Waiting for Aegina: Book Two in the Gift Saga by Effie Kammenou is a well-plotted, character-driven story that explores the thrills and challenges of friendship, a friendship that grows through space and time. Readers are introduced to the five women known as the "Honey Hill Girls," a group of girls who became friends from childhood and have remained inseparable. After thirty years, they still share the bond of friendship, even though they live very separate lives. Told from the perspective of Sophia, one of the girls, the reader explores the power of friendship, following the lives of these women as they grow into adults, understanding what binds them together, and what loyalty really means.
The characters are well-developed -- Sophia, Demi, Amy, Mindy and Donna -- and readers will love to see each of them in their uniqueness, which comes across clearly in the narrative. Waiting for Aegina is a beautifully paced story that shows readers the role our childhood dreams and fantasies play in our lives. Apart from the beauty of friendship, wonderfully woven into the fabric of the story, readers follow characters who are real, who face challenges, experience heartaches, and keep secrets. Effie Kammenou's writing is beautiful and it feels like music to the ears. The setting is powerful and I loved the colorful descriptions, the images that come across vividly in the writing, and the natural-sounding dialogues. Readers will enjoy the emotional and psychological depth of the story. This is a masterfully accomplished story that plunges readers into the world of women to explore what is precious in their hearts; it will arouse the finest of emotions in readers. A very entertaining read.
Waiting for Aegina is a book that deals with serious topics: Suicide; Alcoholism; grief; separations; regrets; teenage pregnancy; health issues; blended families: evil unresolved memories from the past. Dealing with these issues, lessons are taught and wonderful bonding relationships are formed that began in high school and become stronger as time goes by.
If you have read Evanthia's gift you must read Waiting for Aegina, you will not be disappointed.
From the Author
Inspirationcan come from any number of sources - a life experience, a fleeting yetcompelling observation, or perhaps an unforgettable dream. I began writing Evanthia's Gift when my mother passedaway. It was my way of working through my grief, and at the same time honoringher. Anyone who knows my family can find pieces of my mother throughout thestory and in the character of Anastacia.
In2004 I reluctantly attended my thirtieth high school reunion. The committeechairperson, an old friend I hadn't seen since those school days, contacted merepeatedly until I finally agreed to attend. I ended up having a wonderful timeand reconnected with many old friends. We became a close-knit group, and twelveyears later, we still get together. Because of this, the idea came to me towrite a fictionalized story about a circle of friends who grew up together.Later, when I began writing I decided to bring these characters to life inAnastacia's daughter, Sophia's, world. And so, that is how the 'Honey HillGirls' came to be.
Althoughthere may be bits and pieces of my friends in the 'Honey Hill Girls,' they arepurely a figment of my imagination. At the same time, this was my way ofacknowledging all the friendships, old and new, that I'm blessed with. Theoldest of friends, with whom I share a history. New friends, who I've been solucky to cross paths with. The friendships I share with my daughters, husband,sisters, nieces and nephews. The very special friendship with my father. Icould go on and on. Each one of these people has touched my life in ameaningful way.
Sadly,the chairperson of the reunion committee passed away a couple of years afterwe'd all reunited. Jill was the life of the party, the 'social director,' and ahuge personality packaged in a 4' 10'' frame. What better way to remember herthan to portray her real life role in my work of fiction?
AndI can't forget you, the readers--my friends of a different sort. We may not havemet, but you know me through my words, my thoughts and my emotions. I know someof you through your messages, emails and reviews. I am truly overwhelmed byyour outpouring of love.