One woman returns to the island that changed her life forever
A-list actress Shauna Jackson has the perfect life. Fame, fortune, marriage. Or so it seems.
Running from a scandal, Shauna flees to the place that changed her life twenty years ago, the idyllic Greek island of Ithos.
Captivated once more by the azure seas and scented olive groves, bittersweet memories resurface of one summer, one unforgettable man, and a long-hidden secret.
Shauna can escape Hollywood, but can she escape her past?
‘An absolute cracking read – it’s brilliant!’ Steph McGovern presenter of Packed Lunch
‘Sun-soaked, glamorous escapism.’ Cressida McLaughlin
‘A sizzling summer read. I couldn’t put it down.’ Alex Brown, bestselling author of The Secret of Orchard Cottage
‘An exquisite tale of love lost and found that’s full of intriguing characters and romantic locations. A Perfect summer read.’ Judy Murray
Five Star reviews from NetGalley:
Excellent debut novel *****
You had me hooked from the very first page, right through to the very last word! I was riveted. I’m in awe. *****
100% recommend sitting and relaxing with your favourite cocktail and getting lost in this truly wonderful romance. I loved it. *****
A great summer read! *****
Full of wonderful descriptions of sun-drenched Greek islands, Hollywood and its screen icons; I didn't want to put it down. *****
This book makes for a perfect summer read and one I definitely recommend reading. *****
Absolutely adored this book. I'm pretty sure I didn't move the whole time I was reading it! *****
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Absolutely adored this book. I'm pretty sure I didn't move the whole time I was reading it! Such a lovely story, with great characters! This would be the perfect holiday story, everyone on every beach and round every pool should read it.
Shauna Jackson who was born in England but went backpacking and ended up on the Greek isle of Ithos. She left there vowing never to return and became a Hollywood actress. Then a scandal hits her and she goes back
Like everyone has said, it’s like the author has been writing for years. Excellent debut novel. Just shows you how even after 20 years feelings remain. Thanks for letting me read :)
Well Carol Kirkwood. What a debut novel. You had me hooked from the very first page, right through to the very last word! I was riveted. I’m in awe. I just loved Shauna O’Brien, she was the perfect heroine, not faultless, but always try to perfect herself. Her family life wasn’t the best, but she had THE best friend ever in Roxy Lennon. Roxy has been there for her throughout. She was there when she fell in love, when she had her heart broken, when she became famous, when she suffered loss, when she discovered love again. Then we have Demetrius Theodosis. What can I say? I loved him. We all make mistakes, what matters is that we learn from them. I’d normally say that this is the perfect beach read, imagine lying on a lounger in, let’s say, Ithos, but the fact of the matter is, most of the reading will be done in Your home country this year Wherever you are, I 100% recommend sitting and relaxing with your favourite cocktail and getting lost in this truly wonderful romance. I loved it.
I didn't realise that Carol Kirkwood had written a book and I believe this is her first novel, but it really didn't feel like it – it read to me as the work of somebody who had been writing for years. I enjoyed the pace and the glamorous settings in the South of France, Greek Islands and Hollywood and it had a really captivating storyline that spanned several generations and a very satisfying ending. I will be looking out for more novels from Carol Kirkwood and highly recommend this as a great summer read!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this debut novel by Carol Kirkwood, it was well written and a fascinating story. It kept my attention from beginning to end. The story is intriguing and full of wonderful descriptions of sun-drenched Greek islands, Hollywood and its screen icons; I didn't want to put it down. Shauna O'Brien holidays in Greece with her best friend Roxy and this changes her life. I really liked Shauna, her character is strong but really sweet and kind too. I loved watching her come into her own and watch her success. The story has a wealth of secondary characters, Demetrius the Greek shipping tycoon and Shauna's first love, Roxy her best friend, plus a host of likeable and not so likeable people too. Set against a wonderful backdrop of sunny days, white beaches and blue seas, this story had me charmed and kept me guessing nearly to the end. This book makes for a perfect summer read and one I definitely recommend reading.