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Making a new life
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 May 2022
Reading What Happens in Greece could convince anyone who's thinking of relocating, to actually make the decision and go, at times the book seemed to be written by the Crete Tourist Office.
Summary. Charlotte (Charlie) sells her flat and her business and she and her fiancé Jamie move to sunny Crete. They've bought a dilapidated village house and, for a future income, intend developing an outbuilding for holiday rentals. After three months Jamie becomes homesick and decides to return to Chester. Charlie stays on alone, spending the summer working on the house, making new friends and opens a combined bakery-cake shop in the village. This all sounded very attractive and achievable particularly as I was reading during cold wet weather.
Deducting points. Described as 'laugh-out-loud', no it wasn't, apart from the goat. Charlie and Jamie's plan was more of a sudden impulse than a longed for dream. Browsing the Internet one day, Charlie see a house that catches her eye, shows the advert to Jamie and suggests they move to the sunshine. A mere week later they fly to Crete, a favourite holiday destination of theirs, view the house and buy it. Returning to Chester, they put their flat on the market, it sells instantly, Charlie's cafe also sells straightaway. What Happens in Greece is a sweet romantic story viewed completely through rose tinted spectacles, fine, if that's all the reader wants. The author accentuates the positive without a single mention of countless delays, rules, red tape, permits and registrations required when moving to another country. If only it were that easy.
An abrupt end that I originally rated 2 stars, increased to 3 stars because Crete is described so enticingly: the island, the food and Charlie's neighbours, they were all wonderful.