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Sun, sea and a sexy stranger - a whole lot of fun just got a lot more complicated. Capable, confident and career-driven, Ellen had her dream job and a marriage proposal from boyfriend Ross. Life was good, her future set. Until it wasn’t and everything fell apart… Whisked off to the beautiful island of Corfu to plan her sister Lacey’s big, fat, Greek wedding, Ellen is hopi Sun, sea and a sexy stranger - a whole lot of fun just got a lot more complicated. Capable, confident and career-driven, Ellen had her dream job and a marriage proposal from boyfriend Ross. Life was good, her future set. Until it wasn’t and everything fell apart… Whisked off to the beautiful island of Corfu to plan her sister Lacey’s big, fat, Greek wedding, Ellen is hoping some time out will help clear her head and heal her heart. But letting go of her past is not going to be easy. With Lacey in full on Bridezilla mode, Ellen is soon distracted from her own problems. And when the all-inclusive treats on offer at hotel Blue Vue include one gorgeous, brooding Adonis – Yan – Ellen finds him difficult to resist. But Ellen isn’t looking for love or lust, or anything involving too much ouzo…or is she? Fans of Lucy Diamond, Miranda Dickinson and Lindsey Kelk will want to escape to Corfu with Mandy Baggot this summer.

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Sun, sea and a sexy stranger - a whole lot of fun just got a lot more complicated. Capable, confident and career-driven, Ellen had her dream job and a marriage proposal from boyfriend Ross. Life was good, her future set. Until it wasn’t and everything fell apart… Whisked off to the beautiful island of Corfu to plan her sister Lacey’s big, fat, Greek wedding, Ellen is hopi Sun, sea and a sexy stranger - a whole lot of fun just got a lot more complicated. Capable, confident and career-driven, Ellen had her dream job and a marriage proposal from boyfriend Ross. Life was good, her future set. Until it wasn’t and everything fell apart… Whisked off to the beautiful island of Corfu to plan her sister Lacey’s big, fat, Greek wedding, Ellen is hoping some time out will help clear her head and heal her heart. But letting go of her past is not going to be easy. With Lacey in full on Bridezilla mode, Ellen is soon distracted from her own problems. And when the all-inclusive treats on offer at hotel Blue Vue include one gorgeous, brooding Adonis – Yan – Ellen finds him difficult to resist. But Ellen isn’t looking for love or lust, or anything involving too much ouzo…or is she? Fans of Lucy Diamond, Miranda Dickinson and Lindsey Kelk will want to escape to Corfu with Mandy Baggot this summer.

30 review for Truly, Madly, Greekly

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    This is the perfect summer read, you can just imagine lying on those sunbeds, basking in the sun, walking down Sidari high street and calling into The Smugglers Inn for some proper English food. Actually, I don't need to imagine it, I've been there, and got the t-shirt! (And they do a lush Sunday dinner!) I loved this heartwarming and funny tale of self discovery and new beginnings. Ellen and Lacey expected to spend the week planning a wedding but you know what they say, 'the best laid plans of m This is the perfect summer read, you can just imagine lying on those sunbeds, basking in the sun, walking down Sidari high street and calling into The Smugglers Inn for some proper English food. Actually, I don't need to imagine it, I've been there, and got the t-shirt! (And they do a lush Sunday dinner!) I loved this heartwarming and funny tale of self discovery and new beginnings. Ellen and Lacey expected to spend the week planning a wedding but you know what they say, 'the best laid plans of mice and men...' and things definitely don't go to plan on this trip! I enjoyed seeing Ellen come out of her shell and start to enjoy herself, she arrived carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders and I felt so sorry for her. Yan was just so damn lovely, it was hard for her to resist his charms for long, and I can't say I blame her either. I wondered how much they could really get to know each other in a week, and what would happen once the holiday was over. I loved how their friendship developed, and seeing them open up to each other. It was very touching, and I finished reading with tears in my eyes. I'm basking in a feelgood glow after reading this lovely story, Mandy Baggot has captured that holiday feeling so perfectly and has me chomping at the bit for my own Greek holiday later this year! OPA!! *I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I absolutely loved this book. I lost myself in the Greek atmosphere and couldn't put the book down. Ellen and Lacey have gone to a nice resort to research it's suitability for a wedding venue for Lacey. Once there Lacey seems to have forgotten she's supposed to be looking at menus, settings and meeting the wedding planner.She's concentrating instead on the delights of the entertainment team and the all inclusive drinks. One of the team has noticed Ellen and wonders what is behind her reserved outl I absolutely loved this book. I lost myself in the Greek atmosphere and couldn't put the book down. Ellen and Lacey have gone to a nice resort to research it's suitability for a wedding venue for Lacey. Once there Lacey seems to have forgotten she's supposed to be looking at menus, settings and meeting the wedding planner.She's concentrating instead on the delights of the entertainment team and the all inclusive drinks. One of the team has noticed Ellen and wonders what is behind her reserved outlook- why hasn't she smiled on a holiday where she should be totally relaxed. He includes her in water aerobics, limbo dancing, trips to local places of interest. It seems they are both hiding hurt inside. Will they manage to 'heal' each other. It's always great to find a new author (to me) who already has a lovely back catalogue of books for me to devour. I can't wait to read more by Mandy Baggot. Many thanks to Bookoutre and Net Galley for this wonderful book to read and review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paris Baker

