It was OK

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This was a gentle, easy read story, good for winding down at bedtime with a few chapters. It reminded me of a Maeve Binchy style of novel- a nice setting, a community of people to get to know and a love interest hovering in the background.
The descriptions of Corfu, the food and wine were evocative and transporting. Enjoyable at a time when foreign travel has been difficult. The style was a bit laboured though, too many meaningful touches on shoulders and platonic cheek kisses to signify evolving friendship. All the standard tropes of a romantic novel - a mystery woman, the ex turning up at the wrong moment- were present. It felt very predictable, but that could be comforting in a bedtime story. The details about the Durrells were an interesting theme, but ultimately I didn't feel they elevated the novel beyond standard, cosy fiction.