Falling in Honey

Falling in love (and out of it) can be tricky enough on your home ground. But what if it entails moving countries, changing jobs and starting all over? With everything?

Author, Jennifer Barclay, discovered it was as dislocating as it sounds, but also exhilarating. She embraced the new lifestyle of her chosen island, Tilos, in the Aegean, as well as  of course– a new love.

But that is jumping ahead. First there was a holiday on which she fell head-over-heels in love – with Tilos. Then a shattering end to a relationship, her return to Tilos, and the honey-sweet life there amongst the warm-hearted locals, the herb-strewn hillsides, gnarled olive trees, pristine beaches. You get the cliche.

But this is more than just a romance. Through her changes and disappointment, as you read the book, you see Jennifer growing and changing, becoming her new self. She cuts back on her formerly frenetic workpace, puts the brakes in jumping into a new relationship too soon, and spends a month on the island, recharging and regrouping. 

With her mind clearer and her direction surer she decides to face life back again in Britain, and it is then that fate takes a hand. There are twists and turns aplenty in this book, and while the course of love is not always sweet, the honey overtones of a magical island persist.

Falling in Honey, life and love on a Greek island, by Jennifer Barclay, published by Sourcebooks, March 2014, paperback, rrp. US $14.99.

- reviewed by Sally Hammond

 

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