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Evanthia's Gift

The Gift Saga, Book 1
Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
Series: The Gift Saga, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)
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This Story Is Sweet

Publisher's Summary

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 50 years and crossing two continents, chronicling the lives that unify two families.

©2015 Effie Kammenou (P)2017 Effie Kammenou

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Inspiring story of true love and fate

I absolutely loved learning about all these characters. I loved how the author incorporated the use of Greeks recipe and traditions in this book.
This is a story of true love destined to be together from childhood. The trials and tribulations of your first love in childhood to your forever love in adulthood is expressed all through this book.
The narrator did an amazing job! I felt her joy, her pain, her sorrow, and her love for the characters.

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Wonderful family love story

Evanthia’s Gift is such a beautiful book, that spanned multiple generations! I was actually sad when it came to an end.
This audible will go on my list of favorites that I return to over and over again.
Emily Lawrence has done a really great job capturing the essence of the characters in author’s story.
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Loved it ♥️

Evanthia’s Gift is a wonderful story spanning 3 generations and following two families. It tells of the hardships of love, family, following your dreams and trying to stay true to their Greek culture. It’s a story about finding yourself, whether it through true love or a rebellious teenager. It’s a long listen, but a good one. It definitely kept my interest and it was interesting to learn about the Greek culture. There are some really good recipes at the beginning of several chapters. Emily Lawrence did a fabulous job with the narration! Especially with all the different characters and the accents!

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Sweet!

Evanthia's Gift was such a wonderfully sweet love story! I Effie told this multigenerational love story in such a beautiful way. I was touched and thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

Emily did a fantastic job with the narration. She truly brought the characters to life in an amazing way. Great job!

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Heartfelt Listen

Evanthia's Gift is a beautiful story that spans 50 years and multiple generations, It shows love, strength, and survival. Effie did an amazing job with all of the characters and their individual stories. She truly knows how to write a book that will make you feel so many emotions. I know this book will stay with me for a long time!

Emily Lawrence did a fantastic job on the narration, I enjoyed her accents and the voices she gave to each character. I look forward to listening to more of her work.

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Multigenerational Love Story

Evanthia's Gift By Effie Kammenou is a multigenerational love story spanning 50 years that I listened to on audio narrated by Emily Lawrence. Effie did an amazing job with this story. It made me laugh and cry. I really enjoyed the span of the book to get into the life of each generation of the family. This is the first book by Effie Kammenou that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last.

Emily Lawrence is an amazing narrator. I am really glad I listened to it on audio to hear her take with the different accents and tones for each character. I cannot wait to hear future projects from her. This was an amazing duo and cannot wait to get book 2 Waiting for Aegina.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves contemporary romance.

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  • Bette
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  • 03-23-19

An Exceptional & Heartfelt Story! Great Listen🎧

I love books, I enjoy reading them and listening to audiobooks, sometimes separately, sometimes together. I did both with this book and it blew me away, the story and narration is beyond exceptional. It should be called Effie Kammenou’s gift because that is what it is. You can feel the love she put into this story flowing off the pages. It is well written and well told. The character development is beyond amazing. This multigenerational story begins with Anastasia in NYC it follows her throughout her life and meet her family and friends along the way. Actually you more than meet them you get to know them. I loved the bonds and friendship she shared with Soula and Stravos and how supportive they were from the start, also loved how protective her Uncle was too. I adored Alex, he was so loving and understanding. I was happy for Ana and Alex. The 2nd part of the book brings you to Sophia’s story, it includes all the people in her life, some you were introduced in the 1st part, others are the new people she meets in her life. You learn more of Dino & Demi, Soula and Stravos’ son and daughters and Sophie’s best friends and side kicks growing up. You are given views into their angsty teenage years and as they mature to adults, the paths they chose in life and lessons they learn. It is amazing how Effie Kammenou manages to bring the reader and/or listener into her story, places you right along side the characters, allowing you feel what they feel. I cried when they cried, felt their emotions and yes, I even got mad at some of their actions, mainly Dean’s and then Sophie’s. I can say so much more about this book, it is an original, heartfelt story, an exceptional one from start to end and I highly recommend it. I am looking forward to reading & listening to more of Effie Kammenou’s work. Thank you so much for this great & enjoyable story and for the for the great recipes too!

I listened to the Audible edition, Emily Lawrence is a wonderful narrator and voice performer. She performed the voices for all the characters, she brings them to life gives each their own unique sound and personality. She does an amazing job with the accents too. She is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to!

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Evanthia’s Gift

I have just finished listening to Evanthia’s Gift by Effie Kammenou, and I’m sad... sad that I came to the end of the first book in the series. I’m just grateful that the next book is available!

This is a beautiful story that spans over 50 years and multiple generations. I loved getting to know the characters and following their lives. I really feel like I know these characters and I truly care about them, having experienced their joys and sorrows, through the good times and the bad.

Emily Lawrence delivered a stellar performance. She handled all the different characters wonderfully, with the wide range of emotions and the accents. The book truly came to life.

I listen to many different audiobooks and I have to say this has been one of my favorites.

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Great Book

loved this book so much i got book #2. the details of places like Santorini Island.

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  • Jan M
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  • 07-10-18

Fantastic!!!

