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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Joanne Tombrakos (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984007601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984007608
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,761,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joanne Tombrakos is a Storyteller, Marketing and Sales Consultant and Adjunct Professor in Digital Marketing at NYU. She blogs on demystifying digital for business and life at joannetombrakos.com 

What sets her apart from other consultants is that she is able to combine the perfect storm of a twenty-five year career in media advertising, sales and traditional marketing working for corporations that include CBS and Time Warner, expertise and hands on experience as an early adopter of digital, with skill as a storyteller. 

This offers her clients, whether a large corporation or an entrepreneur, insight, knowledge, and strategic direction to flourish in today's changing landscape. She brings a fresh perspective, energy and enthusiasm in an informal style to her customized workshop training programs and presentations. Topics range from: The Consumer in the Age of Digital, Selling to the Educated Consumer to Storytelling for Business.

She considers herself a creative entrepreneur and is the self-published author of It Takes An Egg Timer, A Guide to Creating the Time For Your Life and a novel, The Secrets They Kept. Joanne contributes to The Huffington Post, ForbesWoman and BlogHer. 

She has a passion for beaches, good wine and laughter. 
For more information: joannetombrakos.com

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Joanne Tombrakos deftly introduces the characters and events with rich, vivid description in an absorbing story of the Poulous family.
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This is wonderfully written and I look forward to reading more of Joanne's work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anand S. Jha on May 1, 2012
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The story is more from a woman's perspective, and perhaps a woman reader may connect with the story better. Overall, i liked it, but not loved it. We are all imbibed with values of love and respect for everyone, especially our family. This is what this novel is very strong on. The fact that the plot revolves around a secret is incidental, to my mind. This story is really more about love and caring that one ought to have for near and dear ones. Unwavering support is the very basis of all relationships, and this novel brings that fact very nicely. The novel itself could have been a little crisper and shorter, tending to get a little repetitive, but that is not a major drawback. The initial few chapters give away the novel being a first-time author's work, but I found the second half of the novel more taut, consistent and flowing. I really liked the ending. Recommended read.
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This was the author's first novel. Elena Poulous, a Greek-American attorney, gets the surprise of her life one weekend when the police notify her of the death of a Yiannis Poulous. Having never heard of him, she is somewhat further mystified to learn she has been listed as next of kin, nominated to settle his affairs. Her immediate task, apart from arranging his funeral, is to interrogate her family about this man and discover why she has never heard about him. But she heads straight into one brick wall after another, the most tight-lipped of her kin being her mother, Kristina. Who was this man, and why is everyone so reluctant to talk about him?

The plot, in black and white, doesn't really sound that compelling, but, the emotions that emerge from this Pandora's box of secrets, kept for so long, pack such a powerful punch, you are kept well and truly glued to the pages. Yiannis Poulous had no idea his humble request would bare some truths and make those whose lives he entered look at themselves very closely. He had no idea how some revelations would improve fragile relationships.

This is written with sincerity and feeling. Each and every character means something to you and you care deeply how each will fare. The threads of Greek culture and religious beliefs woven into the tale, and their importance, add dimension and interest to the drama.

Although an excellent debut, however, I really would urge the author to ensure her next novel is better edited than this one. There were endless errors which were irritating (amongst them a name change for poor old Giuseppe Mazzini who became Manzini). But the writing was good, the story well structured, the characters well developed, so there was plenty to keep me happy! Certainly an author to keep an eye out for.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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By Bruce on November 1, 2011
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America as a multicultural melting pot has been the theme of many a novel and historical record. Of the former, it's been common to focus on one particular ethnicity and the characteristics (i.e. traditions, etc.) associated with that group. The beauty of America is that the country has such a rich tapestry from which to color a narrative. There are many challenges faced by first novelists. Character development, plot line, dialogue, pacing - to name only a few. The writer has managed to elevate the story by successfully weaving all these elements together. This is done in short chapters titled with the names of principal characters, while also incorporating one of the more difficult aspects of a novel - seamlessly juxtaposing a past and present time line. I found my mind's eye imagining the character interaction in the settings described - a small apartment in NYC, Central Park, the lobby of an apartment building, etc. The venues and personalities are real and resonant. While I am not of Greek heritage, we are all to some extent a product of our environment and genes. The reader has no issue relating. Conflict exists on multiple levels. There is 'the secret' as implied by the title. Too, there are the myriad interpersonal relationships that develop thoughout the story and come full circle decades later while transending a generation. This is a thoughtful, engaging and compelling effort. I look forward to either the next installment - there's a sense that the thorougly contemporary attorney daughter whose character is well-developed may have her own yet to be lived story to tell or reading the next novel by the writer based on something totally different.
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By Pat on November 13, 2011
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Joanne Tombrakos deftly introduces the characters and events with rich, vivid description in an absorbing story of the Poulous family. She enhances the narrative by weaving the traditions which are inextricably bound to the daily lives of this Greek family. "The Secrets They Kept" resonates beyond the Greek community and can be appreciated by all readers as they can relate to the universal familial relationships and the impact of cultural traditions on their lives. In this terrific read, we can identify with the protagonist and how living in our society today pulls us in many directions and can distance ourselves from our "roots." We are challenged to continue traditions and embrace our roots, or to compromise the old world and the new world, or sadly abandon the traditions altogether. This is yet another compelling theme that surfaces while reading this wonderful story. I look forward to a sequel!
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More About the Author

Joanne Tombrakos is the Founder and Chief Storyteller at Joanne Tombrakos International, a marketing consultancy specializing in all things digital, specifically social media, content marketing and personal branding online. JT International offers corporate training, workshops and webinars as well as one-on-one consulting, all designed to improve Digital IQ so you and your brand stay marketable, stay relevant and stay sane in the digital age. The emphasis is always on educating and empowering through the use of practical tools and simple advice.

Her professional experience includes a background in traditional media, having held sales and marketing management positions at CBS and Time Warner in radio and television before embracing digital. That experience is a boon for her clients in that she has dealt with a myriad of industry and business over the years and brings that insight into today's rapidly changing environment.

An indie author she has published two books to date, It Takes An Egg Timer, A Guide to Creating the Time For Your Life and a novel, The Secrets They Kept. She blogs at www.joannetombrakos.com on demystifying digital for business and life. Her writing has also appeared in The Huffington Post, ForbesWoman and BlogHer.

An adjunct professor in Digital Marketing at NYU since 2013, Joanne is an active member of New York Women in Communications and speaks on topics ranging from personal branding online, selling in the age of the educated consumer to redesigning your life.

When not consulting, blogging or working on the next book, she can be found indulging in dance breaks, naps and dark chocolate.

For more information: www.joannetombrakos.com

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