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After the heartbreak of losing her first husband, Daphne is ready to marry practical Stephen. But she cannot move forward without looking back, and she feels compelled to move the wedding to tiny Erikousa, Greece, where Daphne spent every childhood summer with her beloved Yia Yia. As Daphne regains the inner peace she felt swimming in the Ionian Sea and eating Yia Yia’s traditional food, her shy five-year-old daughter, Evie, opens up and thrives among the boisterous neighbors and feral cats. The one dark spot is the fisherman, Yianni, who is cold to Daphne (and vice versa) but dedicated to Yia Yia. Daphne learns the history of the deep connection between the surly fisherman and her grandmother. She also learns to open herself up to the voices of the cypress trees. Though Daphne’s journey is the emotional center of the book, the real star is the island of Erikousa, from the sun-baked patios to the spitting widows who meet every ferry. There is just enough humor to balance the heartache, and a dash of history adds depth. Readers will be transported. --Susan Maguire

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“There is just enough humor to balance the heartache, and a dash of history adds depth. Readers will be transported.” (Booklist)

“The power of family tradition and heritage is compassionately explored in Corporon’s debut. . . [she] can tell a good tale, and her love for her Greek heritage permeates the story.” (Publishers Weekly)

When the Cypress Whispersis a rich, emotionally-nuanced story about a woman’s deeply held connection to her family and her past. With an evocative setting and finely-drawn characters, Corporon creates a beautiful world you won’t soon forget.” (Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author)

When The Cypress Whispers is an unforgettable book about what it truly means to love and be loved. . . Yvette has taken the myths, history and culture of our homeland and crafted a deeply moving story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished the last page.” (Maria Menounos)

“Exquisitely written. A profoundly beautiful love story of the magical Greek island of Erikousa and the undeniable love and bond between Daphne and her beloved Yia-yia. It’s an enchanting read exploring Greek myths and the importance of understanding your fate and following your heart.” (Laura Schroff, New York Times-bestelling author of An Invisible Thread)

When the Cypress Whispers is a beautiful story about family, friendship and faith—the things I value most in life. Yvette has done a wonderful blending the past and the present to write an unforgettable novel that will make you both laugh and cry.” (Mario Lopez)

“Sun-drenched, evocative and a wee bit magical, When the Cypress Whispers is both a perfect beach read and a compelling portrait of a family of strong women.” (Shelf Awareness)

“A compelling and beautiful novel.” (Luxuryreading.com)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Ed 1st Printing edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062267582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062267580
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon is a novel situated in one of the most beautiful places on Earth: a small Greek island. I just love Greece, and the book described some amazing scenery which really brought me back to the vacation my husband and I took a few years ago.

In When the Cypress Whispers Daphne lost the love of her life Alex in a tragic accident. It’s been years, and she and her daughter Evie have since moved on. Daphne will soon marry Stephen, who is wealthy and has helped Daphne create her dream of owning a successful restaurant in NYC. When Daphne takes Evie to the Greek isle of Erikousa before the wedding (which will be on the island later), Evie and Daphne fall back in love with this amazing place.

At the same time, Daphne finds out that her grandmother, Yia-yia, is hiding a secret. An amazing secret that makes Daphne question herself and the life she has made.

I really really wanted more of the historical fiction part of the book. It was such a tiny piece, and I think that with more of that historical fiction, which was on the island during WWII, the book would have been a great read. It felt too glossed over for me, and left me wanting more, but not in the best way.

For me, the book was a little too light, too much of a predictable story.

Who is this book for? Someone who enjoys lighter women’s fiction with a touch of unknown history thrown in.

Have you ever been to Greece?

Thanks for reading,

Rebecca @ Love at First Book
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I normally don’t read contemporary women’s fiction because it has never held my attention. However, When the Cypress Whispers is a unique blend of contemporary fiction, historical flashbacks and Greek mythology. I loved reading Daphen’s Grandmother’s stories from her past as she shared them with her granddaughter. I enjoyed learning Greek mythology as Daphne’s daughter was told the stories of Ariadne and Arachne. I could almost taste the Greek dishes that were prepared because the author described them so well.

When the Cypress Whispers is so expertly told that I could actually see the story come to life as I read it. When the Cypress Whispers doesn’t end like a fairy tale, instead it reminded me more of a Greek tragedy. Don’t expect it to be your typical happy ever after story.

I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
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Erikousa was a refuge for Daphne. Spending summers with her grandmother, listening to the old myths, and finally being able to be herself. But many years later Daphne is grown up, and she is finally returning to her refuge after many years. Only now she is truly an American - running her own restaurant, 5 year old daughter in tow, and engaged to a wealthy banker. She thinks she's finally made it.

When the Cypress Whispers shows that sometimes what you think you want isn't what you really want. It takes us back to Daphne's Greek roots. While there is no huge action scene or great mystery, the story unfolds beautifully. Through Daphne's grandmother and friends she is able to reconnect with the stories she knew so well as a child and learn new ones, real ones, a part of her history that is inspiring but immensely sad at the same time.

The story isn't just about Daphne, it is also about her daughter who seems adrift when she first arrives in Greece. She was adorable and watching her come out of her shell while surrounded by her extended family was a lot of fun. There's a bit of a love story, but it's not a romance and it's hidden deep for most of the story. Now that spring is here and the weather is getting warmer, this would be the perfect book to enjoy with a cool drink and a fresh breeze.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
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Indeed, life DOES come full circle ...history DOES repeat itself and Corporon shows us all just how true that is with the magic of her words. Others have given a full synopsis so i will refrain....Daphne was raised an American but in her youth she summered with relatives on the island of Erickousa. The best of both worlds was a gift from her now-deceased parents and her beloved yia-yia. And now she is back for her impending wedding with her young daughter.

The whispers of guidance, the gift of generations,close your eyes and you
too will learn to hear the stirrings in the breeze. What begins as a pleasant read develops into an intricately spun web of love,innate sense of tradition and beliefs, and a cast of characters that will make you laugh, smile, weep, and wanna dispense some hugs! And if you think you know what the ending is...think again.
So get yourself a cuppa tea, sit back and delve into one of the most enticing reads you'll get the chance to read.
ps- i want my OWN yia-yia and my favorite character of all- cousin Poppi, ohhhhh yeah ;)
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When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon is the story of a single mother named Daphne. Widowed young, she is left alone to bring up her daughter. Her own upbringing was a mixture of a home life in New York and summers in Greece (the island of Erikousa) with her cherished Yia-yia (grandmother). Even with the back and forth between locales, her life is based upon a traditional Greek upbringing.

Years later, alone (parents deceased) with her daughter, Daphne makes the decision to marry but decides she wants to do it in Greece returning to Erikousa with her daughter and fiancé. As she returns to her happy memories and her beloved elderly Yia-yia on Erikousa, she feels as if something is missing, that her grandmother has withheld important history. And she wonders whether or not she is ready for marriage again.

This is a novel that paints a vivid portrait of life on a Greek Island complete with sounds, smells, and lovely renderings of people. However, it's a predictable romantic story that yields few surprises.

Good for a summer vacation read.
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