Monday, April 21, 2014

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon (CLOSED)

Title: When the Cypress Whispers   
Author: Yvette Manessis Corporon     
Published: April 2014, Harper  
Format: ARC Paperback, 356 pages   
Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours  

On a beautiful Greek island, myths, magic, and a colorful cast of characters come together in a lushly atmospheric story about past and present, family and fate, love and dreams that poignantly captures the deep bond between an American woman and her Greek grandmother

The daughter of Greek immigrants, Daphne aspires to the American Dream, yet feels as if she's been sleepwalking through life. Caught between her family's old-world traditions and the demands of a modern career, she cannot seem to find her place.

Only her beloved grandmother on Erikousa, a magical island off the coast of Greece, knows her heart. Daphne's fondest memories are of times spent in the kitchen with Yia-yia, cooking and learning about the ancient myths. It was the thought of Yia-yia that consoled Daphne in the wake of her husband's unexpected death.

After years of struggling to raise her child and pay the bills, Daphne now has a successful restaurant, a growing reputation as a chef, and a wealthy fianc?-everything she's ever wanted. But across the ocean, Yia-yia can see through the storybook perfection of Daphne's new life- and now she is calling her back to Erikousa. She has secrets about the past to share with her granddaughter- stories from the war, of loyalty and bravery in the face of death. She also has one last lesson to teach her: that security is not love, and that her life can be filled with meaning again.

My thoughts:  This is a beautiful story about a young woman and the bond she shares with her grandmother. Having a strong bond with my own grandmother, I was pulled into the story and had a hard time putting the book down once I started it.

Daphne has not had an easy life. She has faced many tragedies in her young life and so she becomes almost solely focused on making a good life for her and her daughter, forgetting about the world around her. She doesn't take the time to enjoy life, to enjoy spending time with her daughter doing fun things, sharing things with her. It's not until they head to Erikousa and Daphne's Yia-yia's for her upcoming wedding, that she starts to realize just how much she has let pass her by. 

I loved Yia-yia and her stories. I admit that I am not all that familiar with the Greek myths, but did enjoy reading about the stories that Yia-yia would tell. It kind of makes me want to read up on some of the the Greek mythology! I loved the way Yvette Manessis Corporan was able to take the myths and draw them into the her storytelling - it never once felt forced but rather seemed perfectly blended.

There is much love and heartbreak in this novel. Secrets are revealed, history is shared and food is made - delicious, mouth-watering meals that seem to be the staple of any family. And the descriptions of the setting made it feel as if I were right there in Greece alongside Daphne myself - a place I hope to get to one of the days!!!

I look forward to seeing what else Yvette Manessis Corporon writes, as this one was definitely an enjoyable read.

About the author: Yvette Manessis Corporon is an Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, and author. She is currently a senior producer with the syndicated entertainment news show Extra. In addition to her Emmy Award, Yvette has received a Silurian Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the New York City Comptroller and City Council’s Award for Greek Heritage and Culture. She is married to award-winning photojournalist David Corporon. They have two children and live in New York.
Authors Links: 
Website   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   

To see who else is participating in Yvette Manessis Corporon's When the Cypress Whispers tour, click here.

Thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours I have one copy of When the Cypress Whispers to give away to my readers.  

To enter…
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  • I will contact winner at the conclusion of the giveaway & they will have 2 days to respond or I will pick a new winner.
This giveaway is open to US/Can residents only and ends April 28th.

Good luck!


  1. This novel sounds captivating and special. Thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. What a great giveaway which interests me very much. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  3. My wife and I love the Greek islands and have visited there many times. This sounds like just the book for us. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx
    I also tweeted a link to this post: again!

  4. Sounds fantastic!

  5. I love novels, that have lots of scenes with descriptions of what they are eating. Even better yet, when they include the recipes or someone follows up with a cookbook based on the book! Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. What a great sounding book. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  7. I just love the cover!

  8. Oohhh! I've been eyeing this at the book store whenever I'm there. Count me in.


  9. would love to read this book!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  10. shared on FB:

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  11. This looks perfect. I'd love to escape to Greece right now. ;)
    Mcstone84 (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. Oil love stories of family ties.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  13. I really liked this one - would love to visit Greece someday.

  14. Greece is on my list of places to visit one of these days. Until then I have books like this to take me there!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.


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