Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Book Review: MOTI ON THE WATER by Leylah Attar

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“Moti on the Water is an absolute gem of a romance–thoroughly entertaining and uniquely charming..”- Frolic


Moti on the Water, an all-new sensational summer must read from New York Times bestselling author Leylah Attar is available now!


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Meet Moti Ferreira—spectacularly jinxed from the day she’s born.

Saddled with an eccentric mother, she stumbles upon the one man who holds the key to her freedom—the best man at her cousin’s upcoming wedding.
All Moti has to do is overcome her fear of water, board a yacht to the Greek Isles, seduce the dreamy Nikos Manolas, and survive two weeks at sea with her oddball family.

The only obstacle Moti doesn’t see coming is Alexandros Veronis, the onboard chef and star witness to her awkward mishaps. He transforms onions into chocolate and aroma into nostalgia. Day by day, his alchemy works its magic on Moti. But she’s not the only one falling under his spell. Everyone has a secret, growing round and ripe at Chef Alex’s table. When the masks fall off, they spill out one by one, and everything blows up in their faces.

Now Moti’s truth is exposed, and worse, she’s hooked on more than Alex's midnight snacks. But this time, screwing up could be the best thing she’s ever done…


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MY THOUGHTS

MOTI ON THE WATER is the first Leylah Attar book I’ve read, and what a delight it was!

Poor Moti. Her life is definitely not carefree. Not only is her life driven by the prophecies of a clairvoyant her mother consulted at her birth, she is always expected to step up and help her family members. And if all that external pressure is not enough, Moti herself is somewhat awkward and clumsy, leading to some moments that are funny for readers but mortifying for Moti.

During the course of a holiday on a private yacht charter, we see the comical and outrageous actions of people forced to spend a length of time in proximity. And off to the side is Alex, the onboard chef whose meals are a revelation to Moti. She not only falls in love with the food, her attraction to Alex is immediate and somewhat inconvenient. He really is not what the clairvoyant foresaw...  And if you’re worried about a love triangle, don’t be. It’s clear Alex and Moti only have eyes for each other.

Apart from Moti and Alex, Naani, Moti’s grandmother was my favourite character. She is the kind of grandmother with great wisdom that comes from experience. She is quiet for the most part, yet is not afraid to make her thoughts known when necessary.

Oh, and I have to mention the location! The Aegean coast and a number of Greek islands provide a gorgeous background. Attar does a great job in describing the surroundings and they play a part in this well told story.

There’s something for everyone in this book; romance, adventure, humour, and more. I highly recommend it.



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About Leylah

Leylah Attar is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Best Selling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She is the recipient of the 2017 Indie Reader Discovery Award for fiction. Her books, which include Mists of The Serengeti, The Paper Swan, 53 Letters for My Lover (#1) and From His Lips (a 53 Letters novella #1.5), have been published in nine languages.


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