If there’s a book worth reading this summer, it’s this one. Beautifully visual and descriptive it talks about Zakynthos in Greece like it’s the salt of the Earth. As a lover of both books and travelling this novel ticked all the boxes for me.
When Holly arrives on the Greek Island to a house she’s never been to that belonged to an aunt she never met she feels like she is living in a nightmare. Overnight Holly’s life changes from the life she has made for herself in London, to one of secrets, discoveries and becoming who she really is.
With the help of Aidan, her gorgeous neighbour and her other new found friends Holly begins to piece the missing parts of her life together. Parts of this story will have you laughing and other parts will leave you heartbroken as we follow Holly on her voyage of discovery with the help of a man made map through this idyllic island of Greece.
The Blue Caves on the island of Kastellorizo and Marathonissi – known locally as Turtle Island, as well as Navagio Beach, known as shipwreck cove to name just a few places mentioned in the book. My favourite places being Lithakia and Kalamaki beach which is famous for being the nesting place of the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle.
There is extreme tragedy and heartbreak throughout this book but all the while your just wishing for holly to be true to herself and find the peace that she needs. But there is also soul searching, friendship, intrigue and escapism, that keeps you hooked page after page. Isabelle broom deserves a round of applause for writing this gem of a novel. As well as giving me sleepless nights and goose bumps it also helped me find my Wanderlust again. For this I thank you.
Big thanks to Francesca at Penguin Random House and Isabelle Broom for giving me my very own copy prior to publication in return for an honest review.
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