Hollywood actress Shauna Jackson left the Greek island of Ithostwenty years ago and thought she would never return. Reeling from a scandal that has tarnished her success, she is drawn back to the beautiful olive groves and endless azure skies – and to the secrets she has tried hard to forget.
Looking down from his hilltop villa, enigmatic tycoon Demetrios Theodosis knows he can’t change the past, and looks to the future through his tempestuous daughter Ariana, but in trying to tame her free spirit, is he driving her further away?
Under A Greek Moon was a novel I didn’t know I needed until I actually began to read. From start to finish it was pure escapism, the glamour of hollywood, of sun kissed Greek islands and wonderful characters that lit up the pages.
Shauna was the red haired beauty who had conquered Hollywood but we all know that often there would be a price to pay, Kirkwood enveloping her in a scandal that made her stop and question everything. Luckily for us she looked back to her past and what might have been and gave Kirkwood the perfect excuse to send us back in time to life before Hollywood.
Kirkwood sent the young Shauna on a tour of Europe with best friend Roxy, until she separated them and Shauna found herself as a working crew member of a shipping magnates yacht and fate, the stars somehow aligned as Shauna was flung into the arms of devilishly handsome Demetrios. He was a man I think we would all swoon over as Kirkwood described his looks, his physique, yet looks are not all and underneath he was a man bound by family honour, by responsibility to his fathers business.
The island of Ithos became the backdrop of what you knew would not last, a summer romance destined never to be and the following years showed a Shauna and Demetrios with widely different career and life paths.
I loved the glitz and glamour of Shauna’s life, yet Kirkwood always gave you that uneasy feeling of something missing, something fame and fortune could never provide. When all appeared to fall apart Kirkwood sent her back to Ithos and the magic of the island appeared to envelop her once again.
Demetrios’s own path to present day wasn’t all sweetness and light and Kirkwood pushed a veritable weight of expectation on his shoulders, the only light, his daughter. Ithos pulled him back time and time and again and you desperately wanted them to meet once again to see if the magic, the love and attraction still existed between himself and Shauna.
Obstacles inevitability stood in their way, Kirkwood putting caution, apprehension in their way but we all know that there is always a conclusion be it happy or sad. Which one would Kirkwood choose??
As we bask in a glorious heatwave Under A Greek Moon was the perfect novel, romance, glamour and unashamed escapism that I absolutely loved.
I would like to thank Harper Collins for a copy of Under A Greek Moon to read and review and to Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
Carol Kirkwood is one of the BBC’s most loved TV presenters, best known for presenting the weather. She lights up viewers’ homes every day, appearing on programmes such as BBC Breakfast, Strictly Come Dancing, Wimbledon Tennis Fortnight, and Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 Breakfast Show.
She is hugely popular with fans and Carol frequently trends on Twitter. Beyond the television screen, she can often be found ensconced in a book, singing, dancing, and driving fast cars.