Paperback and e-book, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 2nd 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin
The seventh intoxicating love story by Anita Hughes, set in beautiful Santorini, Greece. When a Hollywood superstar and a NYC society girl fall in love, sparks fly and secrets are revealed.
Brigit Palmer is thrilled to be on the Greek Island of Santorini. She's here for her wedding to Hollywood heart-throb Blake Crawford, one of America's most eligible bachelors. Brigit's parents have rented a villa, and soon guests will arrive from all over the world for the intimate ceremony.
Brigit is a New York socialite, and she's just given up her position at a Manhattan law firm to run her father's philanthropic foundation. Things are finally falling into place. Love, career, family. Everything is going so well...until she steps into the garden and sees her ex-husband Nathaniel hiding in the rose bushes.
Nathaniel, a failed novelist, announces that Blake sold the rights to the wedding to HELLO! Magazine for two million dollars (donated to charity), and he is the reporter assigned to write the story. Everyone expects Brigit to have her happily ever after, including her mother who taught her how to lead the perfect lifestyle, her younger sister Daisy who impatiently wishes for her own love story, and of course, her fiancé. Things are supposed to work out for them. But when Brigit discovers an unsettling secret about Blake, she questions everything she's ever believed about love, and wonders if she's better off alone.
Told in Anita Hughes' spectacularly descriptive prose, Santorini Sunsets is a story about family bonds, first loves, and the question of when to let go and when to hang on as tight as you can.
My thoughts about Santorini Sunsets ~~
(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)
First line—'Brigit walked down the circular staircase and glanced around the living room of the villa. Every surface—the antique grand piano, the mahogany coffee table, even the pastel-colored love seats—was covered with wedding presents.'
Brigit is sure that she knows what she wants. And then she discovers that people are not what they first appeared to be. She just wants to be happy and loved but did she throw her one chance at true happiness and love away all those years ago? Can she find it again with Blake? Or is he the problem?
I loved my little trip to Santorini and I enjoyed living the high life with Brigit and her fiancé, Blake, even if it was only in my head. Santorini Sunsets is the first Anita Hughes book that I have read and I enjoyed her writing style and her descriptive passages. I really felt like I was there in the Greek Islands with the family and the wedding party. Such a beautiful story in so many ways!
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the author
She received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Bard College, and attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program.
Her debut novel Monarch Beach was released in June 2012, followed by Market Street and Lake Como in 2013. French Coast and Rome in Love were released in 2015.
Island in the Sea was released in April 2016 and Santorini Sunsets will be released in August 2016.
She lives in Dana Point, CA with her family, where she interrupts her writing to watch the glorious sunsets.
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