The Greek Heart by Kate Frost
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A broken heart, an island escape, a boy from the past. Will Lottie’s search lead to love?
When a special anniversary takes Lottie on a journey to find the little boy she once knew, it’s a chance to put heartache behind her.
Lottie’s search takes her to Greece and a family who have known about her for decades. A warm welcome gives her some much-needed time out and the chance to reflect. Yet an emotional revelation and two handsome but complicated brothers make her question her past decisions.
Learning to love herself and be content on her own is the first step. But will Lottie be able to follow her heart and find lasting happiness?
I was first introduced to Kate Frost with The Honeysuckle Dream, book 3 in the Butterfly Storm series which made me a fan of her work. Then I read Lottie’s story and it stirred up so many emotions concerning my choice of a child-free life and the rude and thoughtless comments I have dealt with over the years. More power to Lottie and Eleni for speaking up for a woman’s prerogative to not have children.
As you’ve guessed, I admire Lottie’s independence, honesty, and forthrightness. I have been in her shoes in so many ways including the cheating ex leading to the loss of self-confidence and the loss of myself. When she takes her friend’s advice and books a six-week sabbatical to a beautiful Greek island to find a boy from her past, the results aren’t what she expects.
Lottie’s decision to chase a memory and insert herself into a family that may resent her intrusion is both brave and impertinent. She is welcomed, but not by all, at first. The memories she stirs up for Max, Artie’s twin brother, are upsetting and he handles it badly, but his grand gesture is unexpected and necessary for both of them to get to know each other away from the past.
The complex relationship between Lottie and Max is unique. Their lives are very similar when it comes to their careers and some personal choices, but Max has some very deep-seated emotions when it comes to his home and family on Paros which he definitely needs to address in a more mature way. Eleni, Max’s mother is kind and generous and only wants the best for her sons. Zach, Max’s older brother, is a nice man but has a lot of baggage with an angsty teenage son and an ex-wife which understandably Lottie doesn’t want to go down that path again.
Ms. Frost’s vivid descriptions of the beautiful Greek Islands of Santorini and Paros made me feel like I was there enjoying the blue skies and warm breezes while relaxing on the beach.
Overall, this is an introspective and engaging story about taking stock of your life and finding a new path that makes sense for your own happiness and peace of mind. Recommend highly!
Thank you to Ms. Frost for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kate Frost is the author of character-driven women’s fiction (The Butterfly Storm series and Beneath the Apple Blossom), romantic escape novels (The Baobab Beach Retreat, A Starlit Summer, The Greek Heart and The Amsterdam Affair), and Time Shifters, a time travel adventure trilogy for children. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates.
Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, young son, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Frodo. She feels very lucky to spend her days writing, but when she’s not working on a novel, she’s the Director of Storytale Festival, a new city-wide children’s book festival that she co-founded in Bristol in 2019 with the ethos of making books accessible to all and encouraging children and teens to read, write and be creative.
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