    Originally posted on Paris Baker's Book Nook. Huge hugs and kisses to Mandy and Bookouture for providing me with a review copy. I had been looking forward to this one for a very long time, and could not wait to get my hands on it. If anything, my only concern was that I would have built it up too much in my head, but that was certainly not an issue. Ellen and Lacey are about as different as sisters can get. Ellen is reserved, stressed and generally pretty uptight as she heads out to Corfu to arran Originally posted on Paris Baker's Book Nook. Huge hugs and kisses to Mandy and Bookouture for providing me with a review copy. I had been looking forward to this one for a very long time, and could not wait to get my hands on it. If anything, my only concern was that I would have built it up too much in my head, but that was certainly not an issue. Ellen and Lacey are about as different as sisters can get. Ellen is reserved, stressed and generally pretty uptight as she heads out to Corfu to arrange her sister’s wedding. She’s carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders, with a secret so big it’s threatening to topple her over. Lacey couldn’t be more happy and carefree. Sure, she has all of the wedding things to organise, but she’s looking for some fun and relaxation in the sun while she’s out there. Pretty, young and confident, Lacey’s never been one to worry too much about anything. Ellen just wants stay low key, keep her mind off of her troubles back home and get through the wedding plans without feeling too embarrassed that her younger sister has her life so much more under wraps than she does. However, when she bumps into (the delicious, Bulgarian) Yan as soon as she gets to the hotel, her plans to stay low key begin to fall apart. Try as she may she can’t ignore him or how much she’s drawn to him. But with Lacey needing Ellens every attention as always – not to mention the fact she’s on a holiday far from home – it couldn’t possibly be a good idea to let herself fall for him, could it? I truly, madly loved this book. Let’s start from the obvious because I can’t hold off any longer: Yan. Oh, sweet Jesus, Yan. What a scrumptious, brooding, complicated, sweet, gorgeous and lovely man my Yan is. (Yes, my Yan.) I love that Mandy has told the story from both Yan and Ellen’s point of view, so we truly got to know the hero in the book too, and I love what a multi-dimensional character he was. He too has issues he’s dealing with, both there in Corfu and back at home, and isn’t sure of what to do. I found this a really refreshing insight into the characters. I also loved the contrast between Lacey and Ellen. Both had flaws and both had perks, though I spent most of the book wanting to give Lacey a not-too-subtle slap to sort her out, I also felt Ellen was a bit of a push over and needed to move on and stand up for herself, but that’s part of the fun of the story – seeing if they can overcome these issues. Mandy also made Corfu sound like heaven, and although I only have slightly vague memories from a holiday there when I was a child, I remember it being beautiful, and Truly Madly Greeky instantly transported me right back there. It’s a perfect summer read for when you’re lying in the sun (preferably near your own Adonis!) or just dreaming of it, this book gave me everything I could ask for from a summery chick lit book. A must read for Summer 2015.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Truly Madly Greekly is the ideal read. Especially during that time just after lunch and before picking the kids up from school, the mouth-watering descriptions freed my imagination, transporting me to Corfu. This romance is fabulous. The twists and turns that are wound seamlessly through the storyline kept me turning page after page. The hero Yan is such a nice guy, with morals and dignity, despite the secret he is hiding. I didn’t even guess what it was. As for Ellen, her maturity and spunkiness Truly Madly Greekly is the ideal read. Especially during that time just after lunch and before picking the kids up from school, the mouth-watering descriptions freed my imagination, transporting me to Corfu. This romance is fabulous. The twists and turns that are wound seamlessly through the storyline kept me turning page after page. The hero Yan is such a nice guy, with morals and dignity, despite the secret he is hiding. I didn’t even guess what it was. As for Ellen, her maturity and spunkiness spoke volumes to me, and I particularly loved how vulnerable they were. The supporting characters helped the storyline move at a steady pace, they were likeable obviously apart from the moronic ex-boyfriend, and I felt I could identify with them. An excellent story, wonderful characters and a happy ever after to sigh about.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adele

    What a fabulous summer read. Mandy Baggott has created a book that is fun, fabulous, full of sizzling moments to get you in the mood for some summer lovin! I would recommend you grab hold of this novel whether you are traveling overseas or enjoying timeout at home, make yourself a fruity drink and stick an umbrella in for authenticity. Sit back and relax and enjoy the fun, frolics and drama from sisters Ellen and Lacey in Greece. P.S. I'm Team Yan :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shona Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom

    For someone who loved this book I'm having a hard time putting down in words what I want to say. This book pulled me in from the very beginning, and I got annoyed with everyone and everything around me that tried to distract me from reading.... I sat up until after 3am reading because I couldn't put the book down and the only reason I stopped reading was because the book ran out of words for me to read. Look up the definition of page turner in the dictionary and you will find it next to a pictur For someone who loved this book I'm having a hard time putting down in words what I want to say. This book pulled me in from the very beginning, and I got annoyed with everyone and everything around me that tried to distract me from reading.... I sat up until after 3am reading because I couldn't put the book down and the only reason I stopped reading was because the book ran out of words for me to read. Look up the definition of page turner in the dictionary and you will find it next to a picture of Truly, Madly, Greekly. Baggot has done a great job of setting the scenes for the reader... I could almost feel the sun on my face and feel the sand beneath my feet (although that could have been sleep deprivation and wishful thinking). And the characters are great. They are far from perfect, they each have issues in their past they would rather nobody found out about (no spoilers)... and despite those secrets they keep hidden from others, they find themselves drawn to each other and opening up in ways they never thought they would. I've never really understood when people have said "fab beach reads" before but this... this is the ideal book to read just before you go on holiday to get you in the mood.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Baggot

