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My Mamma Mia Summer
By Annie Robertson
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She has a dream…now she’s going to live it!
When her beloved grandmother, Marnie, passes away, Laurel is left with a small inheritance and a note telling her to follow her dreams. As she and Marnie always did in difficult times, Laurel turns to her ABBA albums and her favourite film, Mamma Mia! Without pausing for thought, she grabs her passport, dons her best dungarees, and jets off to Skopelos for her own Meryl-inspired adventure….
Laurel books into the faded but charming Villa Athena and befriends its eccentric owner. As she explores the island’s famous sights and finds herself caught between the attentions of a handsome writer and the charms of Athena’s grandson Nikos, Laurel is having the time of her life…. But should she return to her life in London, or could this be where she truly belongs?
I’ve always loved Abba. So, I was delighted when a friend recommended this book. It grabbed me from the beginning and held my attention. I was right there with Laurel, as she traveled to this Greek island where Mamma Mia was filmed, made new friends, and dealt with interesting challenges. I stayed up late a couple of nights with this book, losing sleep over what would happen to these characters. The British narrator of this Audible version does an excellent job creating a separate voice for each character.
You don’t need to be familiar with Abba or Mamma Mia to enjoy this book. It’s not about Abba or Mamma Mia. They’re just the backdrop to the story. My Mamma Mia Summer is about following your dream.
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Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
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