BOOK: Evanthia’s Gift (book 1 in the Gift Saga)
AUTHOR: Effie Kammenou
GENRE: Women Fiction
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EVANTHIA’S GIFT is the kind of book that stays with you even after you’re done reading it. It is a book of emotions, everyday changing relationships, caters to needs of every age, and most importantly, shows the way of life through the story of women of three different generations who are different, yet similar in so many ways.
The tale begins with Ana and her life story. It takes a turn when her daughter, Sophia, enters teenage and ends with her granddaughter, Evanthia’s tale, with the promise of a new beginning. The most interesting aspect is that with Ana, her life seems to start after she has a baby and meets her second husband. With Sophia, her tale begins as a teenager in love; and with Evanthia, her tale begins when she is a preschooler. The story doesn’t descend in a chronological manner and that’s the uniqueness of this book. The book depicts trials and tribulations of women in it and how they deal with their challenges in their own ways.
The book explores Greek culture. Their history and how the people coped with changes surrounding them and still managed to get through to the other side.
EVANTHIA’S GIFT is a kind of book that stays with you forever. It’s a kind of book that once it’s finished, you want to hug it (I hope I’m not the only one who does that). It’s the kind of book that touches your soul and fills your heart with contentment & peace that only a book can provide. Maybe I’m biased because I’m a girl, but it’s the kind of women’s fiction that everyone should read once in their lifetime, irrespective of gender, class, creed, and color. It makes you humble, a better human being and grateful for the life that you have been given. Witnessing women acing challenges that life throws at their ways is a testament of their strengths and untainted soul.
I am absolutely in love with the author. She has done a commendable job on the book; her characters are so relatable that you don’t even feel that you are reading someone else’s journey. It feels like you yourself are going through the emotions, the happy and sad moments. A character’s win feels like you have conquered the situation. It’s relatively easy to sympathize with characters, but to empathize with them is an all together different story. And the author has succeeded in doing just that. The characters become part of you and leave behind a part that will always stay with you, in one form or the other.
It’s the first book in THE GIFT SAGA and I’m sure, once the readers read this book, they would look forward to reading other parts, just like I am.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Effie Kammenou is a believer that it is never too late to chase your dreams, follow your heart or change your career. She is proof of that. At one time, long ago, she’d thought that, by her age, she would have had an Oscar in her hand after a successful career as an actor. Instead, she worked in the optical field for 40 years and is the proud mother of two accomplished young women.
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 interview with him was published in a nationally circulated magazine.
Evanthia’s Gift: Book One in The Gift Saga was a 2016 award finalist in the Readers Favorite Awards in the Women’s Fiction category. Waiting for Aegina: Book Two in The Gift Saga is Kammenou’s latest release.
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