Fiancés, friends, and other animals. . .
After a year that sees a broken-off engagement and the death of her beloved father, Penny is desperate to get away.
Fulfilling a childhood dream, she sets off on a month-long pilgrimage to Corfu--an island idyll she knows only through the pages of Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals.
On the island, Penny quickly finds herself drawn into the lives of a tight-knit circle of strangers. Exploring--searching for the places the Durrells knew decades before--she makes unexpected discoveries about the hopes, fears, and secrets of the people living there today.
And as strangers start to be friends, lives past and present become entwined in ways none of them could have predicted. . .
Perfect holiday read
I read this book whilst out in Corfu. Apart from being a romantic novel, it describes this wonderful island in vivid detail and gave me lots of ideas of exploring parts of the island I hadn’t seen before, on the trail of the Durrell family, like Penny, the main protagonist. The story ends rather abruptly, which leaves the door open for a welcomed sequel.
Reading this book is almost as good as taking a holiday
In the year following the death of her father plus a broken engagement, Penny is grief stricken and feels utterly alone. She plans to spend a month in Corfu, the setting of both her and her father's favourite book by Gerald Durrell about his childhood on the Greek island. She and her father always intended a trip to Corfu together, now she'll do it alone visiting and painting locations she's only read about before.
The first evening in Corfu Penny goes to her local restaurant and befriends the owners, soon being absorbed into their customer's circle. Spending her days following the pages of Durrell's book and her evenings with her new friends, she finally begins to relax and enjoy life.
Descriptive and full of nostalgia, this will probably boost Corfu's tourist figures.