- Series: The Gift Saga
- Paperback: 568 pages
- Publisher: Effie Kammenou; 1 edition (August 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692471839
- ISBN-13: 978-0692471838
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 164 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,317,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Evanthia's Gift: Book One in The Gift Saga (Volume 1) Paperback – August 8, 2015
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About the Author
Effie Kammenou 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. For updates on the release of Book Two of The Gift Saga follow twitter @EffieKammenou, and www.facebook.com/EffieKammenou.
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The prose is focused but prosaic. Every emotion is parsed over and over. This slows the overall pace and damages any sense of impending moment. But generational struggles are repeated with fluid truths and ultimate triumphs. Greek-American (and perhaps other Middle East cultures) will recognize their lives within these tightly knit (sometimes suffocating) families. But the happy rewards of always regaining the tracks no matter what the smash-up guarantees a good read to those praying for family closeness.
The novel is flawlessly edited and takes time to reveal the Greek experience during and after World War II. There are also exquisite renderings of Greek Orthodox Christianity in the regality of its churches, the riches of the vestments and raiments and the hope offered to those willing to embrace its teachings.
Don't be fooled into thinking this is a woman's book. There is something for everyone. I was drawn into this story within the first few pages. Each character was so articulately developed from visual appearance to personality.
The author’s wonderful use of language and imagery gave such clarity to each character that it is as if a movie was playing in my head. This story invoked various emotions. I caught myself gasping, crying, laughing, and screaming out loud at one particular character. Not only does this story tug at your head strings but it was enriching and educating.
Many times while reading a novel you need to be a patient reader. At points a book can drag a bit until you have your answers satisfied. This book never drags, you are immediately satisfied. I became so vested in these character that when this story ended I felt as if I had lost my friends.
The epilogue made me so happy and anxious to reunite with my “friends” in the next book!
BRAVO Effie Kammenou