Of All Days (Of All Hearts Series) by Lily Baines
The perfect reading “snack”: lite yet delicious…
Of All Days, the third book in Lily Baines’ Of All Hearts Series, is a wonderful addition to an already great contemporary romance series. Olivia Duncan is convinced that the presentation of her research at the international HR conference in Corfu Greece will be the big break her career needs. In anticipation, she meticulously prepares everything; from her presentation to her wardrobe and makeup. What she doesn’t anticipate are airline delays and the loss of her luggage, leaving her in Corfu with only her laptop and the clothes on her back. But another series of mishaps sends her fleeing to a smaller village to nurse her battered pride where she ends up in the tavern of Niko Teresi. Niko understands that sometimes life is best lived off the corporate ladder and sets out to help Olivia find out what truly makes her happy.
“But, when the moment came, Olivia Duncan’s plans were as effective as the Titanic’s promise for a second voyage.”
Set on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu, Of All Days has the most beautiful backdrop for an equally beautiful story. The breathtaking scenery is a constant visual reminder to Olivia that there is so much more to life than her job and that even her most embarrassing moments can not hold a candle to these bigger things. Lily portrays Olivia’s experience in a way that everyone can relate to, encompassing all the emotions: shock, despair, anger, and hope in a story that works through one of the fundamental questions in life; how should you live your life to be truly be happy. Niko first meets Olivia at time she considers her worst; no make-up, her hair a natural frizzy mess, and dressed in a cheesy souvenir t-shirt. Yet, this is her most honest self and he is drawn to her strength, determination, and natural beauty.
Reading is food for the soul
Most readers have a wide ranging palette similar to our appetite for food. Sometimes we want a hearty and rich dinner and sometimes we crave a lite and delicious snack. Lily Baines is one of my “snack” authors of choice. Her books are a romantic escape from the burdens and responsibilities of life and a reprieve from the deeper, more consuming stories we all love to read. Her characters are relatable and likeable, her settings are fascinating and breathtaking, and her stories are fresh not canned. Get all three books in her Of All Hearts Series for a some great summer reading.