March 23, 2016-
Evanthia’s Gift by Effie Kammenou
Title: Evanthia’s Gift
Author: Effie Kammenou
Publisher: Effie Kammenou
Publication Date: April 8, 2015
A love story spanning decades – deepened by tradition, heritage, loss, struggle, perseverance and loyalty.
In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets – ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family.
The story continues in the 1970’s as Dean and Demi Papadakis, and Sophia Giannakos attempt to negotiate between two cultures. Now Greek-American teenagers, Sophia and Dean, who have shared a special connection since childhood, become lovers. Sophia is shattered when Dean rebels against the pressure his father places on him to uphold his Greek heritage and hides his feelings for her. When he pulls away from his family, culture and ultimately his love for her, Sophia is left with no choice but to find a life different from the one she’d hoped for.
EVANTHIA’S GIFT is a multigenerational love story spanning fifty years and crossing two continents, chronicling the lives that unify two families.
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692471839/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_1ncmwb0D60GPS
Chasing Athens by Marissa Tejada
Title: Chasing Athens
Author: Marissa Tejada
Format: Paperwork and eBook
Publisher: Harmony Books
Publication Date: March 5, 2015
Suddenly dumped, a heartbroken American expat stays on in Greece, confronting culture shock, crisis, and the charm of Mediterranean men as she redefines the true meaning of home.
When Ava Martin’s new husband unexpectedly ditches her months after they’ve relocated across the world to Greece, the heartbroken American ex-pat isn’t sure where home is anymore. On the verge of flying back to the States with her tail between her legs, she makes an abrupt decision to follow her gut instead and stay on in Greece. She soon discovers that the tumultuous, culture-rich Mediterranean country is coloring her life in a way no place else can, changing her forever. But is it where she belongs?
Ava’s newfound independence throws her into the thick of Athenian reality, where she has brushes with violent police riots and gets a taste of both the alluring islands and the city nightlife. Despite pressure from her mother, uncertainty over her impending divorce, and unresolved issues with her long-estranged father weighing on her, she’s determined to make it on her own. With the help of two very colorful Greek friends, she laughs and learns while facing culture shock, language barriers and the charm of Mediterranean men, until a life-threatening medical emergency back home in sleepy Ithaca, N.Y., forces her to decide where she truly belongs – and what truly matters.
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Athens-Marissa-Tejada-ebook/dp/B00UB8ICII/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447006780&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=maria+tejada+greece