There are some locations that people visit and never think of again and others that change the visitor’s life and leave an imprint after only a short time. For Jennifer Barclay, that location was Greece and once the Londoner visited, she felt the nagging pull to return throughout her life. Jennifer had seen Greece on holiday as a young girl, as a young woman in University and as an adult. She always seemed to know, even at a young age, how to recognize the call of the islands. After undergoing one emotionally stressful situation, Jennifer decides to head back and as time goes on and more events unfurl, not all good, she takes a leap of faith and decides to follow her dreams.
Falling in Honey is named after a Greek expression for falling in love which Jennifer certainly does with Greece and eventually her fiance Matt. Matt also loves the islands and the two begin to make big plans for a life together in a tiny town. Greece healed Jennifer’s broken heart before and with Matt she is ready to let it fill her heart and her life. The book however does not read as a love story, but rather a travel memoir with relationship tidbits and various people introduced throughout. In travel writer form, Barclay seems to keep emotions in check and while she does share, the book is not overly emotional or flowery. Her descriptions of the people she meets in Greece, particularly on Tilos and the sights she sees are warm, descriptive and inviting, but in a way it almost seems like Barclay intentionally keeps everyone on the sidelines as to not to pull attention away from the setting. She does do a nice job of updating the reader on the people she does meet and befriend, such as a local man Manolis, and provides details into their personalities and behaviors as she returns.
Barclay holds nothing back on relationships, her own fears, job changes, love, new adventures and so much more. She writes with a cool resolve that does not alienate the reader, but rather allows for reflection and observation, which seems to be exactly what Barclay herself strives for in her own life.
Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader. Random musings can be found over at www.goldiesays.com.
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