    I'm the author - here is the blurb for some sizzling summer reading! Sun, sea and a sexy stranger - a whole lot of fun just got a lot more complicated. Capable, confident and career-driven, Ellen had her dream job and a marriage proposal from boyfriend Ross. Life was good, her future set. Until it wasn’t and everything fell apart… Whisked off to the beautiful island of Corfu to plan her sister Lacey’s big, fat, Greek wedding, Ellen is hoping some time out will help clear her head and heal her hear I'm the author - here is the blurb for some sizzling summer reading! Sun, sea and a sexy stranger - a whole lot of fun just got a lot more complicated. Capable, confident and career-driven, Ellen had her dream job and a marriage proposal from boyfriend Ross. Life was good, her future set. Until it wasn’t and everything fell apart… Whisked off to the beautiful island of Corfu to plan her sister Lacey’s big, fat, Greek wedding, Ellen is hoping some time out will help clear her head and heal her heart. But letting go of her past is not going to be easy. With Lacey in full on Bridezilla mode, Ellen is soon distracted from her own problems. And when the all-inclusive treats on offer at hotel Blue Vue include one gorgeous, brooding Adonis – Yan – Ellen finds him difficult to resist. But Ellen isn’t looking for love or lust, or anything involving too much ouzo…or is she? Fans of Lucy Diamond, Miranda Dickinson and Lindsey Kelk will want to escape to Corfu with Mandy Baggot this summer. What people are saying about Mandy Baggot’s novels… ‘I really do love a Mandy Baggot book. They are full of emotion, passion and laughter. She always writes great stories which are extremely entertaining to read.’ kimthebookworm.com 'Mandy never disappoints on the book boyfriend front but she's definitely outdone herself this time!' Best Chick Lit ‘Mandy Baggot really knows how to set the pace for an exciting page turner. She gives her female characters some super sexy male leads, who are irresistible. Think male pin up calendars. Hot, hot, hot!’ dizzycslittlebookblog.blogspot.co.uk

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Clark

    I want to begin by thanking Net Galley and Bookouture for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. What an amazing summer read! It's hot and sexy and fun! Ellen has decided that getting away for a few days is not a bad idea after she told her boyfriend that she didn't want to marry him...oh and he took all her money to get back at her! Corfu was not looking too bad! A little wedding planning with her sister Lacey and a little relaxation by the pool! Her plan is to let go and try to rel I want to begin by thanking Net Galley and Bookouture for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. What an amazing summer read! It's hot and sexy and fun! Ellen has decided that getting away for a few days is not a bad idea after she told her boyfriend that she didn't want to marry him...oh and he took all her money to get back at her! Corfu was not looking too bad! A little wedding planning with her sister Lacey and a little relaxation by the pool! Her plan is to let go and try to relax...but it may not be as east as she thinks! And then Ellen sees Yan...Is it lust? Is it love? There will be so many twists and turns you won't know what is going to happen till the end! This would be a great beach read for anyone who is looking to relax, fall in love with amazing characters and you will wish you were on vacation with them!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    This book is a fantastic summer read!! I lost myself completely in the characters and the setting! (Now I want a holiday!!) it really is a book you can not put down until the end!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Lyon

    Certain genres seem perfectly suited to specific seasons of the year. During bleak, rainy winters, there is nothing better than a murder mystery or a paranormal young adult novel. A young, coming of age story is well-suited to the spring, which is synonymous with change and new beginnings. Of course, as the days get longer and we get closer and closer to the much-loved summer season, light-hearted comedies and sweet, addictive romances begin to demand our attention. If you are looking for a roman Certain genres seem perfectly suited to specific seasons of the year. During bleak, rainy winters, there is nothing better than a murder mystery or a paranormal young adult novel. A young, coming of age story is well-suited to the spring, which is synonymous with change and new beginnings. Of course, as the days get longer and we get closer and closer to the much-loved summer season, light-hearted comedies and sweet, addictive romances begin to demand our attention. If you are looking for a romantic novel with memorable characters and carefully crafted plot points, Truly, Madly, Greekly is the summer read for you. Although everyone knows the basic premise of any romance: girl and boy meet, they run into troubles and ultimately fall in love, this isn’t to say that the genre is entirely predictable. Some of them can take you by surprise. This particular story is touching in the way the main characters, Ellen and Yan, manage to overcome barrier after barrier (language, culture, pride) in order to be together. What makes the book all the more sweet is knowing that though for many, holiday romances seem innately transient, the connection between the characters in this novel seems real and enduring. Though my initial impressions of both Yan and Ellen were that they were both quite defensive and overly sensitive to criticism, it doesn’t take long for the reader to learn more about them and to grow attached. Just as in real life, we do not know these people instantly and thoroughly; the author reveals more about the characters over time and as such, the reader feels rewarded, and their experience feels more genuine. The story also alternates between Yan’s and Ellen’s points of view, meaning that the reader can get a deeper understanding of each character. Not all the characters are likable, of course. If you are anything like me, you will find yourself becoming increasingly annoyed with Lacey, Ellen’s sister. She is the quintessential youngest daughter, spoilt, self-obsessed, and impatient. She is preoccupied with drama and doesn’t seem to be happy unless all eyes are on her. Her flaky character is offset somewhat by her family loyalty and her slightly endearing child-like naiveté. I’m uncertain as to whether she was deliberately written to wind up the reader, but she certainly adds an element of frustration to the book that makes the book more interesting. After all, the perfect characters are never the most compelling ones. The subplots of the book are just as interesting as the romance and are tied up well in the end. The reader isn’t left with a list of niggling questions, which is actually refreshing and satisfying given the growing trend of novels having ‘open endings’. I would highly recommend this for anyone who needs a holiday read for their impending vacation.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I really enjoyed the setting for this book. Corfu, Greece....could not imagine a better place to be during these cold Indiana days....even if it is only in my head. I could see the olive groves, feel the sand between my toes while I'm looking out into the blue sea, feeling the sea salt on my body....bliss. Very good detailing on the area. The story started off ok. Two sisters going on vacation to scout out a wedding location. Ellen, the older sister, was ok as a character. A little uptight, cons I really enjoyed the setting for this book. Corfu, Greece....could not imagine a better place to be during these cold Indiana days....even if it is only in my head. I could see the olive groves, feel the sand between my toes while I'm looking out into the blue sea, feeling the sea salt on my body....bliss. Very good detailing on the area. The story started off ok. Two sisters going on vacation to scout out a wedding location. Ellen, the older sister, was ok as a character. A little uptight, constantly worried about things going on back in England, and watching out for her younger sister, Lacey. Things look up for her when she meets Yan and begins to loosen up some. Lacey, honestly, I didn't like her. She was 23 years old but acted like a petulant teenager. So I definitely had trouble warming up to her. There were some cute moments and there were some eye rolling moments. I enjoyed some of the banter between Ellen & Yan but didn't like when Lacey entered the scene. I also liked how the story was told...pov's of Ellen & Yan, so the story went back & forth through the chapter of seeing both sides of the story. What I mostly liked about the story was just the vacation part---having fun, being with your sister, & taking in the sights of Greece. What I didn't like: Lacey & the romance/love story. Not a fan of insta-love...sorry. This is a great book to read while your enjoying a day at the beach. It would add to the aura of the story if you did actually have your toes in the sand. Then it would make a true "sizzling summer read". *Thank you to the publisher & Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anna At A Wondrous Bookshelf