I was pulled into this book from the very beginning. I love a romance story that lasts decades. This book by Effie Kammenou is a gem with multiple facets. There is so much to this story. I loved the heritage, the customs, the imagery, the generations, the characters, and the narration. Emily Lawrence did an awesome performance. I loved how she was able to perform distinguished voices for the various characters and have them fit the book. I will definitely listen to the next book in the series and look for more by both this author and narrator. The added Love is ... from Corinthians fit this book perfectly with its theme.

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  • Geri Nelson
  • 07-07-19

The Right Gift

The gift of the right person is a wonderful gift. When the right comes along and shows you what intimacy is really like. Having that person know your truth and accepting of your truth and being happy loving you for living your truth. I understand how people think that hiding a part of themselves is ok, but when you finally open up is amazing. I am so glad there is a book two of this book. I am a huge fan of stories that has a location of Greece. I love hearing about the culture. This book had love, loss, love and happily ever after. Best book I read in a while.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 06-30-19

This audio is a gift

Book 1 in the series. I totally understand how the author feels and writes the story. Being Greek myself I felt this story and understood what Effie wrote about . How the characters were torn between the cultures of both countries. Even though they were Greek and was born in Greece they now live in NYC .
Heroine is Anastacia.
Anastacia had a hard time in the USA . Betrayed by her husband, with her sister no less . Caught them doing the act . Pregnant and having the baby alone .
Anastacia has a change at a new life , new carrier, new love if she grabs the opportunity. The first part tells everything Anastacia went through while having Sophie. It tells of a love story that is pure of heart between Anastacia and Alexis . How Alexis held back at the beginning when he first meet Anastacia. It was love at first site for Alex , Alex was waiting in the wings .
Also the story tells what Sophie went through being an American Greek , the pull and Push of both cultures. Sophie keeping things from Anastacia trying to protect her . Sophie falls for Dean . Sophie had fells for Dean , Kostadino , but Dino thought of Sophie as a sister , they grew up together .
Grab it and see if Sophie father finds out about her , does Dino grab a hold of the love that is right in front of him

Emily Lawrence performance was fantastic. Her Greek was great , her tone for the story was great .

I am reviewing this story for Audiobook Obsession and the views are my own

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  • Nat 🎧AudiobookObsession
  • 06-13-19

Evanthia's Gift

The narration by Emily Lawrence was amazing. The accenting, and voices were very well done.

Overall I really enjoyed the book, it was well written and I loved the pieces of real Greek history and traditions, but I had two big issues with it. My first issue was that Ana & Alex's story should have been a prequel or book 1 and separated from Sophie & Dean's story. I also felt the amount of time that it took for the couple to get back together (20 years) seems a bit too much, too unrealistic for each to wait and still have feelings.

Overall I enjoyed Ana & Alex's story way more than Sophie & Dean's but I was sucked into the drama of it all till the very end.

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  • Brandie @AudiobookObsession
  • 06-06-19

sweet!

Evanthia's Gift was such a wonderfully sweet love story! I Effie told this multigenerational love story in such a beautiful way. I was touched and thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

Emily did a fantastic job with the narration. She truly brought the characters to life in an amazing way. Great job!

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 06-05-19

Touchingly Beautiful

I have never read a book that I have been so moved by as I was this book. It's a story about family, relationships, love, second chances, life, death. I felt like I was a part of the story. I learned a lot about Greek culture because of this book. It's authentic and beautiful. It's touching. I had to fight not to cry several times. The narrator did a fantastic job. She made an already beautiful story even more amazing. This is a new to me narrator, but I'm glad I listened to this. I would love to listen to the rest of this series. I'm fully invested in this. It's like I'm reading about my own family!

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  • bluepits73
  • 06-03-19

Two Amazing Stories in One

There are two parts to this book. We first have Anastacia and Alexandro's story in part one and then we have Sophie and Dean's story in part two. Both parts in this generational set are very well written and the chemistry between both couples is evident throughout. I definitely got a book hangover because I didn't want to turn it off. Each story is similar in that it centers around Greek culture and very heavily emphasizes the importance of family; they are also both second chance romances. However, the style of second chance is different for each couple.

I loved each story and they were both masterfully written and evoked plenty of emotion and feelings throughout. I love a good second chance love story and these are both heartwarming in their own way. Anastacia and Alexandro's story was beautifully written in that he heals her and she learns how to love again. I think Sophie and Dean's story is more tragic and sad due to other family events that occurred throughout their lives that brought them back together. It does make me sad that it took them so long to find their way back to each other. This author did an amazing job incorporating familial ties and events throughout each. Amazing.

This narration did an absolutely phenomenal job captivating the authors words and bringing the love between all these characters throughout the book to life. She exhibited amazing accents when needed and gave the perfect amount of emotion in her voice as the character's lives progressed. Beautiful performance!

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Em Jay Reads
  • 04-15-18

An engaging story with excellent narration

I really enjoyed listening to Evanthia’s Gift. Emily Lawrence does an excellent job narrating this story and I felt she brought extra depth and emotion to an already engaging story.

The story captured my attention on so many levels; it’s an absorbing family saga with great insight into traditions and the role tradition plays in decision making. I learned about some historical events that I was not previously aware of. And it was a trip down memory lane recalling the fashions and music of the 70s.

Some chapter ends feature Greek recipes. This was an unexpected treat but they’re somewhat superfluous to an audio book as the times I listen to audio books, I am not in a position to transcribe the recipes to paper.

Effie Kammenou’s writing is tight and the story is well plotted. I look forward to listening to more of her stories.