I had read quite a few great reviews of Effrosyni Moschoudi‘s novels but hadn’t read any yet. Then I saw a promotion of her new novel The Amulet prior to its publication, and I could not resist joining her team, as I’ve become addicted to anything to do with angels after publishing my Angelic Business Series (remember the first novel in the series is free) and I found the cover irresistible. And well, I must say the reviews were correct.
The author is kindly running a giveaway of 12 Christmas Kindle books, so I thought that gave me even a better reason to share, but first…
The Amulet is a romantic comedy of angel magic and tantalizing descriptions of Greek food. Read it at your own peril; it’ll make you feel ravenous (not to mention all loved-up!)
When Katie loses her Athens office job, a gypsy woman hands her an amulet for good luck. Next, she gets hired as hotel receptionist on the Greek island of Sifnos and everything seems perfect, except for the overbearing hotel owner, Mrs. Matina. One of the guests, heart-stoppingly handsome Aggelos, keeps saving the day whenever Katie needs help. As she falls in love, she grows all the more intrigued by him and his quirky friends, including a little girl who keeps turning up on her own. Add a psychic, half-mad elderly woman into the mix and you’re in for a few laughs. Things are not what they seem in this small, family hotel and get even more complicated when the gypsy woman shows up again. Will Katie ever work out that Aggelos is a guardian angel that came with the amulet? And if she does, will she be able to keep him? It may take a miracle. But on an island as magical as Sifnos, anything is possible!
“Soul-soothing… a book that will warm your hearts and tantalize your senses.”
~MM Jaye, romance author of Fate Captured
“One of the things I love about Moschoudi’s works is her endings; full of hope and salvation even in the direst of circumstances.”
~Nicholas C. Rossis, author of the Pearseus scifi series
“What a wonderful imagination the author has, I felt as if I was living in the book and found it hard to put it down.”
~Jean A. Symonds, Amazon.co.uk reviewer
I obtained a free ARC copy of the novel and I voluntarily decided to review it.
I had read great reviews of Effrosyni Moschoudi’s novels but hadn’t read any yet and couldn’t resist when I had the chance to grab this novel, as I am interested in books featuring angels, and must confess that the cover caught my attention.
This light romantic comedy introduces us not only to nice characters, like Katie, and all the staff and guests at Sifnos but also to quite a few supernatural beings and to Sifnos, a wonderful Greek island.
Katie is a young woman who despite her studies and interest in tourism, ends up working at a pipes’ factory due to the economic crisis in Greece. She is kind and generous, but she is not happy due to her job situation. Her boss is a terrible woman (although Katie learns through the novel that we should not be too quick to judge others), and she ends up getting sacked. Her kindness is recompensed by Esmera, a gipsy woman who holds a few secrets and more than a bit of magic up her sleeve. She gives Katie an amulet, an angel pendant that changes her life. She gets a new job working in a small hotel at Sifnos, and her own personal angel, gorgeous Aggelos.
This is a gentle comedy, where all the characters are memorable people we’d like to meet in real life, where there is some drama and minor crises, but never taken to extremes, and where the love story is gentle, fumbling, but never heats up to adult level. It is family-friendly, although it touches sad subjects too, but always in a sensitive way.
Although readers might think they are on familiar ground (and in some ways, that is the case), there are surprises and a great twist at the end that makes the ending more joyful.
The writing is fluid, easy to read, and although it shares the story from several points of view (always in the third person), it does not result confusing. The way the story is told might make us think we’re ahead of the main character, but it never reveals all its secrets and manages to make us keep reading.
Without making use of heavy descriptions, the author manages to create an enchanting image of Sifnos, with its beautiful villages, beaches, tavernas and traditions. I must warn readers that it’s best not to indulge in this novel when they’re feeling hungry because the descriptions of Greek food might result in slobbering all over their Kindle.
In sum, a thoroughly enjoyable light read, full of magic, that will make you want to travel to Greece and will leave you with a smile on your face, planning your next holidays (and setting off for the nearest Greek restaurant!).
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About the Author
Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She’s passionate about books and movies and simply couldn’t live without them. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens, but her mind forever drifts to her beloved island of Corfu. Her historical romance, The Ebb, is an ABNA Q-Finalist and a #1 Amazon bestseller. Effrosyni is a member of the writer’s groups, eNovel Authors at Work, ASMSG, and the Fantasy & SciFi Network.
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And now, as promised, Effrosyni Moschoudi is running a giveaway that lasts until Monday 19th of December.
You only need to sign up to become a member of the author’s team to enter. Here is the site:
I thought we all needed something a bit different on the run up to Christmas, and I had to share this with you. I’m planning on sharing a few more of the books I’ve recently read next week, in case you’re stuck for things to do over Christmas.
Thanks to Effrosyni Moschoudi for her novel, thanks to all of you for reading, and remember to like, share, comment and CLICK, and of course, enter the giveaway too!