    Sun, sea and a sexy stranger - a whole lot of fun just got a lot more complicated... Capable, confident and career-driven, Ellen had her dream job and a marriage proposal from boyfriend Ross. Life was good, her future set. Until it wasn’t and everything fell apart…Whisked off to the beautiful island of Corfu to plan her sister Lacey’s big, fat, Greek wedding, Ellen is hoping some time out will help clear her head and heal her heart. But letting go of her past is not going to be easy. With Lacey in Sun, sea and a sexy stranger - a whole lot of fun just got a lot more complicated... Capable, confident and career-driven, Ellen had her dream job and a marriage proposal from boyfriend Ross. Life was good, her future set. Until it wasn’t and everything fell apart…Whisked off to the beautiful island of Corfu to plan her sister Lacey’s big, fat, Greek wedding, Ellen is hoping some time out will help clear her head and heal her heart. But letting go of her past is not going to be easy. With Lacey in full on Bridezilla mode, Ellen is soon distracted from her own problems. And when the all-inclusive treats on offer at hotel Blue Vue include one gorgeous, brooding Adonis – Yan – Ellen finds him difficult to resist. But Ellen isn’t looking for love or lust, or anything involving too much ouzo…or is she? Lacey is planning a wedding in the beautiful island of Corfu and brings her older sister Ellen along for the ride. The Blue Vue Hotel is an all-inclusive resort in the Greek Island of Corfu, in the Ionian Sea, surrounded by the Albanian Mountains. What the girls were not expecting was the other perks that came with the package. Yan and Sergei are two dazzling handsome and sexy guys who run the animation team of the hotel. Soon the sisters were carried away from their original plans to embark on an adventure that neither one was ever expecting. This was my first book by author Mandy Baggot, and I have to say, WOW, I loved her style! This book is a great spring/summer read, with just the right amount of fun, romance and adventure. It was such a change of pace for me. After reading deeper and serious topics found on my other reviews: Ruby and I Am Forbidden; I truly, madly, loved this book. I’m looking forward to reading more books from this author. I would like to thank Bookouture and Netgalley for allowing me to read an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book is scheduled to be published on May 22, 2015.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Lyndhurst

