The Charter (www.gillianhamer.com)
What we thought : Sophie Keech leaves England, and a difficult relationship with her mother, to begin a new life in Greece after a holiday romance with Alexos.
Alexos's family run a restaurant together and it's not long before the attraction of sunshine and new language begin to fade, and Sophie finds herself confused and overwhelmed by the Greek family traditions. Especially Alexos's over-powering mother, Despina. Sophie finds herself losing grip on her own dreams and increasingly controlled and smothered by his family, and her frustrations reach
boiling point when it's clear Alexos can't see a problem.
When her mother is injured in a car crash, that kills her current boyfriend, Sophie is glad to escape Greek life and travel back to her mum's new home in East Anglia. Here, despite her fractious relationship with her mum, Sophie finally finds the space and peace she craves.
Torn between two worlds, and with a whole load of complications added to the mix, which life path will Sophie choose?
Kate Frost is an accomplished writing, with strong, believable characters and a style that hooks you right into the storyline. This is a story of tangled families, betrayal and choices that will make you look at your own life from a different perspective.
Highly recommended and a bargain at only £1.99 for Kindle.
You’ll enjoy this if you like : Jojo Moyes, Alison Bacon, Barbara Taylor Bradford.
Avoid if you don’t like : Greece, Greek food, Greek traditions, Greek men!
Ideal accompaniments : Feta salad washed down with a pint of English cider.
Genre : Contemporary