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When the Cypress Whispers

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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 sleepwal
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Harper (first published January 1st 2014)
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When the Cypress Whisper – Yvette Manessis Corppron (2014)

April 28, 2014 by heavenali | Edit

Received from Harper Collins for an honest review

This novel may have suffered for me from being read after three exceptionally good books in a row all of which are very different to this novel. However the fact remains I’m afraid, I didn’t much like this book. I had expected a light read, with a lovely setting, and it is both of those things – and I’m fairly sure there is nothing much w
Ovo je najbliže ljubavnom romanu, ali onom, onako tipičnom "prvo si mi antipatičan, a onda otkrijem da si čovjek mog života" ljubavnom romanu, koje ja, u pravilu, zaobilazim u širokom luku... Dakle, što se tiče same priče, vjerojatno bi roman ocijenila puno niže.. Daphne, porijeklom Grkinja, vraća se na otok svoga djetinjstva..sada je već majka ( i zaručnica) te se tamo, uz svoju baku i šuštanje čempresa, sjeća djetinjstva, nekih dragih ljudi, ali također sklapa nova poznanstva i dolazi do nekih ...more
Hejt jer nema nastavka!!!
Katie/Doing Dewey
Starting this book, I was very excited. The plot about a woman finding herself appeals to me and it became clear very early on that magical realism was going to play a role in this story as well. The place descriptions were hit or miss for me, but the author did a great job capturing the main character’s feelings as a little girl. This made sense because the author has mentioned that she drew on her own childhood experiences when writing the book. I also loved the Greek culture that was included ...more
3.0 out of 5 stars - Greek mythology come to life in this romantic tale set on the magical island of Erikousa, off the coast of Greece.

Daphne, a young widow with a little daughter, was raised in the Greek ways by her parents and beloved Yia-yia. She alternated between time in New York wit her hard-working parents and summers on the island with her grandmother. Now after years of struggle away in America setting up her famous restaurant, and with her parents also dead, Daphne feels the call to re
Beth Feldman
A great book only comes along once in a while and in 2014, "When the Cypress Whispers" is destined to become that book. I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of this beautifully written novel by author Yvette Manessis Corporon. The author effortlessly transports the reader back in time and to the present as you dive into the complex lives of Daphne, her Yia Yia (the Greek word for grandmother) and a fisherman who is fiercely protective of Daphne's grandmother. Blending Greek mytholo ...more
Andrea Guy
When The Cypress Whispers is truly one of the most beautiful and beautifully written works of women's fiction that I've read in quite a long time.

Yvette brings the Greek island, Erikousa and all its inhabitants to life. This is possibly the most vivid novel that I've read. I really felt like this book was a feast for all of the senses. Everything just came to life for me as I read.

I loved Yia-yia. She was the kind of grandmother that we all dream of having. Her relationships with Daphne and her
Το βιβλίο έχει μεταφραστεί και κυκλοφορήσει στα ελληνικά.
Ανήκει στα βιβλία που δεν με συγκινούν ούτε ως ιστορία, ούτε, πολύ περισσότερο, ως γραφή.
Η συγγραφέας έχει ελληνική καταγωγή αλλά ζει και διαπρέπει, αν κρίνω ότι έχει λάβει και κάποια βραβεία ΕΜΜΥ, ως σεναριογράφος στις ΗΠΑ.
Η ιστορία ήταν μία από τα γνωστά ίδια που έχουν κατακλύσει τα τελευταία χρόνια το συγγραφικό (;;;) στερέωμα ως γυναικεία λογοτεχνία (;;;). Μάλλον ως ρομαντική λογοτεχνία με ολίγον από ιστορική πατριδογνωσία. Αναμνήσεις
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I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the Harper publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is April 1st 2014.

This was a touching story about family ties and learning to truly live again after overcoming grief. The story of Daphne and her Yia-yia was touching and beautiful. The relationship between a grown woman and her grandmother that were as close as they were is wonderful
Sarah Beth
I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins.

