Monday, February 10, 2014
When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon
3.0 out of 5 stars - Greek mythology come to life in this romantic tale set on the magical island of Erikousa, off the coast of Greece.
Daphne, a young widow with a little daughter, was raised in the Greek ways by her parents and beloved Yia-yia. She alternated between time in New York wit her hard-working parents and summers on the island with her grandmother. Now after years of struggle away in America setting up her famous restaurant, and with her parents also dead, Daphne feels the call to return to Erikousa to be married there. She's found a new man and she's ready to share the memories and the island with her daughter and fiance. She returns to the idyllic place to relive some of the happy moments she experienced there and to spend time with her aging Yia-yia. Though they've remained in contact through the intervening years, Daphne senses that there are still things that her grandmother has to tell her. Even though it seems that Daphne has achieved her dreams, is it possible that her soul is centered on the island and that it's time to find out if she is ready again for love.
The novel is replete with details about Greek island life, customs and food. The reader can taste the meals, smell the herbs and flowers, and see the beauty of the isolated island where not much has changed to modern times. Yia-yia has more than nourishment for the body to give her beloved granddaughter -- she has a last lesson to teach and a very big secret to share.
Women looking for a predictable romance set in Greece will enjoy this book.
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