to rent and then a job - Caroline is looking for help with writing her memoirs and who better for the job than Ria! Throw the gorgeous vineyard owner Tom into the mix and the mystery surrounding him and we have the setting for a great storyI loved the de [...]

    28. A wonderful feel good holiday read by Lily Graham, beautifully written I could almost smell the aromatic herbs that grow so freely. Ria finds herself "accidentally" on a plane to Crete after taking a wrong exit on the motorway on her way to work. She arrives at the airport and something deep inside tells her to go. When she arrives she realises her recently deceased grandmother (Yama) would have encouraged her escape. What will Crete offer her that home doesn't? Ria quickly finds herself work as [...]

    29. At the moment all I can say is wow read it in one day I just didn't want to put it down. The authors writing style is so rich and descriptive it brought the people and scenery of the Chania lifestyle and surroundings alive.Heartwarming and in parts also heartbreaking. A story that will stay in my heart.I have also enjoyed The Postcard (novella by this author) and look forward to reading more from Lily Rose Graham in the future if these two books are anything to go by you have a long writing care [...]

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