This Greek American family saga follows a multigenerational story of love, loyalty, and culture. An emotional novel about family bonds and the difficult pull between home and heritage.
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.
I feel so incredibly lucky to have come across this wonderful book! Effie Kammenou writes so beautifully, that you feel you are a part of the character’s lives, and I truly fell in love with almost all of them! I truly didn’t like the few that had ugly souls, which was exactly the way the characters in this amazing book felt. I don’t give away much in my little ‘reviews’, but if you enjoy some interesting history, woven into a beautiful story, then this book will be perfect for you! I just ordered the second one, as I want to follow these people through more of their wonderful, interesting, heart wrenching, loving lives! – K. Duelferon
This is a wonderful story of family and friendship. It provides an insight into the Greek culture, both in Greece and in America, but it also is relatable to everyone who has had a lifelong friend and seen their children also become lifelong friends–or more. There are several plot twists in the story, several of which I didn’t see coming. The plot definitely held my interest from beginning to end, and I finished the book anxious to read the second one, to learn more about Sophia, Demi and Dean and their friends. – Teresa Kanderon
Long Island author Effie Kammenou is a first generation Greek-American who makes an impressive literary debut with her epic first volume of The Gift Saga with EVENTHIA’S GIFT. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Hofstra University and it is obvious that she understands the magic of theater from the skills in her writing. As is very evident in reading this book her other passions include cooking and baking, skills garnered from direct lessons from her Athenian mother, and Effie serves her story with a generous dollop of authentic Greek recipes. – Grady Harp
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