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Blog Tour – Evanthia’s Gift by Effie Kammenou

Blog Tour – Evanthia’s Gift by Effie KammenouEvanthia's Gift (The Gift Saga #1) by Effie Kammenou
Series: The Gift Saga
Published by Author on August 7, 2015
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 564
Format: Mobi
Source: Hello Chick Lit

I received this book for free from Hello Chick Lit in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

In an Oyster Shell – It was a beautiful multi-generational love story rich with greek culture.

The Pearls – The story was incredibly thorough. There were no gaps in the storyline, though the book covered a couple generations. I was impressed with how she kept the stories separate and integrated at the same time.

My favorite romance of the story was Dean and Sophia. It was a romance that lasted over decades. It was my favorite part of the story. I feel like that could have been a book all it’s own just the story of them.

I loved how saturated this book was with Greek culture. I felt liked I learned a lot. I love how the author demonstrated her culture with pride. It was precious. I appreciate that she added some recipes into the mix too. I might have to try some.

The Sand – This story was incredibly long. I felt like it could of been cut down into a couple of books.

4 Stars

About Effie Kammenou

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 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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