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Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes Book Review

Santorini Sunsets
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. 

Santorini Sunsets intrigued me from the start. It’s always so fascinating reading about the latest celebrity weddings and socialites so I was especially excited to read a story about a girl who’s marrying the latest Hollywood heartthrob. While the main character, Brigit, wasn’t my favorite, the imagery used to describe Santorini was beautiful and I loved how real certain aspects of the romance were.

The story starts out with Brigit preparing to marry Blake, when she ends up being joined by her ex husband whose writing a story about the wedding. I liked Blake and did enjoy the background of how he had met Brigit. However, there were certain things that kept me from entirely loving him. I feel like he was great in a superficial sense, but not too much beyond that. However, with the appearance of Brigit’s ex-husband, Brigit had other things to consider, especially regarding why their marriage didn’t work out. The realism relating to that situation and how things were handled was done very well. I really liked Nathaniel. He was so sweet and I especially enjoyed the flashbacks to their relationship growing up. Both him and Brigit had made mistakes in their relationship and it was refreshing seeming both come to terms with that. 

The way the author described Santorini was absolutely gorgeous! It’s a place I definitely plan to visit one day after reading this novel. The way the scenery was described made me feel more immersed in the story and definitely added another layer to the novel.

One thing I wasn’t the biggest fan of was the use of third person. I understand why it was used in this case, as there were a few times when different perspectives besides the main character’s were used, but I would have preferred first person. I feel like it would have brought me closer with Brigit and more able to relate to her. She still was an okay character, just one whose story I feel would have been better told in first person.

Overall, I’d give Santorini Sunsets 3.5 out of 5 flowers. The imagery was beautiful, the story was real, but I do feel some characters shone more than others. I would recommend Santorini Sunsets to anyone who loves books set in other countries or enjoy romances that feel more real! 

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I totally agree with you re: the setting! Loved it! But I did feel like the romance was weird/off and so were some of the characters.

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