    I have GOT to go to Corfu after reading this sizzling, sexy, page-turner of a summer read. Evocative, sparkly and cliché free Truly, Madly, Greekly is a breath of fresh Hellenic sea air. Cheese pies instead of cupcakes, Apricot coolers instead of Prosecco and a sexy Bulgarian hero to die for. And I know it’s naughty but I do love a book that has scream-worthy but hilarious secondary characters, an excess of all-inclusive alcohol and a decent smattering of British expletives. Honestly, this book I have GOT to go to Corfu after reading this sizzling, sexy, page-turner of a summer read. Evocative, sparkly and cliché free Truly, Madly, Greekly is a breath of fresh Hellenic sea air. Cheese pies instead of cupcakes, Apricot coolers instead of Prosecco and a sexy Bulgarian hero to die for. And I know it’s naughty but I do love a book that has scream-worthy but hilarious secondary characters, an excess of all-inclusive alcohol and a decent smattering of British expletives. Honestly, this book will be a hard one to follow as far as my summer 2015 reading goes. Huge fun. LOVED IT!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Originally posted on http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk/ I'M BACK!* *and what I mean by this is that I'm back from a gorgeous week-long stay in Corfu, at hotel Blue Vue, courtesy of Mandy Baggot! I've limboed, I've drank apricot coolers, I've bathed beside the pool beneath a blazing sun, I've looked out across azure blue seas to see the twinkling lights of Albania, I've jumped off rocks, I've lay on the sandy shores, and last but by no means least, I've fallen in love. Quite frankly, I'm exhausted Originally posted on http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk/ I'M BACK!* *and what I mean by this is that I'm back from a gorgeous week-long stay in Corfu, at hotel Blue Vue, courtesy of Mandy Baggot! I've limboed, I've drank apricot coolers, I've bathed beside the pool beneath a blazing sun, I've looked out across azure blue seas to see the twinkling lights of Albania, I've jumped off rocks, I've lay on the sandy shores, and last but by no means least, I've fallen in love. Quite frankly, I'm exhausted. I should probably include that I haven't actually jetted off to Corfu but instead, I've completely and utterly lost myself to Truly, Madly, Greekly by Mandy Baggot, and it was divine. Truly, Madly, Greekly is the first novel by Mandy Baggot that I've read and I am seriously, ridiculously impressed. At just a mere few pages into this book, it became obvious that this was an author who knew what she was doing. Everything about Mandy's writing was impeccable, and I'm not using that description here lightly. Mandy's writing flowed so fluidly, so smoothly, and it was a pleasure to read from the very first page right to the very last. From the vivid, clear-as-day descriptions of the Greek setting and the Blue Vue Hotel, to the characters and their fantastically personal dialogue, I lost myself to the perfectly placed words again and again and yes, again. Mandy is a pro at placing her reader right there in the setting alongside her characters. Not only did I feel like I'd stepped into my Kindle to live through this story myself, but now that I'm finished, I miss it. I MISS IT SO FREAKING MUCH, and I feel like I need to beg Mandy for a sequel, because I just know that her beautifully-sculpted characters are going to remain with me for a very long time. Truly believable, madly captivating, and Greekly beautiful! Mandy's characters within Truly, Madly, Greekly absolutely held me captivated. The reader is introduced to Ellen and her younger sister Lacey. The women are in Corfu for a week to plan Lacey's approaching wedding and to scope out and concrete some of the finer details. What was so fantastic about the plot within the book was that there were clearly secrets hidden beneath the surface for all of the characters concerned, including Lacey. Mandy dropped tantalisingly small hints to these secrets throughout the novel, giving me a teasing taste of things being chaotic below the surface. The fact that I was reading about two sisters worked wonders with me. If you know me at all, then you'll know I'm a BIG family girl at heart, so Ellen and Lacey intrigued me from the get-go. I loved the sisterly bond between them, and it was clear that Ellen was the more responsible one out of the two, perhaps more responsible than it was fair on her to be. For me, this only strengthened how fond I was of the two women. Ellen had this protective air around her whenever it came to Lacey, which definitely echoes how I feel about my own sisters. I love the banter between them both, the playful comments and the childishness of Lacey. It was just gorgeous to be able to sit with them and hear them talk about their lives beside the pool. Added to this already heady, exciting holiday atmosphere, were Mandy's characters Yan and Sergei, two of the men who worked in the hotel's animation team, entertaining the guests and hosting all manner of activities, from water aerobics to karaoke. Yan, right from the very beginning, had a hold over me. A very tight, enthralling hold with his hypnotising eyes and Greek God physique. Again, just like Ellen and Lacey, Yan had secrets, too. Secrets that I wanted to dig deeper to find out. What I adored most about Yan was that unlike his friend and co-worker Sergei, who enjoyed flirting with the females during their stay at the Blue Vue Hotel, Yan wasn't like that. Yes, he was incredibly attractive, caught the attention of many a woman, but he'd been burnt in his past and so, he stayed away. Until he laid eyes on Ellen of course, with her nose in her books and her lack of laughter and smiles. GAH! I loved the connection between these two. I loved how his attention was caught, how he'd watch her and try to figure her out. The plot overflowed with secret glances and hidden emotions, and I didn't dare to put this story down. I couldn't bear to be away from the characters for a single second just in case anything new was unearthed. Thankfully, I was there at every new discovery, and not once did I ever tire of it. As much I'd love to say that this is the PERFECT SUMMER READ (which it definitely is, by the way), it is just so much MORE than that! To me, it was two people, haunted by their pasts and only being able to forget and release about those pasts when together. Truly, Madly, Greekly by Mandy Baggot had it all. The dreamy holiday romance, the scorching, sizzling heat of Corfu, the excitement of being away from home, the cocktails and shimmering sea. It was, quite simply, a heavenly concoction potent enough to make you feel like you, too, were sunning it up in Greece. If escapism if what you like, then you'll find it right here. If a devastatingly handsome hero is what pushes your buttons, then you'll find that right here, too. If sun-drenched beaches and too-hot-to-touch chemistry is what you're after this summer, then may I suggest Truly, Madly, Greekly by Mandy Baggot? Becca's Books is awarding Truly, Madly, Greekly by Mandy Baggot with FIVE GLORIOUSLY WORTHY CUPCAKES! Like a very alcoholic cocktail, this novel went straight to my head! To finish off my review, I'd just like to say a massive thank you to the wonderful bunch over at Bookouture for providing me with a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Claire Thake

