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Truly, Madly, Greekly
by Mandy Baggot
From the very beginning you know that something bad has happened to Ellen and that she's struggling to keep it all together. She has to deal with her little sister, who just so happens to be planning her wedding. They've taken a trip to the island of Corfu, where Lacey, the little sister, plans on having the big day. I can only imagine what it must feel like to have your own life falling apart around you, while your sister appears to have it all together with the perfect happily ever after ending.
Ellen is going through some seriously bad stuff, but I'm not finding that she's moaning on and on, so that's a good thing. In fact, she's going out of her way to please her little sister. But her work keep phoning her and she's ignoring it, which just seems stupid. Answer the goddam phone!
Another thing that I just can't seem to wrap my head around is that her ex, the one who proposed but she turned down, stole all the money that her mother left to her. That's right, took all the money out of her account. And she didn't report it. Didn't report it! How stupid! It was then, when I read that little piece of information that I had to take a moment and regroup. Ellen is, clearly, a wet lettuce. I don't know how I'm going to end up feeling about her, but at the moment it's not looking good.
Yan works at the hotel Ellen and Lacey are staying at, and he too is fighting back a terrible past. I know more about Ellen than Yan, but there is a split narrative, which I'm finding is really working so far. All I do know about Yan is that he's from Bulgaria (cue lots of stilted English, which surprisingly works well) and he has the head of the Bulgarian mafia after him. So, you know, pretty bad.
I like the different narratives of Yan and Ellen, it gives an insight into both characters, and it's really built a good character of Ellen through both her POV and Yan's descriptions and observations.
It's a bit of a mixed bag for Truly, Madly, Greekly so far, I want to like this book, partly because of the title, and also because it just sounds so fun and appealing. Hopefully I get along with Ellen's character better in the rest of the book. Expect a review soon!
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Labels: 2015, Book, First Impression Friday, Mandy Baggot, Published 2015, Truly Madly Greekly