Apokeri Bay by Jackie Watson

Apokeri Bay by Jackie Watson

Romance and adventure on a small Greek island



Please join me on my stop on this blogtour and travel with me to the small Greek island of Lefkada and the fictional bay of Apokeri, where recent graduate Anna Jenkinson has finished her island hopping tour. Her friends are moving on, but she has decided to stay.

She wants time to reflect on what to do next in her life. Should she move with her partner John to London, as he wants, return to her home town of Newcastle, or spread her wings further in the world?

As Anna settles into island life, under the benign patronage of artist Kristina Nilssen, she finds her place in the community, taking work to help Kristina manage holiday apartments, helping out at a local restaurant, advising businesses on expansions and making friends with locals and expats alike.

Only Daniel, a local business owner with ties to Kristina, is immune to her charms. But his employee Filip is smitten – and it seems Anna returns the favour. The pair are soon in a relationship, as Daniel glowers on.

But how will it all end?

Even a bright Greek island has its dark side …

This is not a typical holiday romance. While you can enjoy exploring Apokeri bay in all its Greek beauty and getting to know the mostly charming residents of the small but vibrant community, and thrill to the will they/won’t they excitement of the Anna/Filip/Daniel triangle, you’re also challenged by some of the themes in the book.

For even the brightest Greek island has its dark side, and this is explored in the story of Filip’s family, especially his sister, Stefania.

Family tensions are also to the fore in Anna’s own fractured relationship with her parents back in England’s north-east.

There’s plenty drama, some danger and many dilemmas for Anna as the narrative progresses. At times she seems to act out of character, and not at all as a romantic heroine should, but the narrative allows the reader to see her grow.

Tantalisingly this book is the first of a proposed trilogy and though it wraps up with a strong resolution, there is more to come – for Anna, and for the reader.

I await the next chapter with interest.

Apokeri Bay by Jackie Watson is published in paperback and ebook by Hawthorn-Wren


About the Author

After twenty years in marketing Jackie Watson took a leap of faith and embarked on a new life as a women’s contemporary fiction author. However, writing is not a new love, but an ongoing passion. And the Apokeri Bay trilogy was born from a recurring dream of a feisty female protagonist who unexpectedly falls in love with a quaint seaside village on the Greek island of Lefkada.

Keep in touch with Jackie at her website www.jackiewatsonwrites.com

Follow her on Facebook @JackieWatsonWrites

Find her on X @JackiewWrites 


Thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on this blogtour and to the author for the copy of the book.

Catch up with the rest of the blogtour at the links on the poster







More reviews of books set in Greece

One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke

A Taste of Greek Summer by Mandy Baggott

Behind the Olive Trees by Francesca Catlow



  • Anne Cater
    Posted at 09:38h, 19 February Reply

    Thanks for the blog tour support x

  • Jackie Watson
    Posted at 18:37h, 19 February Reply

    Thank you so much for the review. And the next chapter is out in May!

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