The Greek Persuasion – Kimberly K. Robeson
Coming of age, LGBTQ+, women, mothers, grandmothers, romance, Greek mythology, empowerment, self-discovery, Greek islands
Thair Mylopoulos-Wright grew up with the preconceived notion that we all have our other half, Plato’s Symposium, Origin of Love. That there were round beings with four legs and four arms, two faces each having a pair of eyes, a mouth, and a nose. These beings were powerful that sought to be in the heavens, and Zeus saw that as a threat so he took a flaming sword to cut them in half, as a reminder and a lesson of what they should have appreciated. After a breakup with her long-term lover, James, she goes to Kythnos, Greece to write about her grandmother’s past as well as her mother’s past also. As Thair questions if there is such a thing as true love, she discusses with her mother about her mother’s lovers and her grandmother as well, and deeply examines herself. Thair goes down the rabbit hole of trying to find her Other Half and then taking a break from finding love to heal herself. To find herself again, she returns to Greece once more. What will Thair find while she is in Greece?
I really loved the usage of Greek mythology and I found myself in love with Thair in more ways than one. Thair’s story makes me wonder about myself and the types of love there are. As I was reading this, I didn’t see this as a typical romance story. It is above and beyond unique and very representative in thoughts of sexuality and partners. Thair does have a lust love but she is looking for romantic unconditional love as well. I really enjoyed reading this novel. Love isn’t something planned, in this case, love happened and happened hard. I highly recommend giving this a read whether one is looking for a novel about Greek mythology or simply pleasure reading for the romance. This book had made me laugh, cry, go ooh and aw. I hope possibly this author can make a sequel. It deserves a sequel for sure in my opinion.