What happens when four very different women reach crossroads in their lives and decide that, instead of facing the harshness of reality, they will run into the open arms of paradise? The result is a hilarious romp through the idyllic island of Corfu in Greece, where love is found, destiny is met, and friendships are forged.
Kim Green has created a cast of lovable characters. There is 46-year-old Claire Dillon, who has just discovered that her husband is having an affair. Parker Glass, the perfectionist, is recovering from a marriage that was anything but perfect --- lasting only eleven days. Desperately single Anya Soberanes believes she is cursed and will never find love. And finally, there’s Kelah Morris, who thinks she will never become the novelist she dreams of becoming and will, in turn, forever disappoint her mother.
Despite their differences, these four women from all over the world have much in common. They are all seeking fulfillment in their lives and the desire to discover their passions --- and have all chosen Corfu as the destination. During this island escape, each woman uncovers truths about herself. In PAGING APHRODITE Green has created a world of self-discovery, self-acceptance and the knowledge that, within all of us, there is an indispensable truth to who we are and what we want out of our lives. Green allows us to see what would happen if caution was thrown to the wind and we allowed ourselves to embark on a life-changing experience. What would happen if we stopped listening to all of those voices that create doubt and fear in our hearts and instead chose to follow a dream?
PAGING APHRODITE proves that sometimes you have to escape reality to find out what life is really all about. This is a light-hearted and life-affirming novel that lifts the spirit and shows us that life can be as spectacular as an island paradise.
Reviewed by Jocelyn Maeve Kelley on January 14, 2011