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I simply adored this story! Full of culture, full of hysterical antics and full of self-discovery, this is not your average RomCom. These characters were fully developed, their story and drama was smart, relatable, culturally accurate and the chemistry Leylah was able to articulate between family, friends and lovers was superb. This story goes down as sweet and luscious as honey from Kythira 🍯 Moti on the Water is a summertime MUST READ recommendation for me!

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I liked the idea of a soul mate, but most days I was lucky if I found a hair tie that was compatible with my big, curly hair.

If there was one thing I learned in the kitchen, it was that food was more than the sum of its ingredients. Food absorbed the subtlest of nuances--the way it was sliced and stirred, the way it hit the pan. If you paid attention, food told you all kinds of secrets, like whether the oregano was gathered in the spring before it bloomed or in the summer, after it had been dried by the sun. Food told you if it was hastily thrown together or allowed to breathe and simmer. It spoke to you about care. Or neglect. Most of the time though, food slipped right through--because no one was listening--to be absorbed by all the things already simmering inside us.

Alex’s cooking was doing things to me. Strange, weird things. All my yearnings and burnings were eating and growing and taking form. His food was giving flesh to my feelings. Alex held the prism to the transcendental, and I filtered through in bands of rainbow emotions.

moti on the water

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A Greek family. An Indian family. A summer wedding on the Aegean coast…

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…

A standalone romantic comedy about family, love, and self-discovery.

ASIN: B07W1HGZ5W

ISBN: 1988054036

I'm a mom of 2 rad AF adults and 1 super cute fur babe. Hospital administration by day, yoga instructor by night, travel junkie, shoe addict, foodie and avid reader in all the spaces in-between. I got my love of books from my mama and honestly can’t remember a time in my life where reading wasn’t a daily priority. I’m a sappy hopeless romantic who’s a sucker for 2nd chances, mature characters, and serendipitous connections. In an ideal world, you can find me on the beach with an icy cold adult libation in one hand and my Kindle in the other.

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