This novel is about Daphne, the daughter of Greek immigrants, who is returning to the Greek island of Erikousa to be married. Daphne's parents moved to America with hopes of improving the chances for their daughter's life and spent decades working in a diner. Although Daphne's first husband died, she is now a successful chef and marrying a wealthy New Yorker. However, her fondest memories are of her childhood summers spent on
A story about Daphne, a 30ish year old woman, who lives in New York, is the daughter of Greek immigrants, who returns with her young daughter to the Greek island, Erikousa, located near Corfu, to be reunited with her grandmother and family heritage, for Daphne's marriage to Stephen. While back amidst the cypress trees and sea, Daphne questions and learns what is important in her life, in a relationship for marriage, and with her little daughter Evie.
The plot explores love of different dimension
Considering that Greece is probably top of my list of countries I'm dying to visit, it's surprising that I so few books set there. I'm sure I've read books there that take place in ancient times, and the in the traveling pants books Greece did make a cameo. But this is the first book I can remember reading in modern day where Greece is where all the action takes, and with that, it's an amazing way to start.

In some ways I want to say that this book transported me to Greece, but that wasn't quite
Ellen Christian
I normally don’t read contemporary women’s fiction because it has never held my attention. However, When the Cypress Whispers is a unique blend of contemporary fiction, historical flashbacks and Greek mythology. I loved reading Daphen’s Grandmother’s stories from her past as she shared them with her granddaughter. I enjoyed learning Greek mythology as Daphne’s daughter was told the stories of Ariadne and Arachne. I could almost taste the Greek dishes that were prepared because the author describ ...more
I recommend this gentle and wise summer read. I enjoyed the descriptions of the people on the small Greek island and their culture and traditions.The plot was psychologically believable I loved the protagonist, Daphne, because of her imperfections and her willingness to change her course. Bring this book to the beach! You won't be sorry!
Kathleen Mahan
This was a magical, soulful story about choosing between family and fortune and faith.
Yvette Manessis Corporon lovingly paints a picture of a simple life on a small island in Greece. The protagonist, Dauphne, has a very special and intimate bond with her grandmother or Yia-Yia, even more indelible since Dauphne's parents were killed many years before.

Yia-Yia has always been her rock her comfort, knowing just what Dauphne needed even before she knew it herself. After spending every summer as a
When the Cypress Whispers
Yvette Manessis Corporon

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Daphne spends winters in NYC working with her parents in their diner and summers on a lovely Greek island with her beloved grandmother. This is her life story.

My thoughts after reading this book...

I felt immersed in Greek culture, food and family while I was reading this book and I am not sure I was happy about it. Everything about this book was ok...just ok for me. It was sort of predictable...I mean how much trage
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
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b>3.5 STARS
OH GREECE, how my heart calls out to you in silent whispers of longing. Will I be able to settle for reading about you in narrative instead? In an author's beautifully descriptive prose? Of your delicious scents, your peaks of blue, blue, sea, seen over lush hills of green. Your cobblestone streets, and masterfully crafted architecture. Wait..there was a story within the pages of When the Cypress Whispers ? *sigh*...sorry, I was literally lost in Erikousa.

Meg - A Bookish Affair
3.5 stars."When the Cypress Whispers" is the story of Daphne, a woman who is struggling with her life. On the surface, she seems very successful. She runs a Greek restaurant in NYC and has a wonderful daughter. When she visits her grandmother in Greece, her grandmother has the uncanny ability to realize that things are not as they seem on the surface.

