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My Big Greek Family [Kindle Edition]

Maria Constantine
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Book Description

An Amazon #1 Bestseller in Parenting and Family Humour.

A heart-warming, humorous, family saga set in London where Greek traditions are challenged as three sisters embark on a journey of self-discovery in the quest for happiness and love.

As the family descend to celebrate Georgina's thirtieth birthday she finds it a struggle to wear the cloak of I'm-doing-just-fine. The time has come for Georgina to make some serious changes, if she is to lead the life she wants to lead as opposed to the life she is expected to lead. An encounter with Jake O'Sullivan finds her ready to take a chance on romance, but will she stumble at the first obstacle?

Georgina is not the only sibling in the Andreou household having to take stock of her life; Katherina is forced to face a secret she has kept buried for many years as feelings emerge for a new colleague, despite her resolve to make a go of a relationship with a suitor introduced by the family. Meanwhile, Sophia, the youngest of the sisters, and the most rebellious, discovers a new spiritual direction in her life.

A last-minute holiday to Greece challenges the sisters' bond as secrets unravel and hidden emotions finally surface on the veranda of their holiday retreat ...

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  • File Size: 3154 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Big Greek Family by Maria Constantine October 31, 2013
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My Big Greek Family by Maria Constantine

Thirty year old Georgina Andreou lives at home with her parents and two sisters Katherina and Sophia. Each woman is conflicted with life situations. They are a traditional Greek family and are supposed to live at home until they marry. The Three sisters decide to travel to Greece together where they form a special bind and decide it is time to make life changes. True happiness is what they seek, even if it means straying from family traditions.

A good story line, with likable characters. My Big Greek Family is a story of family, love, courage and struggles.
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I particularly wanted to read this novel to learn more about the dynamics of the modern Greek family and the status of women, as on holidays in Greece I'd got the impression that it was still quite an unequal society, and I wanted to get a better understanding before I went on holiday there recently.

Reading "My Big Greek Family" was enlightening in this regard, and it also made me very sympathetic towards the younger generation of Greek women who are trying to change old-fashioned attitudes. While respecting their families and their traditional values, they resent being constrained by their parents' expectations of arranged marriages to Greek men.

The story here concerns Greeks living in London, but within a traditional Greek family set-up, with pressure put upon the three sisters to remain in the parental home until they marry, even when they are earning good money in high-powered jobs. The three grown-up daughters in the story have very different personalities and careers, but each wants more freedom than their parents are willing to grant. During the course of the book, they change and grow, gaining the courage to be true to themselves. Sharing a holiday in Greece away from their parents allows them the distance they need to make that leap. It's a gentle story that will appeal to anyone interested in family life in a different cultural setting, and while it's not exactly action-packed, it's an agreeable and thought-provoking read.

Setting the story partly in London and partly in Greece added another level of interest: the issue of belonging for the extensive Greek diaspora (or indeed any other diaspora). While in London they seem very Greek, but in Greece they feel rather like tourists.
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Maria Constantine draws you right into the lives of the characters--sisters trying to find their identity in a traditional Greek family living in modern day London. The sisters must make choices that may not set right with their parents, focused on finding them husbands. The pressure is on the older daughter, Georgina, to marry first. Though my life was a bit hectic while reading this novel, I found myself being drawn back to the intriguing storylines of this family every spare second I had. Lots of conflicts until a special vacation in Greece binds them together where they come to terms with life issues and make decisions about their futures.
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An insightful and entertaining expose on the old adage that "a good man is hard to find," especially if you are limited to Greek men only through family-arranged introductions. The writing is so smooth and the characters so engaging that I felt like I was a part of this Greek family living in London. Excellent story about breaking out of cultural traditions to find ourselves. Was fun getting inside the thinking of the three Andreau sisters. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow starter but good book August 31, 2014
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It was a little hard to get into at first but once I got a handle on the characters, it was quite enjoyable! It ended too quickly then! Hopefully there will be a Part 2 or some kind of continuation of this story! Now that the characters are developed she could take us on a journey to see where their life choices take the three sisters.
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More About the Author

Maria Constantine's second-generation Greek-Cypriot origins were a source of inspiration for her debut novel, 'My Big Greek Family'. She was born and raised in London, studied Law at Queen Mary University followed by Lancaster Gate Law College and then worked in a London law firm. Maria later decided to broaden her horizon and enrolled at the Institut Francais and Goethe Institut before working abroad for a number of years teaching English as a foreign language.

She is currently living in London and working on the sequel to 'My Big Greek Family'. You can read more about Maria's writing on her website;, where she also shares exclusive Greek family recipes of dishes featured in her book.

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