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When the Cypress Whispers Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 1, 2014
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“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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Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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*
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 ;)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book from the very beginning! I would actually dread putting it down at night to go to bed at midnight, willing the night to last just a little longer so I could read... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
"When the Cypress Whispers" by Yvette Manessis Corporon 5-stars
Wow! This is one of those novels that I want to rant and rave about, and try to tell everyone... Read more
What a wonderful way to be transported to Erikousa without leaving your seat!
The story takes you on a wonderful journey through the life of the main character, Daphne... Read more
This book lost my interest quickly. I had to give up on it at 25%. I may have cheated myself out of a really great read, which is why I almost always finish every book I start. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Book-A-Holic
Every family has secrets, and Daphne's family is no exception. These secrets are harbored by Daphne's grandmother, who lives on a small Greek island. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LH422
I loved the stories of the island and it's people. Loved the family threads and how the history of the island kept the families intertwined. Highly recommend this book.Published 9 months ago by Barbi Carson
Vivid descriptions of the island and local sights and flavors, but disjointed storyline and unsatisfying plot twists and turns.Published 10 months ago by Deb S