Thursday, 10 September 2015

The Beachside Guest House

When Rosa and Bee get together in the run-up to Bee's wedding, they reminisce about the holiday they took together as teenagers to the beautiful Greek island of Paros. They remember the sandy coves, the guest house in the converted windmill where they stayed with their friend Iona, and the gorgeous local men. As memories of that long-forgotten holiday resurface, they are forced to confront the turns their lives have taken - and the guilt they both feel about letting Iona slip away from them. 

When they learn that the windmill guest house is going bust they form a plan: why not go back to the island and take it over themselves? And so begins a life-changing journey - because it turns out that opening a guest house and reliving their teenage dreams isn't that easy . .

Feeling poorly and looking out the window at rain isn't how I expected the last bank holiday to be so I decided to curl up and have a holiday from my bed with Vanessa Greene whisking me off to the Greek island of Paros in her latest release The Beachside Guest House.

Rosa and Bee have reached a point in their lives where they need a new start so when they see the Windmill on Paros is up for sale Rosa is keen to revisit the place where the girls spent a wonderful holiday together with fond memories and so she decides to buy the Windmill and with Bee's help get the guest house up and running again, but there is someone missing, Iona the third wheel in their friendship. 

This is a wonderful uplifting light read that focuses on a strong friendship between the three girls Bee, Rosa and Iona. Each of the girls are facing a trying time in their lives and yet they can all rely on each other and their strong bond to try and help each other through. I loved each of the girls equally which is unusual for a group of three girls and I found their friendship was very believable and natural.

The storyline surrounding Iona is definitely one that had my back up and it was hard to watch her lose confidence and see how vulnerable she was around such a vile manipulative man and so her storyline was really touching.

There are no hidden twists and turns it was just simply an uplifting, fast paced read that I read in one sitting. The descriptive writing that Vanessa Greene uses creates an idyllic setting really makes you feel a part of this beautiful scene.

This really is a perfect beach read with its short sweet chapters, warming characters with a beautiful friendship and a tranquil setting. I enjoyed my visit to the Beachside Guest House.

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