Waiting for Aegina by Effie Kammenou
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In 1961, five little girls moved into a suburban neighborhood and became inseparable, lifelong friends. They called themselves the ‘Honey Hill Girls,’ named after the street on which they lived. As teenagers they shared one another’s ambitions and dreams, secrets and heartaches. Now, more than thirty years later, they remain devoted and loyal, supporting each other through triumphs and sorrows.
Evanthia’s Gift follows the life of Sophia Giannakos. In Waiting for Aegina the saga continues from the perspectives of Sophia and her friends as the story drifts back and forth in time, filling in the gaps as the women grow to adulthood.
Naive teenage ideals are later challenged by harsh realities, as each of their lives takes unexpected turns. Now nearing their fiftieth year, Sophia, Demi, Amy, Mindy and Donna stand together through life-altering obstacles while they try to regain the lighthearted optimism of their youth.
Barely a hint of light escaped the outer edges of the Roman shade covering the large window in Sophia and Dean’s bedroom. It had snowed the day before, continuing far into the night, the ominous black clouds advertising there would be no relief for some time to come.
Dean was asleep; his body spooned into his wife with one hand splayed over her belly as if possessively protecting the child within her. Sophia looked at the time on the clock and began to slip out of the bed, but Dean, roused awake from the feel of her body parting from his, wrapped his arm around her waist and pulled her back toward him.
“Not yet,” he mumbled drowsily. Sliding his hands under her nightshirt, he found her breasts—a little fuller now that she was in her fifth month.
Turning to face him, Sophia kissed him good morning, a sensual purr innately rumbling from her throat as she ran her hands through his silky, brown hair. He wore it longer these days, and not in the conservative style he’d worn for years as an executive at a Manhattan-based hedge fund—his ex-father-in-law’s hedge fund. To Sophia, Dean’s hair was like a symbol signifying that her true Dino had returned to her—her Dino—the teenager with the long, silky mane, sparkling eyes, a smile that made her weak in the knees, and the spirit of a rebel.
“It’s cold. You need to keep me warm,” Dean said, pulling her on top of him.
“I need to? Is that an order?” Sophia asked playfully. “Maybe you should keep me warm.”
“I intend to. For the entire morning.”
And how could she resist? Why would she want to? The children were at Demi and Michael’s home for a sleepover. There was nothing keeping them from making love all day if they chose to.
The children—Sophia loved them more than life itself, but a tiny break from them, even just one day, would restore her strength. The last two years had been trying. The loss of their father left each of her children scarred differently: Nicky more private in his thoughts than before, and seemingly armored in anxiety, and Evvie was mad at the world. Well, maybe not the world—just me, Sophia admitted to herself. It was as though Evvie looked for reasons to blame her mother for anything that didn’t go the way she wanted it to—her yiayiá’s death, Sophia’s marriage to Dean, and now a new baby on the way.
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.
Effie Kammenou is a first generation Greek-American who lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, or posting recipes on her food blog, cheffieskitchen.wordpress.com, you can find her cooking for her family and friends.
As an avid cook and baker, a skill she learned from watching her Athenian mother, she incorporated traditional Greek family recipes throughout the books.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Hofstra University.
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