Get ready to jet off to sunny Corfu with the first book in this new series by Francesca. I am thrilled to be on the first day of this fantastic tour and know there will be lots more to come from Francesca! A massive thanks to Francesca and Anne over at Random Things for sending me a gifted paperback copy to read and review.
What’s the book about?
In the post-pandemic world Melodie feels lost and alone, desperate to find something to remind her of her previous life. She sets out on a trip to Corfu to reconnect with happier times, only to be haunted by memories and events from the past.
While travelling Melodie meets an intriguing and handsome man who has the potential to change her future. However, will the young girl from the plane with piercing green eyes be the one to open the door to Melodie’s fate?
When I first read the synopsis for this book I was really intrigued by the fact that Francesca has actually set this story in the post pandemic world. I know a lot of authors have completely avoided anything to do with Covid in their books so I was looking forward to see how Francesca’s writing differed.
It actually felt so natural reading this book, I think because we could all relate to so many things in the story and the experiences that Francesca is facing. The pandemic isn’t front and centre of the book but it is mentioned at the start to set up the background to the story.
I really loved the blossoming relationship between Melodie and Anton, especially all the scenes with Gaia to – it just sung of innocent happiness and I really didn’t want things to come to an end. Nico on the other hand, well I didn’t like him one bit, he just aggravated me with his cocky nature which Francesca described so effectively!
The initial twist in the story was a big surprise to me – although looking back it probably shouldn’t have been but still. Again the emotions were so high in these scenes and you could really feel the initial awkwardness and anger turning into something much more meaningful. However, the second twist properly flawed me and I was on the verge of tears.
I’ll not say anymore as I’ll spoil the story but Francesca has left me wanting more and I can’t wait to hear about her next work!
About the author
Francesca Catlow loves to travel. Born and raised in the heart of Suffolk, Catlow has travelled extensively in Europe with her French husband and, more recently, their two young children. Of all the places she’s been it is the Greek islands that have captured her heart. She visits as often as family commitments allow.
She has previously written plays alongside being a lyricist and performer. This book is the first in a series. To stay up to date please visit http://www.francescacatlow.co.uk.