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Review – Waiting for Aegina by Effie Kammenou

Review – Waiting for Aegina by Effie KammenouWaiting for Aegina (The Gift Saga Book 2) by Effie Kammenou
Series: The Gift Saga #2
on January 6, 2017
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 388
Source: Author

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


In 1961, five little girls moved into a suburban neighborhood and became inseparable, lifelong friends. They called themselves the ‘Honey Hill Girls,’ named after the street on which they lived. As teenagers they shared one another’s ambitions and dreams, secrets and heartaches. Now, more than thirty years later, they remain devoted and loyal, supporting each other through triumphs and sorrows.

Evanthia's Gift follows the life of Sophia Giannakos. In Waiting for Aegina the saga continues from the perspectives of Sophia and her friends as the story drifts back and forth in time, filling in the gaps as the women grow to adulthood.

Naive teenage ideals are later challenged by harsh realities, as each of their lives takes unexpected turns. Now nearing their fiftieth year, Sophia, Demi, Amy, Mindy and Donna stand together through life-altering obstacles while they try to regain the lighthearted optimism of their youth.

The Honey Hill Girls are back in this second book with more drama than ever. Sophia is going through a depression after she has her youngest. She thinks it’s post-partum when it is really just having a lot going on at once. Her real father is dying, among other things that trigger her anxiety. Amy has a secret that’s about to come out and could jeopardize her campaign. Demi suspects something is going on with her husband. Mindy is going through some rough relationships. While Donna is realizing hers is over. Though everyone has their own problems the Honey Hill Girls stick together and help each other through.

In ” an Oyster Shell – A satisfying women’s fiction.

The Pearls – The story is unique to me. Following the lives of five women through a span of time present and past. Though a little slow in the action the story takes you over and you find yourself engrossed in these women’s stories. This story evokes a lot of emotion from elation to sadness to frustration. You feel what the characters are feeling.

The characters are vibrant and strong. The women are well-done characters that give you strength because they are that strong. The supporting characters add to the story as well. Overall, it’s a well-rounded cast of characters which makes up most of the story. It’s a character driven plot.

The settings were all over the place. From Greece to the suburbs of New York City, to the city itself. It felt like the author brought the reader on a journey. I felt as if I had gone to all those places. It was nice. My favorite setting was the family’s vineyard.

The Sand – It could be a little slow at times but the characters made up for that.

4.5 Pearls!

4.5 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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  • cindy April 6, 2017, 4:22 am

    This is exactly the type of book that I look for. Thanks you for sharing this. I will definitely read this author’s books.
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    • Jessica April 17, 2017, 6:07 pm

      This is the second book in the series… I suggest reading the first one.

  • Effie Kammenou April 19, 2017, 3:54 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring Waiting for Aegina and taking the time to review.

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