    What is there not to like about this book! A fab summer read, that sucks you in from start to end, with fantastic details that set the scene perfectly! Be warned though, you may be tempted to book a Corfu holiday after reading! Fantastic, well written characters, you cannot help yourself being sucked into the world of Ellen and Lacey, on a holiday to plan Lacey's wedding. Although things are not as happy as they seem in everyone's life's and in the web of secrets is where you will find yourself What is there not to like about this book! A fab summer read, that sucks you in from start to end, with fantastic details that set the scene perfectly! Be warned though, you may be tempted to book a Corfu holiday after reading! Fantastic, well written characters, you cannot help yourself being sucked into the world of Ellen and Lacey, on a holiday to plan Lacey's wedding. Although things are not as happy as they seem in everyone's life's and in the web of secrets is where you will find yourself caught unable to put the story down until you know what is happening! Then you have Yan! The sexy Bulgarian, with secrets of his own, who finds himself drawn to Ellen....you will have to grab a copy of the book to finds out what happens! A definite fab summer read! Highly recommended!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    I really enjoyed this slow building romance. The characters were great and the writing wonderful. It was fun to get lost in this story and characters. A great book to read while at the beach or beside a pool.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jayne Burnett

    A good read - ideal for the beach. I enjoyed both sisters - Lacey & Ellen. Thank you to Net Galley and Bookoutire for the ARC in exchange for a review. Thorough enjoyed this book about two sisters, bothvery different - Lacey being bubbly & enjoying fun , wanting the excitement of a glamorous wedding , but not in love with her fiancé & sending a text to break off the engagement Ellen - hard working - plans for her own business & taking life more seriously. Had Ellen some secrets s A good read - ideal for the beach. I enjoyed both sisters - Lacey & Ellen. Thank you to Net Galley and Bookoutire for the ARC in exchange for a review. Thorough enjoyed this book about two sisters, bothvery different - Lacey being bubbly & enjoying fun , wanting the excitement of a glamorous wedding , but not in love with her fiancé & sending a text to break off the engagement Ellen - hard working - plans for her own business & taking life more seriously. Had Ellen some secrets she has kept hidden from Her dad and Lacey.. All will be revealed during their holiday in Corfu. Then there is the sexy Yan & Sergei to consider, will the girls be tempted by holiday romance among solving all their problems at home. A excellent girlie read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    http://www.chicklitcentral.com/2015/0... Also has a review for French Coast.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    I am puzzled as to how I had never read a book by Mandy Baggot before this one. I have five others by her, sitting on my kindle that I have either bought or picked up as Kindle freebies, over the past four years, but yet I haven't read them. I suspect that will be changing in the coming months, as having read Truly, Madly, Greekly, I now know I have been missing out. I think I knew I was going to enjoy this book when in the first chapter there is the first encounter with Yan, who mentions he is I am puzzled as to how I had never read a book by Mandy Baggot before this one. I have five others by her, sitting on my kindle that I have either bought or picked up as Kindle freebies, over the past four years, but yet I haven't read them. I suspect that will be changing in the coming months, as having read Truly, Madly, Greekly, I now know I have been missing out. I think I knew I was going to enjoy this book when in the first chapter there is the first encounter with Yan, who mentions he is part of the animation team at the hotel in Corfu. Added to the knowledge that it was an All Inclusive holiday, and that is enough for me to know that the story was going to based in the exact sort of hotel I would pick for myself on holiday. There is nothing I like more than eye-ing up sexy members of animation, and I was intrigued to see what would happen to Ellen and Lacey on their holiday there. Lets start with the cover, its a stunning image that brings up the imagery of a holiday, and the tag line "Sizzling summer reading" I can assure you is telling the truth. This is an incredibly summery read, one that if you don't have the means to read it on a beach, then find a warm spot somewhere, relax, read this book and you will completely believe you are in Corfu with Ellen, Lacey and Yan. Ellen and Lacey are off to Corfu, to the Blue Vue Hotel, where Lacey is hoping to plan, and have her wedding. Lacey fell in love with the wedding venue at the hotel, and having dragged Ellen around various UK venues, is now taking her to Corfu to look at this one. Ellen has been going through a tough time recently, although she has kept it all secret from her loved ones, and doesn't really want to be away from the office, let alone relax into a holiday. As they arrive at the hotel, an incredibly sexy foreigner tries to take their bags... Well Ellen thinks he is trying to steal them, but all he is trying to do is his job. He is Yan, from the Animation team, who had stayed up late as part of his job to welcome the girls to the hotel, and act as a porter. To say Yan and Ellen don't exactly hit it off to start with would be a complete understatement. In fact on subsequent meetings they are downright rude to each other. but there are definitely sparks flying. Lacey becomes slightly distracted from the wedding planning when she meets Sergei, another of the animation team. We get chapters focusing on Yan and on Ellen's points of view, so we get a sense of who Yan really is, and get a hint at what he may be hiding. Based on my own experiences at these sorts of hotels, I can say with certainty that the animation team at the Blu Vue Hotel, is definitely an amalgam of assorted animation guys from hotels around the world. In Yan, I could see bits of 2 or 3 others that I have met and become close to on holiday. And that Monica that is constantly trying to attract his attention, for a bit of after hours affection, I have seen similar people myself. Sergei is your typical playboy, love them and leave them after their week's holiday is up type, and has a partner back home. He is your stereotypical hotel worker in that respect. I was amazed and just how real these men were, and how much I felt as though I was on that holiday. It is very rare for me to 100% feel completely as though I could have been the main character of the book. So much of what Ellen experiences on this holiday, I have either experienced or known someone that has. The difficulties in her work life are foreign to me, but I completely understood what she had been trying to do, even if she may have got herself into a sticky situation. All will be revealed as you read this book. If found the story to have some hilarious bits, but equally some more serious sections, including an adrenalin producing rescue. I was immensely emotional at the end of Truly, Madly, Greekly, in part just due to my empathy with Ellen. Truly, Madly, Greekly really is a perfect holiday book, about a holiday that turns into so much more for Ellen and Lacey. It was an absolute pleasure to read and learn their story. While reading I was reminded of so many happy holidays of the past, and I'm sure that when I'm next on holiday, I will think of this book, and hope that I will meet a complete Yan of my own. Thank you so much to Netgalley and Bookoutre for my review copy of this book. This was my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    The story follows Ellen and her sister Lacey to Corfu on the hunt for the perfect wedding venue for Laceys wedding. Lacey believes Ellen is there to help her but Ellen is running away from life at home. While spending days behind the pool not daring to check her phone knowing her employers will be trying to contact her, Yan has been watching her. Yan sees she is troubled but he tries to keep his distance as he needs his job and doesn't want anything to jeopardise it. He wants to find out what is The story follows Ellen and her sister Lacey to Corfu on the hunt for the perfect wedding venue for Laceys wedding. Lacey believes Ellen is there to help her but Ellen is running away from life at home. While spending days behind the pool not daring to check her phone knowing her employers will be trying to contact her, Yan has been watching her. Yan sees she is troubled but he tries to keep his distance as he needs his job and doesn't want anything to jeopardise it. He wants to find out what is troubling Ellen but he has his own problems with life back home in Bulgaria. The story sees their friendship/relationship unfold in the short time they spend together. This is a lovely feel good book and keeps you smiling. The characters are very likeble and Mandys descriptions of Corfu are captivating. This would be an ideal holiday read

