Love By Design

Effie Kammenou

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This is the second book in the Meraki Series by Effie Kammenou. I loved Kally’s story so was excited to find out more about her younger sister, Mia. I also hoped to find out more about the missing grandfather. 

There are even more recipes sprinkled throughout, these are more savoury so I’m getting a nice little list together! 


Mia Andarakis just landed her dream job at a luxury magazine. And even better, her boss is the handsome and enigmatic Nicholas Aristedis, a man she has crushed on from afar. But Nicholas isn’t who she imagined. Irascible and mercurial, his instant dislike for Mia makes it almost impossible for her to work with him.

Nicholas has faced many losses and heartaches in his thirty-two years. Determined to avoid heartbreak, he has closed his heart to love. But Mia awakens feelings in him he had long since denied. And soon he discovers their connection is deeper than he realized.

Mia and Nicholas embark on an adventure across picturesque locations as they launch a new publication and uncover the mystery behind her grandfather’s disappearance. But perhaps the greatest challenge is in learning to set aside their insecurities and fears. Can the two forget the traumas of their past? And will they ever learn to trust in the possibility of love? Find out in the second novel of The Meraki Series.


Mia is born in the wrong era, she loves the style and simplicity of the 1940s and 50s and I loved her all the more for that. I love the style of that time and although I can’t wear it nearly as well as Mia, I enjoyed reading about her wonderful outfits. 

Mia and Nicholas have a history they didn’t even know they shared. The mysteries that they have shrouded themselves in soon unravel and they form a bond over some shared experiences. I’m really pleased that Mia and Nicholas have such an exciting story, jet-setting over to Greece (tying in a trip to find out more about the missing grandfather, it doesn’t look good), and then a misunderstanding occurs. 

If you read my review for Love is What You Bake of it; you’ll know how much I love the miscommunication trope, it is one of my favourites as it seems slightly more true to life. 

Mia and Nicholas are both fantastic characters, however, I think my favourite character in this book was Penelope, Nicholas’ sister. She said what we were all thinking every time and I caught myself chuckling at her a few times. The characters are all well-written and we see Kally and Max pop up a few times, which was really nice. 

Krystina is next (I hope) and we’ll see how her relationship with Loukas (her neighbour that annoys the life out of her), pans out. Fingers crossed for the final instalment on the missing grandfather too!

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