Santorini Sunsets

Griffin: St. Martin's. Aug. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781250094124. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250094131. F
New York socialite Brigit Palmer and celebrity heartthrob (think Tom Cruise) Blake Crawford are getting married in Santorini, Greece. They have never been so lucky in love and money. Everything seems to have fallen into place, until Nathaniel, Brigit's ex-husband, shows up. A failed novelist, Nathaniel has taken a journalist job at HELLO! magazine. He and his photographer Robbie are here to capture the wedding of the year—for $2 million, as negotiated by Blake, and unbeknownst to Brigit. But that's not all that Blake is hiding. Other secrets unravel as the wedding weekend proceeds, leaving Brigit to question Blake. Hughes (Island in the Sea; Rome in Love; Monarch Beach) combines flashbacks and present day within the same chapter to tell the story. If you can overlook the repetitive detailed landscape descriptions and picture-perfectness of it all, this is a fun novel, full of celebrity name-dropping and the glitz and glamour of a star-studded destination wedding.
VERDICT With a final twist that ties things up in a neat bow, this secret-laden novel will appeal to Hughes's dedicated fans.

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