Title: Santorini Sunsets
Author: Anita Hughes
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: August 2, 2016
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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.
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."
My Two Cents:
"Santorini Sunsets" is
the story of Brigit, a NYC society girl, who is about to marry Hollywood
actor Blake. The setting is Santorini, Greece but even a gorgeous
setting can't quell Brigit's mind about whether or not getting married
again is the right thing to do. Things are even less sure after Brigit's
ex-husband shows up hoping to get the scoop on Brigit's wedding for a
tabloid. This book had an interesting premise but fell a little flat for
I was drawn in by the promise of an exotic setting. I have
never been to Santorini but it is definitely on my bucket list. The
author does a great job of capturing the allure of the city and its
beauty. I liked living vicariously through the characters in that
The characters really fell flat for me. You don't really
get a lot of information on the motivations between the various players.
It seemed like such a stretch that Brigit's ex would sink as low as
coming to the wedding to take pictures for a tabloid and also that
Brigit's fiancé would think that it would be totally okay for that to
happen without telling his wife. I was looking for more of an
explanation to understand why the characters would go to such lengths
but that never came even with the author delving into a lot of telling
rather than showing. The setting was indeed exotic but the execution did
not work out the best.