Evanthia's Gift by Effie Kammenou
Book 1: The Gift Saga
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: August 7, 2015
Format: Paperback - 558 pages
Kindle - 1870 KB
ISBN: 978-0692471838ASIN: B013MG484M
Genre: Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets - ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family.
The story continues in the 1970’s as Dean and Demi Papadakis, and Sophia Giannakos attempt to negotiate between two cultures. Now Greek-American teenagers, Sophia and Dean, who have shared a special connection since childhood, become lovers. Sophia is shattered when Dean rebels against the pressure his father places on him to uphold his Greek heritage and hides his feelings for her. When he pulls away from his family, culture and ultimately his love for her, Sophia is left with no choice but to find a life different from the one she’d hoped for.
Evanthia's Gift is a multigenerational love story spanning fifty years and crossing two continents, chronicling the lives that unify two families.
My Book Review:
In her debut novel, Evanthia's Gift, author Effie Kammenou weaves a beautifully written multi-generational Greek-American love story that will pull at the heartstrings. This compelling family saga spans fifty years (1950s - 2000s), and transports the reader to two continents: Greece and New York, chronicling the rich Greek culture and heritage, lives, and relationships that unifies and intertwines two families.
Evanthia's Gift is a compelling multi-generational Greek-American family saga of life, love, family, choices, and consequences. The story follows the lives of Ana and her daughter Sophia, and the trials and tribulations they both face in life and love. The author does a wonderful job of weaving an emotional and dramatic story that easily captivates the reader's attention, and transports them through fifty years of Greek tradition and culture, family life and duty, hopes and dreams, love and loss, secrets and truth, and second chances that will stir the soul.
Evanthia's Gift is written in a richly descriptive style that flows so smoothly through the decades as the story of Ana and Sophia unfolds. There are enough intriguing twists and turns and stunning dramatic scenes interwoven throughout the story that will have the reader experiencing the full gamut of emotions and wanting more. So what is Evanthia's gift ... you'll have to read the story to find out. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the author intersperses the chapters with wonderful Greek recipes that will make the reader's mouth water. I look forward to reading the next book in The Gift Saga.
Evanthia's Gift is an amazing women's fiction tale of heritage, culture, family, friendship, and love.
RATING: 4 STARS
About The Author
Effie Kammenou is a first generation Greek-American who lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, or posting recipes on her food blog, cheffieskitchen.wordpress.com, you can find her cooking for her family and friends.
Her debut novel, Evanthia's Gift, is a women’s fiction multigenerational love story and family saga, influenced by her Greek heritage, and the many real life accounts that have been passed down. She continues to pick her father’s brain for stories of his family’s life in Lesvos, Greece, and their journey to America. Her recent interview with him was published in a nationally circulated magazine.
As an avid cook and baker, a skill she learned from watching her Athenian mother, she incorporated traditional Greek family recipes throughout the book.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Hofstra University.
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