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Waiting for Aegina

The Gift Saga, Book 2
Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
Series: The Gift Saga, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Book two in the Gift Saga: the continuation of Evanthia’s Gift....

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 30 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 50th year, Sophia, Demi, Amy, Mindy, and Donna stand together through life-altering obstacles while they try to regain the lighthearted optimism of their youth.

©2017 Euthemia Speyer (P)2018 Euthemia Speyer

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You will want to read Evanthia's Gift before this second book to truly appreciate the continuing stories. This series, while featuring charming Greek customs and history, really is about the love and comfort of a tightly knit extended family. In this book, the focus is on The Honey Hill Girls, neighbors who grew up together and their support and love each other through all the miles and years. The girls go through some devastating events, sadness. and happiness with their children, marriage and relationships. It is a warm and satisfying book and series you don't want to miss, I look forward to the next book!

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better then the 1st book!

so much happens in this book. I love the friendships and how they grow together

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AWESOME SERIES!

I love this series! This book was so emotional for me. The narration was superb and kept me entertained! The author did an amazing job with the character builds and plot. I can't wait to read the next book in this series! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great book

This book is great. It follows on from the first book with such a great dynamic within this group of friends. Lovely friendships and support from one another. Great narration from Emily.
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Beautiful

This book continues from Evanthia's Gift. Both books were incredibly beautiful. They follow Greek families that become one big family over time. The story covers many generations growing up. It highlights the good moments and the bad moments. The beautiful and the heartbreak. It's one of the most real and emotionally gripping stories I've ever followed. I am so ready to continue with book three. I don't even know where to begin talking about the characters. They were all so beautiful. It's hard not to develop a connection to each and every one of them. As you follow their lives, you see each one for better or worse. You see them at their lowest and their highest. It's really beautiful. I couldn't get enough. I was impressed with the Narrator was well. She did a fantastic job. It was very obvious that she was just into the story as I was. I'm convinced that the emotions in her voice actually pulled me into the story more than I already was. That's saying a lot. She did great in the first book as well. I really enjoyed this book. As somebody who had a broken family, it was so beautiful to see this big beautiful family always there for each other when you need it. It's kind of like a fairy tale to me since I don't know what it's like to have family like that. Not only that, but this book is so educational. I've learned so much about the Greek culture because of these books. They even have some nice recipes scattered through the books. I'll definitely be trying them.

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Family, Friends and Foes...and a Mini Series?

Every family has its history, its lifelong relationships whether formed by blood or by time alone. Some family members we couldn’t imagine life without...they are, in southern terms, the meat and potatoes of our clans, while other members are the scraps we know belong in the garbage! Well, Effie has written a saga that not only includes the above described members and their satellite people but she also allows us to get to know them over the span of decades. I experienced a myriad of emotions while being a (mostly) silent observer as I was listening to this book but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I need an author who can make me laugh, cry, become angry, feel frustrated and most of all feel like I’ve become a part of the characters’ inner circle by invitation, not just someone on the outside looking in. I’m really glad I started this series and I’m rushing this review (believe it or not) so I can get on to book three!! And I didn’t even comment on the yummy sounding Greek recipes included within the chapters!! If only I could cook!!!

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Waiting for Aegina

Waiting for Aegina is a beautifully written story that follows the lives of the five “Honey Hill girls”.

We were introduced to the girls, Sophia, Demi, Mindy, Amy, and Donna in Evanthia’s Gift and now we find out even more details about them. The happy times and the sad, the good times and the bad... Seeing the strong bonds that formed between these girls, and how they were always there for each other... I feel emotionally connected to all of them, and that is due to the phenomenal writing of Effie Kammenou.

Emily Lawrence’s performance is also top notch. She truly brought out the emotions that Ms. Kammenou put to the page. I cant imagine anyone else narrating this series.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Beautiful in every way!

Waiting for Aegina: The Gift Saga, Book 2 by Effie Kammemou, narrated by Emily Lawrence is so wonderful! I cannot recommend it enough to everyone out there. Although it could stand-alone, you do not want to rob yourself of the opportunity to get to know how these characters came to be. I loved Book 1, Evanthia's Gift, just as much as this one; I'm taken aback by the beauty and eloquence of Kammemou's flowing words and beautiful storyline. These true-to-life characters have quickly become part of me. With them, I've laughed, cried, shared in their joys and successes, as well as their pains and sorrows. I recently lost my own mother to Cancer, and in a way, these characters have allowed me to feel not so alone. They have let me see that life goes on, and, in the end, everything works out just like it's supposed to. Wirhout knowing, they have given me the friendship, hope, and courage that I needed. Thank you for that. :-)

Narrator Emily Lawrence, again, puts on an absolutely amazing performance. She has made my listening experience memorable, and I can still hear her voice speaking to me as I type this. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to her narrate every minute of this series. I am very much looking forward to hearing her again in Book 3 when it is released on audio.

A rating of 5/5 stars is not enough for this series...I'd give it 10, if I could! I have no doubts that Waiting for Aegina: The Gift Saga, Book 2 by Effie Kammemou, narrated by Emily Lawrence is one that will be enjoyed by all. It is highly relatable, as it is a story about all of us...life, love, loss, family, friendship, and everything in between. These characters and all they experience on their unpredictable journeys through life will stay with you long after the story, itself, ends. It has allowed me to reflect on my own life and decisions I have made, as well as my future, because I saw bits and pieces of myself in each of the characters, as you will, too. Without hesitation, I give this book my highest recommendation.

Thank you so much for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

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Absolutely beautiful read of friendship and time

We revisit an emotionally filled read that took me on a journey through a deep lasting friendship of five women. Their early years. Their teen years. There adult years of love, loss, family, triumphs, sorrows and more. Visiting Sophia again and getting to see more of her life and her friends (Demi, Amy, Mindy and Donna).

Narrator Emily Lawrence gave some spark and life to the telling of this tale of friendship that span fifty years. The audio was clear and smooth. Emily gave life to each of the characters and allowed her voice to reflect the emotional ups and downs of the events that unfolded over years.

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A terrific story with perfect narration

This book is the second in a series, however, it can easily be read as a standalone novel (which is exactly what I did.)

The author, Effie Kammenou, has created a story that is compelling, believable, and entertaining.

The character building is terrific and the storyline will hold a reader’s attention with ease.

Narrator Emily Lawrence proves that she is a professional Narrator with her flawless voice and her impeccable timing.

I thoroughly enjoyed this Audiobook and I rate it as 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

**I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Effie Kammenou. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.**

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 08-24-19

Life long friendship

This book is great. It follows on from the first book with such a great dynamic within this group of friends. Lovely friendships and support from one another. Great narration from Emily.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 07-21-19

Don’t wait to listen to this great story

Waiting for Aegina is the second book in The Gift Saga by Effie Kammenou The author. It follows the live of five long friends called the Hill Street Girls. It’s the street the girls lived on and meet. You meet Sophia in the first book . It shows how she meet her 4 life long friends and even in the fifty’s they support each other through think and thin. Each person wishes they have a friendship like Mindy, Sophia, Demi, Amy, and Donna. It shows no matter what true friends like those 5 girls are what life is always about .

Emily Lawrence performance was fantastic. Her take on the friendship was spot on . Her voice was strong , smooth and clear.