Staying Out for the Summer by Mandy Baggot @mandybaggot @Aria_Fiction @HoZBooks #StayingOutForTheSummer #bookreview

Staying Out for the Summer written by Mandy Baggot, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook format and is due out in paperback in June.

Book Blurb

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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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Mandy Baggot’s latest novel: Staying Out for the Summer.

I’m ashamed to say it’s a good few years since I’ve picked up a book by Mandy Baggot and that is such a travesty as reading Staying Out for the Summer was just the tonic I needed. I promise I won’t leave such a long gap for my next Mandy Baggot story. Staying Out for the Summer is such a wonderful, fun, flirty, slightly bonkers read, I enjoyed it so much I could read it all over again and I probably will!

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel reading a novel that has snippets of the covid pandemic in it’s storyline but as we have lived through this situation for over a year now it has become the norm so to include it makes the characters seem that more relatable and you can understand and appreciate their current state of mind. The author, Mandy Baggot, has been very sensitive about this aspect of the storyline and it isn’t the main focus and I felt like she dealt with it with grace and humanity.

This is a story of two best friends; Gavin and Lucie, who are also nurses on the same ward at a hospital in Southampton. Life has been very gruelling for these best friends and in need of rest, recuperation and escape the pair book a holiday to Greece.

As soon as Gavin and Lucie arrive at their destination they start to realise that this holiday is going to be memorable as the Greek village they are staying in is full of strange traditions, quirky villagers and wildlife a plenty. I loved the sound of this village with it’s picturesque landscape and traditional Greek outlook on life. One of my favourite characters from the story was the multi talented taxi driver, Miltos. He seemed to appear out of the blue and always at a time when you needed him the most. He also made you feel very welcomed to the village and to his family.

Gavin’s character was vivacious, cheeky but he also had a vulnerability about him especially when it came to love interests. Lucie was very warm-hearted, kind but held an anxiety about her mainly due to her upbringing. She’s felt afraid to let herself go and try new challenges and thinks the past is holding her back. When Lucie meets Michalis on their first day an instant attraction is made but as she learns he is a Doctor a sort of bonding between the working life during a pandemic is made. As Lucie and Michalis spend more time together friendship soon blossoms into more but is this just a holiday romance?

Mandy Baggot has written such a glorious escapism read whisking you off to sunny climes with new cultures to learn and discover the delicious sounding local dishes. It’s a comforting, warm-hearted story that brings plenty of smiles your way.

About the Author

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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One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot book review


One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot, publisher Bookouture, is available in ebook format from 2nd October 2015.

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The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish… to start over.

With her daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for adventure. But there’s more to New York than twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has her own Christmas wish – to find her real dad.

While Hayley tries to fulfil her daughter’s wish, she crosses paths with billionaire Oliver Drummond. Restless and bored with fast living, there’s something intriguing about him that has Hayley hooked.

Can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might come true – could A New York Christmas turn into a New York Forever?

Travel to the Big Apple this Christmas and join Hayley and Oliver as they realise life isn’t just about filling the minutes… it’s about making every moment count.

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I’d like to thank the publishers and netgalley for an arc in return for an honest review.

I adored this story by Mandy Baggot, I couldn’t get enough of Hayley, Angel and Oliver and had to carry on reading during every available possibility.

The story is set just before Christmas.  Hayley is the single mum to 9 year old Angel.  A few months ago Hayley overhears Angel asking for her Christmas wish; which was to find her dad. Hayley and Angel plan a visit to New York to stay with her brother however, Hayley has ulterior motives on visiting New York and hopes the location of her date with Angel’s dad may bring some precious clues as to his current whereabouts.

Oliver Drummond is a young, charismatic, sexy billionaire who is the CEO of Drummond Global.  Oliver has experienced such tragic events in his life and is still grieving, although he doesn’t admit to this.  He hides away from this grief and spends most of his time at work and when he does make time for himself its one night stands he looks for.

Hayley and Angel have arrived in New York and Angel is full of life experiencing new adventures.  A chance encounter between Hayley and Oliver sparks an interest in Oliver he’s not felt before and Hayley is also mesmerised by Oliver’s good looks and his cheeky charm.  During her stay in New York Hayley sets out to find Angel’s father and further chance encounters with Oliver Drummond bring a welcome distraction to both of them.

Will Hayley find Angel’s father and if she does how will they all cope with another person joining their happy duo?  Can Oliver learn to enjoy the here and now and let life and love in?

I loved Angel’s character she was so full of energy and had so much personality.  Her relationship with her mum, Hayley, was very special.  They’d had each other for over 9 years and knew each other’s little quips, Angel was more than a daughter to Hayley she was her best friend also.  When I first met Oliver in the book he became quite addictive and very moreish!  Mandy Baggot has certainly created a great ‘book boyfriend’ in Oliver.

This was a beautiful, charming, sexy, heartwarming Christmas story that I couldn’t get enough of.  A gorgeous, winter warmer.  5/5* read.

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