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Apollo's Daughter (1980)

by Rebecca Stratton

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Eighteen-year-old Bethany Meandis's stepfather (Pavlos) has recently died and now she and her younger brother Takis have a guardian, hero-Nikolas Meandis (who is in his 30's). Kind Pavlos adopted Bethany when she was young and she has been living happily on the tiny Greek island of Apolidus, which she adores.

{Bethany's mother left her and her father years ago (Bethany's parents were both artists, her father a painter, her mother a sculptor) and Bethany has moved from place to place with her father till he eventually left her in an artist commune when she was five. Her mother got married again (to Pavlos) and Pavlos adopted Bethany and she went to live with him and her mother on Apolidus. (After some years Bethany's mother left Pavlos and later on died in a car crash.)}

So Bethany finally had some stability in her life and now, with Pavlos's death, Nikolas (Pavlos's cousin) comes along as guardian and wants to change all that. He wants to take her to another island so she can visit Pavlos's family, whom Bethany never knew existed. Nikolas wants to send Takis to a school, make changes Bethany doesn't want...

This was an okay read. The back story of all the family members was very confusing. So many family members...wives leaving husbands, husbands leaving wives, parents reappearing and disappearing. It was hard to keep track of it all at times. The hero was alright, but I didn't like how he kept calling the heroine "child". She (Bethany) was young (18) and naïve, but hardly a child. I found it distracting at times and not very romantic.

This was an average read from the 80's. ( )
  SandraLynne | Nov 16, 2016 |
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Bethany could not really remember being anything but Bethany Meandis or living anywhere but Apolidus, although she had in fact travelled extensively during the first five years of her life.
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She'd fight every inch of the way!

Bethany's life on a Greek island had been carefree and loving until her stepfather, Pavlos, died. Now his stern cousin, Nikolas, was determined that Bethany act like a traditional Greek lady.

Not if Bethany could help it! Nikolas must realize she wouldn't be tamed. What Bethany didn't realize was that Nikolas Meandis usually succeeded in whatever he attempted.

And inevitably, as Bethany changed from girl to woman, she found she didn't mind at all!
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Harlequin Contemporary Romance, based on a lot of exciting travel among the Greek Islands.

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