Thursday, June 2, 2016

"Evanthia's Gift," by Effie Kammenou

"Evanthia's Gift," is a highly-rated saga sure to please fans of romance and stories of family life!

Evanthia's Gift (The Gift Saga Book 1), by Effie Kammenou
559 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 50 reviews

"For being Book 1 of a series this fresh novel covers a lot of territory - two couples, two countries, and two generations. We learn more about Greek culture (and cuisine!), about the plight of immigrants, and about the solidification of friendships - and then we transfer to life in New York and the riches are equal, just different. Effie's ability to recreate war times (1943 and the Nazi deportations), the flavor to the 1950s and the spunk of the 1970s and ending it in the late 1990s makes her book much more that `memoir' type story - It is enhanced historical fiction and that makes of a wonderfully solid read." -- Amazon Reviewer

A love story spanning decades - deepened by tradition, heritage, loss, struggle, perseverance and loyalty.

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.


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Effie Kammenou is a believer that it is never too late to chase your dreams, follow your heart or change your career. She is proof of that. At one time, long ago, she'd thought that, by her age, she would have had an Oscar in her hand after a successful career as an actress. Instead, she's worked in the optical field for 40 years and has been the proud mother of two accomplished young women. Effie 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. Member of Women's Fiction Writer's Association & Romance Writers of America Follow Effie on Twitter@EffieKammenou Visit her Facebook author page www.facebook.com/effiekammenou Contact Effie at effiekammenou@gmail.com

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