Tuesday, 6 April 2021

#BlogTour Aegean Sun: The Kafenion by Stephanie Wood


It's my turn on the BlogTour Aegean Sun: The Kafenion by Stephanie Wood. 

About the Author

Stephanie Wood writes contemporary fiction in the form of novels, novellas and short stories and you can find the running order of her titles on the ‘look inside’ of any book. 

She published the Aegean series of books as a fly-on-the-wall vision of life in a Greek resort during the summer season, using her extensive experience as a holiday rep to bring some unusual incidents to life on the page. The series began as an exploration of the various ways in which tourists make the most of their holidays and how they interact with the locals while they are visiting. The later books in the series have taken a closer look at the locals themselves and show how their lives and relationships are sometimes changed by the regular influx of seasonal visitors.

The Christmas on the Close series is set in a British suburban cul-de-sac over the festive period and visits each house individually to discover how the neighbours who live there celebrate the season in their own special way.

Stephanie lives in Lancashire where, apart from reading and writing, she loves gardening and cycling and is a huge fan of the soaps Emmerdale and Neighbours. If you would like to sign up to her newsletter list (with around four messages per year) you can do so on the contact page of her website and, as a thank you, will receive the free short story The Zia Sunset Excursion.

Follow @stephaniewooduk on Twitter, on Goodreads, on Facebook, Visit stephaniewood.co.uk

About the book

The Kafenion has much more to offer than just coffee and cake! The Kafenion is undergoing its regular seasonal change from traditional coffee shop and local hangout to summertime hotspot for the massive influx of tourists who visit the Greek island each year.

The furniture has been updated, the new signs for more specific coffee types have been installed, the basic cookies have been replaced with a tempting range of cakes and desserts and a fresh coat of paint has added an optimistic glow to the place, which always attracts the many visitors who are looking for a treat.

Jane has been working on the island for a few years and finds a job in the Kafenion for her friend Helen, who is hoping for some fun and romance during the summer.

Xenon and Kyriakos both make regular deliveries of fresh produce to the Kafenion and they find other reasons to want to visit when Jane and Helen are around, but are they both interested in the same girl?

Georgina discovers the Kafenion while searching for information from her mother’s past, but does Pericles have all the answers or will he just cause more confusion?

Visit the Kafenion during a Greek summer season to see how the staff and their regulars navigate their way through complex working and romantic relationships. This is the eleventh book of standalone reads in the Aegean Sun series.

Review

This is eleventh book in the Aegean Sun series, but this can be read as a standalone novel, so can the others. Stories of love, romance and friendship under the Aegean sun.

Georgina's story is part of the whole, but it is more of a sub-story. She is on a mission to find her father. The only thing she has is a picture of a young man on the Greek island her mother visited the right length of time before she was born. There is a catch though. When she meets him she finds herself inexplicably attracted to this person who is supposed to be her daddy. What's worse, he appears to feel the same way. Talk about Homo Faber by Max Frisch.

I have to say I found Helen quite hard to like. The loneliness and need for sexual gratification, comfort and company was written in a way that made her appear desperate, even to the point of being attracted to a pig of a misogynist. I found her portrayal unsettling. You can want gratification, sexual contact and a relationship as a woman without veering into the category of - anything and anyone will do.

It's a story about finding the truth, identity and also one about sisterhood. About having each others backs when someone wants to do you dirty. It's also a story of finding love or a relationship.

Buy Aegean Sun at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Buy at Amazon com.

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