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    To begin with the book was a little slow and I began to get annoyed with Ellen. As the story progressed and Ellen started to relax the book became more enjoyable although parts were predictable. The setting of the story is beautiful and I wished I was sitting by the pool whilst reading this. Overall I did enjoy this story and was glad after everything Ellen and Yan had been through they got a happy ending Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    This was a very sweet read. I love everything about weddings, plannings, trips and romance. The beginning was a little slow, but it got a lot better later. I completely fell in love with Yan. I would have never guessed his secret, not in a million years. *Many thanks to Bookouture for providing and ARC!*

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book was a cute summer read. It was engaging with adorable characters. The description of Greece made me want to go and visit.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicole (PhotographsMakeMemories)

    Review to follow closer to publication date.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Darameganknihy

    https://darameganknihy.blogspot.cz/20...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Simona

    *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* Yay, I'm finally reading a Mandy Baggot book again, I have so many of her books on my TBR,nso I'm really excited! The title is fab and the cover is gorgeous and after reading this story I have to say that they bith fit perfectly. Ellen is going on holiday to Greece with her sister Lacey. It's actually to check out Lacey's wedding location. From the beginning it's clear that Ellen cannot really relax and is in edge. She is in her phin *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* Yay, I'm finally reading a Mandy Baggot book again, I have so many of her books on my TBR,nso I'm really excited! The title is fab and the cover is gorgeous and after reading this story I have to say that they bith fit perfectly. Ellen is going on holiday to Greece with her sister Lacey. It's actually to check out Lacey's wedding location. From the beginning it's clear that Ellen cannot really relax and is in edge. She is in her phine the whole time and can't just enjoy the holiday. She meets Yan from the animation team, they are drawn to each other immediatley and they spend more and more time together. Her sister Lacey has laid eyes on his colleague Sergei, which gets Ellen worried about Lacey's wedding.lacey is young and just wants to have fun, maybe a but too much fun! It was fun reading about their adventures in Corfu. We didn't only get to read about Ellen's point point if view and feelings. Yan had his part as well and I really liked him from the start. I enjoyed getting to know his background, he is different from other leading male characters and I really liked that. I loved having both perspectives, because it opend up the characters so much mire and I was able to understand them si much better. Mandy described their feelings carefully and very authentic, which is wonderful and you all gitta love Yan's accent. We also get to know Ellen's situation and her past better and I lived the way the two of them opened up to each other, both of them still unsure to go any further, Yan being scared losing his job and his only chance. I loved how everything developped between them and the passion and chemistry was really something special. The entertainment factor of this book is really high and I rreally felt for Ellen dealing with her a little immature sister. Her actions certainly made the stiry even more interesting. Things with Sergei developped and when her fiancé Mark, their dad and Ellen's ex turn up the drama gets intense. Yan is there to help wherever he can, which is just so cute. Ellen has a lot to figure out. She had met Yan at her lowest point and he'd give her strength and more, what did she rerally want in life now?! And what uf that man had been hiding something important about his life?! The readon why I can't give the book 5 stars, is the story arohnd Lacey. The stiry around her engagement, Sergei and how it all developed happend fast and didn't make sense to me. I felt like there were parts missing in all of it. This is the perfect beach read. It's funny, bubbly, enteratining, touching and sweet. The ending is cute and everything I wished for. Thanks Mandy for writing such a greatbook! It's about two totally different people falling in love and figuring out what they really want in life. It was a fast way of falling in live, but very autentic and sweet. Rating: 4.5