I enjoyed this book. It is a sweet love story mixed with a story of finding oneself and finding where you belong. It is a little predictable, espec
Lise Champagne
I enjoyed the Greek history and the description of the island, the people and traditions but the story was a very predictable soap opera.
Joanne Tempernello
I read a review that called this book gentle and wise and I think that is the perfect description. The author transports you to a tiny Greek island where you spend a lazy summer with a cast of loving and eccentric characters. Yiayia keeps everyone in line with her gentle touch, careful guidance and mouth watering food. I really felt like I was a guest of Yia-yia's as we sat by the fire and she taught me the deeper meaning in some favorite Greek myths. I cried several times and found myself wanti ...more
When the Cypress Whispers is this beautifully written story of family love that draws you in from the first chapter. Yvette Manessis Corporon has done a wonderful job explaining to me something that is completely foreign. The words, stories and myths are all told from a Greek perspective and background, which is something I knew nothing about. I felt as if I was learning history as well as listening to a good storyteller. The story starts out with the main character leaving the US to go back and ...more
I loved this book. Daphne hasn't been back home for six years and she persuades her fiance to return to the small island of Erikousa off the coast of Greece to have their wedding. A young widow, Daphne visits with her beloved grandmother on Erikousa, a magical place where Daphne's small daughter, Evie, blooms and shines. Stephen is very business oriented and will take good care of Daphne and Evie but isn't excited about the visit to the middle of nowhere. This is a wonderful story of family and ...more

When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon is simply a beautiful story. Everything from the gorgeous cover to the setting of Greece make this story all the more enticing. It is a story of family, friendship, romance, and the importance of the beliefs and faith that we hold dear.

Daphne, the daughter of Greek immigrants, feels she has finally gotten to a point in her life where she is happy. She never thought she’d get back on her feet after losing her husband but she has and she’s maki
Sandy Cristoff
This book was a real surprise to me. I read a few reviews that called attention to the romantic aspect of the book, but I would not classify this is a romance in the traditional sense. Sure, how can you fail with a romance set on a beautiful Greek island, but the true love story here is that of Daphne and her Yia-yia. The relationship between Daphne and her Greek grandmother is a deep and beautiful one. The flashbacks of their time together, the foreshadowing of the Greek myths, as well as the W ...more
Yvette Corporon
Oct 19, 2014 Yvette Corporon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
The best debut novel I've ever written
Diana Domenico
Not exactly what I expected, but lovely. I thought this would be a romantic romp on a Greek island with some Greek culture thrown in. It was not the book I expected, but I think I loved it more for that. I would describe this as a slow and quiet read, one which examines the life choices our main character, Daphne, has made. When she returns to Greece, and to her grandmother, she takes stock of he life and the choices she has made, and her priorities. It is about stopping and reflecting at a cert ...more
Review Excerpt:

This beautifully-written novel is full of family, love, growth, history, mouth-watering food, and a magical place where if you take the time to really stop, open your mind and listen, the cypress trees may whisper to you.

The author's passion for food and obvious love for the island of Erikousa (a real-life place she spent childhood summers in) comes shinning through in the story, so easy to get caught up in. I liked the generations of female characters--strong, loving, not perfe
Erikousa was a refuge for Daphne. Spending summers with her grandmother, listening to the old myths, and finally being able to be herself. But many years later Daphne is grown up, and she is finally returning to her refuge after many years. Only now she is truly an American - running her own restaurant, 5 year old daughter in tow, and engaged to a wealthy banker. She thinks she's finally made it.

When the Cypress Whispers shows that sometimes what you think you want isn't what you really want. It
Kada mi mozak počne trokirati nagradim ga kakvim laganim štivom i tako je moja ruka posegnula za ovim naslovom (čitaj: naslovnicom). Roman sam odabrala zbog mjesta radnje – Grčke, budući do sada nisam čitala američki chick-lit vezan uz nju.
Radnja prati vlasnicu grčkog restorana u New Yorku koja se priprema za predstojeće uplovljavanje u drugu bračnu luku, nakon što je u nesreći izgubila ljubav svoga života, te se nakon mnogo godina odsustva vraća u Grčku, na rodni otok svojih roditelja. Povratk
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When The Cypress Whispers
April 2014

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.

When The Cypress Whispers is her first novel.
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