Spotlight: Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

The seventh intoxicating love story by Anita Hughes, set in beautiful Santorini, Greece. When a Hollywood superstar and a NYC society girl fall in love, sparks fly and secrets are revealed.

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.

Brigit 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.

Told in Anita Hughes' spectacularly descriptive prose, SANTORINI SUNSETS is a story about family bonds, first loves, and the question of when to let go and when to hang on as tight as you can.

About the Author

Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program. She is the author of MONARCH BEACH, MARKET STREET, LAKE COMO, FRENCH COAST, ROME IN LOVE, ISLAND IN THE SEA, SANTORINI SUNSETS and the forthcoming CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, published by St. Martin's Press.


I was approved for an eARC via Netgalley of this book. The premise sounded like it could be promising, but the setting was really what made me request. The cover also drew me in, it's so gorgeous!

As someone who mostly reads more fast paced YA novels, I feel that switching gears to a slower paced romance novel with no fantastic/supernatural/paranormal elements is sometimes hard. I also find it hard to go from reading about princesses/queens/chosen-ones who have all the odds stacked against them to reading about semi-boring adult romantic problems.

Admittedly, I didn't read all that much of this book. I am pretty sure that I know what is going to happen throughout this whole book and the relationship between the main character and her ex-husband that she hasn't talked to in two years kind of weirded me out in the first chapter. I found that I didn't care about this rich, fancy wedding or the people involved.

Since I started blogging, I have gotten a lot better at picking out contemporary/romance books that I think I will like. However, that was not the case with this one.

If you are someone who is into romance novels full of beautiful settings and beautiful people, you might enjoy this book. It would probably make a good beach/poolside read for someone!

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