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Blog Tour: Staying Out For The Summer – Mandy Baggot*

After a summer of staying in, it’s time to let your hair down and escape to
Greece!

For Lucie Burrows, it’s time to embrace Greek life and put the past behind her!

Having spent the summer of 2020 battling a global health crisis, Lucie Burrows is looking forward to a summer out of lockdown.
When best friend, Gavin, finds them the perfect Greek escape Lucie finally starts to think this summer might just go without a hitch.But after a landslide puts the village into a local lockdown, Lucie is thrown together with Michalis Andino, the super sexy village doctor.

It’s not quite the
holiday she had planned, but things could certainly be worse.

As Lucie relaxes into the Greek way of life, she begins to wonder whether this lockdown might just
end in a new life, a new love…

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Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the
Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association
Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016.

Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian.

Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor.

Mandy is a member of the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

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My thoughts:

This was a really fun romantic comedy set in the not too distant future when we can hopefully travel again. Also there are donkeys, a crazy horse and a van full of fruit!

Lucie and Gavin are NHS nurses in need of a holiday, having spent 18 months on the frontlines of the battle to save lives from Covid-19. They’re burnt out and broken hearted. So Gavin books them a stay on the Greek island of Corfu, in a small village where people seem to live a very long time.

Michalis is a Greek doctor, returned home to Corfu after facing the same struggles in a hospital on Greece’s mainland. He too is in need of a break. His eccentric sister and quiet butcher father are in need of him too.

The village’s president, a slightly nutty woman, is organising a festival of health and decides Michalis shall be the figurehead of her event. Amid all this chaos Lucie and Gavin arrive for their holiday.

The book has some laugh out loud moments as the rather odd residents of the village gear up for their new festival, and tortoises start to take over the villa Gavin has rented. But it also has a lovely summer romance and people hugging and delicious food and is genuinely a bit of a tonic right now. I hope this summer will at least be a little like Mandy’s predicting in this book. We all need it.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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