Firstly I wish to thank Rachel Gilbey and Authoright for inviting me on to the Blog Tour for Sun Sea and Sex by Greta Horwood
Escaping to live on a Caribbean island, Zeeta and her two best friends reflect on their turbulent lives, loves and the decisions that shaped them.
Growing up Zeeta always strove to be the perfect daughter and be everything her parents hoped. Unfortunately, she soon realised that she’d never be good enough, it’s her brother who holds their love. Thankfully, she can always turn to her lifelong friend Sheila —a boy-mad teenager whose love of the opposite sex will follow her into adulthood with a rollercoaster of consequences. Determined to make something of her life Zeeta continues to be a model student and earns a place at cookery college where good qualifications should pave the way to a career and security. But getting the job she wanted proved impossible. However, a chance meeting on her train to work with Peggy —a vibrant and successful career woman— who offers Zeeta an exciting new job in London changes the course of her life forever.
Happily enjoying her new independence, and friendship with Peggy, Zeeta finally feels like life and luck is on her side. And so whilst at a work conference when she unexpectedly meets her childhood friend Martin Zeeta wastes no time throwing herself into a whirlwind romance. And when Martin proposes marriage she doesn’t hesitate but love never did run smoothly and all too soon Zeeta’s bliss leads to disaster and heartbreak. Reeling from events, on the rebound and emotionally unready, Zeeta quickly falls into a second marriage. But her second husband has a dark side one with a depraved sexual appetite. Trapped and afraid it is only with the help and support of her two best friends, Sheila and Peggy, that Zeeta will find the strength to finally emerge free and independent.
A story of life, love and friendship, Sun, Sea and Sex by Greta Horwood is the perfect next read for fans of commercial women’s and romantic fiction .
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is primarily the friendships and sexually relationships that Zeeta experiences throughout her life from being a young teenager. Her views on how she sees other girls react to men and how she sees men react to women. I have to say that I didn’t find Zeeta a likeable character and rather felt that she was an understandably confused girl who yearned for affections from her friend Andrea’s family, because her own family had non for her. Zeeta didn’t even seem to notice the hurt it cost Andrea, she was so desperate to be part of a family. It was like watching a cuckoo at work taking the place of the existing family member.
Although set round London it also felt like it could have been another country with another culture, with characters given British names. Zeeta’s parents wore no clothes at home either which was quite bizarre. Every encounter with a boy or man always suggested that everything centred round sex. Go for out for dinner then it was expected you had sex. Go for a walk and it was expected you had sex. It does make the men out in society as very shallow. Although eventually she does find a couple of nearer normal partners.
Zeeta doesn’t always make good choices and neither do her friends but there are a couple of her friends that are constant features throughout her life. At only 117 page this isn’t a long book and I can honestly say it isn’t like anything that I have read before. If you fancy something that is very different to the norm’ then you may like this. I can’t really suggest that it is like anything else I have read.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Retired and living in Great Horwood, Buckinghamshire Greta Horwood is the pen name for Patricia Rudkin. An active member of her community, Patricia has worked as the secretary for the Village Hall management committee, arranged village fetes and fundraising events and worked as the caretaker for Great Horwood Village School. Along with her late husband, she also used to run a youth club called Great Horwood Sports and Activities Club. And up until last January she was a weekly contributor to the Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser and Great Horwood Village News. Patricia is also Membership Secretary and Welfare Officer for the Blue-Pointed Siamese Cat Club Committee and life member of the Seal Pointed Siamese Cat Club. She fund raises for cat welfare, via eBay for both clubs. Her other interests include Genealogy.