  27. 5 out of 5

    Thebooktrail

    2000s: A fun title for a fun holiday in Greece – grab an Apricot cooler and turn the page… Welcome to Corfu! Grab your cocktail, towel and copy of the novel and head down to the beach. You can imagine holidaying and indeed getting married on this wonderful island – sun, sea and sand as far as the eye can see. That’s if you’re not Ellen an manage to see past the tanned men who saunter past. The setting of Corfu is as just as much a character as the sisters themselves. The hotel where the sisters st 2000s: A fun title for a fun holiday in Greece – grab an Apricot cooler and turn the page… Welcome to Corfu! Grab your cocktail, towel and copy of the novel and head down to the beach. You can imagine holidaying and indeed getting married on this wonderful island – sun, sea and sand as far as the eye can see. That’s if you’re not Ellen an manage to see past the tanned men who saunter past. The setting of Corfu is as just as much a character as the sisters themselves. The hotel where the sisters stay for example is inspired by the Mareblue Beach Hotel in Agios Spyridon, Corfu, as Mandy tells us that she often holidays here. Where better to get inspiration for a beachy dose of holiday fun? The island comes alive in fragrance, setting and tastes too – from the olives and the ouzo, to the ornate tiles and rustle of leaves in the Mediterranean breeze, to the glistening waters and the promises of what lies over the horizon, Mandy’s Corfu is definitely where you want to spend some time either fictionally or for real. See the locations in the book - Truly Madly on the booktrail This is ideal for a beach read but I tell you something – if you take it to a rainy wet weekend in a remote village in Scotland, it will have the effect of brightening your reading experience as well! It’s sun, sea and sand and a whole lot of comedy with some serious bits in there too – Ellen’s romance with Yan for example is fraught with problems but then that’s the fun of seeing what happens isn’t it? I swear this book was so much fun and so realistic that although I couldn’t get my hands on an Apricot cooler, I did have to raid the fridge for an orange juice. I thought I saw sand spilling from the pages. That Mandy Baggot has a way of transporting you and getting you totally involved in what you are reading. Fun, uplifting and the cover is just like a picture postcard that you keep as a lovely memory to a lovely literary holiday.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vicki - I Love Reading

    I started this book, well because the sunshine had finally shown it's face. And if you are not going away, it doesn't mean you have to be sad. No it means you pick up a fab summer time read, and read all about others being on holiday. the sunshine along with the brilliant way this book is written, helping you even more imagine that you are actually there. And that is exactly how I felt, Like I was on Greek Island. I visited Corfu a few years back, and starting this book really took me back there. I started this book, well because the sunshine had finally shown it's face. And if you are not going away, it doesn't mean you have to be sad. No it means you pick up a fab summer time read, and read all about others being on holiday. the sunshine along with the brilliant way this book is written, helping you even more imagine that you are actually there. And that is exactly how I felt, Like I was on Greek Island. I visited Corfu a few years back, and starting this book really took me back there. I could almost feel the sand beneath my feet, and smell the Gyros Kebabs (oh god how I could eat one of those right now). A great summer time read to put you into a good mood. I really liked the characters and the story line kept me gripped through out. Ellen and her sister Lacey have jetted off to see if this is an ideal place for a wedding. Lacey is getting married to Mark, so it's only right the girls have a week there to make sure everything is as it should be. But are things ever going to be as they should be, and after a week in Corfu can things ever go back to how they once were. A brilliant mix of characters, I loved the way the story went, how it unfolded. this book really delves into dreams, and peoples vulnerabilities, how people see others isn't always how they see themselves. What people expect from you, and what you really are like deep down. I enjoyed reading this, as it was a great change to the crime thrillers i normally read, this is the first book I have read by this author, but I do plan on changing that now I have read this. A great fun and easy read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Liina

    Ellen went to Corfu with her sister to arrange her sister Lacey's wedding's details and venue. It should have been a relaxing and fun little vacation, but things didn't go as planned. Lacey started to doubt if she should marry at all and Ellen had to get over her past and trust her feelings for Yan. Ellen and Lacey both have time to think things through and decide what they want in life. When Lacey's fiancee, Ellen's ex boyfriend and the girl's father all came to Corfu as well, things started to Ellen went to Corfu with her sister to arrange her sister Lacey's wedding's details and venue. It should have been a relaxing and fun little vacation, but things didn't go as planned. Lacey started to doubt if she should marry at all and Ellen had to get over her past and trust her feelings for Yan. Ellen and Lacey both have time to think things through and decide what they want in life. When Lacey's fiancee, Ellen's ex boyfriend and the girl's father all came to Corfu as well, things started to come together, all problems started to slowly solve and all the stress was gone. Even if the book started with attention on Lacey, it ended with the spotlight on Ellen. It was a great summery read, the setting in Corfu was amazing. I liked how different the sisters were, but blood is thicker than water and they are ready for anything to protect each other. I can't leave Yan without attention, he was a gem of the book-so good-hearted, caring and sweet man. I'm definitely on team Yan.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    If you’re looking for a perfect beach read and fancy being whisked off to Greece, then this is the book for you. Add two sisters planning a wedding, a couple of dishy men and a secret one of them is trying to keep and you have a heady summer mix. This book just hurtles along as you turn the pages to find out if it will be happy ever after for one or both sisters. Mandy’s love of Greece shows through and although this book is a lighthearted beach read, it does touch on the problems faced by migra If you’re looking for a perfect beach read and fancy being whisked off to Greece, then this is the book for you. Add two sisters planning a wedding, a couple of dishy men and a secret one of them is trying to keep and you have a heady summer mix. This book just hurtles along as you turn the pages to find out if it will be happy ever after for one or both sisters. Mandy’s love of Greece shows through and although this book is a lighthearted beach read, it does touch on the problems faced by migrant workers in Greece. I loved the interaction between Ellen and Jan. I wasn’t too keen on Lacey but in true Baggot style it all works out in the end. An easy fun read that made me want to book a ticket to Corfu immediately.

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