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Waiting for Aegina

(The Gift Saga #2)

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  78 reviews
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 thirty years l
Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published January 6th 2017 by Effie Kammenou
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Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want to start out by saying this is the second book in The Gift Saga, it is the sequel to Evanthia's Gift(which I also reviewed and highly recommend you starting with that book). I was given both books in exchange for an honest review and this is one time I have never been more grateful that I was. Both books in this saga (well, and her entire saga) has been highly influenced by her Greek heritage, which she displays beautifully for her readers to see.

This story picks up right where the Evant
Jaci Miller
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book Two in the Gift Saga, follows the stories of the “Honey Hill Girls.” Five childhood friends who have continually been there for one another. Supporting each other through tragedy, heartache, life-altering decisions, and love. The strength of their bond and the uniqueness of their friendships are the true binding force that keeps them in each other’s lives for decades.

Flashbacks throughout the book give us glimpses into the now forty-something friends earlier lives when teenage angst, mistak
Judi Easley
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoughts: I didn't remember reading the first book until I got partway into the story and things became familiar, then it all came back to me. This was the same richness of feeling and plot, great characters and depth of character that I had found in the first one. The continuing stories of these five girls now as women in their forties, the loves, losses, successes and disasters that run through this closeknit group and families. At about 75% please be warned you will need a box of tissues. Rec ...more
Tara Brown
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nicole Dunton
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 n
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Waiting for Aegina is the second book in The Gift Saga by Effie Kammenou.
We pick up right where the Evanthia's Gift finished off. And again, we are treated to a beautiful story that tugged on my heartstrings. The author writes beautifully, painting vivid images with her words. The details and descriptions transported me into the story and I followed along as the story transpired. This journey of friendship, connections, and love is a fitting sequel to the first book. I loved catching up
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audio book review
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 t
Janis Rich
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this second part of the trilogy (Evanthia’s Gift), the five childhood friends are approaching their 50’s and still remain close. The book gives you enough of their history that it could be read alone, but the first one was so good, I would recommend reading it first so you have all the details. Mindy has become the designer she always wanted to be, Amy a congresswoman, Sophie has her dance studio, Donna is a teacher and Demi a florist and event planner. In this book, they all battle their own ...more
Nikki LeClair
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Effie has done it again.
I loved the first book in this series and the sequel left off right where the last book ended. And still, friendship, love and hope are the central themes of this novel. I don't think I have ever read a book, a series, that delivered such a realistic but complex bond of what friendships can be.
The five friends are so different, and yet bonded by their past in such a way, that the reader is drawn in to figure out what exactly kept them together throughout every decade. I
Lori Austin
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great story about 4 friends and their lives. Kept my interest and wished I had read book one first but that's just so that I had more of the story. ...more
kimberly ingram
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Ditto my review of Evanthia's Gift. I love this family and how every other page I'm either laughing or crying. Beautiful story.
Michael Wells
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Family saga

This book was second in a series the story of a Greek family. It has wonderful characters and a good plot. He’s very emotional with happiness sadness and angst. I recommend this book and the author.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Aegina takes us back to the family and friends saga picking up the story where its predecessor, Evanthia’s Gift, left off.

It is the beginning of the 21st century and friends Sophia, Demi, Donna, Amy & Mindy are entering the next stage of their lives – as wives, mothers and business women. Affectionately known as the Honey Hill Girls, after the street where they grew up together, their friendships and love have strengthened with time and different experiences.

Sophia, now very happily
Effie Kammenou
Continuation of Evanthia's Gift - a story a true friendship and loyalty. ...more
Patricia (Pat)
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WAITING FOR AEGINA is the second in THE GIFT SAGA by Effie Kammenou. I feel it is her gift to me as I loved this sequel. EVANTHIA'S GIFT, the first in the series, was a wonderful story filled with love, hope, family , Greek culture, as the central theme. Continuing on after Sophia and Dino are married is the perfect spot for a reunion for me with my favorite characters. They are returning home after a party with their friends, when a drunken driver swerves into them causing serious injuries and ...more
Bobbi Wagner
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Waiting for Aegina (The Gift Saga Book 2) by Effie Kammenou is the second book in her The Gift Saga series. I highly suggest reading the first book before this one as this one picks up where the last one left off with Sophia. I enjoyed this book a little bit more then the first one. She has wrote a book that if heartfelt and full of compassion. The characters are connectable, lovable and true to life. They will take you on an emotional roller coaster that you won't be able to put down. The twist ...more
Kaitlynn Taylor
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Aegina- Effie Kammenou

5-star review

“Nothing is a sacrifice when you do it for the one you love.”

Waiting for Aegina by Effie Kammenou is the second book in The Gift Saga. I can’t even properly explain how excited I was to get my hands on this book. I couldn’t possibly love book one, Evanthia’s Gift, more the I did so I would strongly suggest reading it first in order to be properly introduced to these amazing characters. Waiting for Aegina is another five-star read and honestly if I c
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
a great read about the lasting power of friendship. when Sophia and her husband are injured in a car accident, their friends help them get through it. whilst doing soo, Sophia reminiscences over how they became friends as children. she struggles with the present situation by remembering the past and how her friends have always been there for her in ups and downs.
a great read. an excellent example of a switch of point of view in a sequel. well developed plot. well developed characters such as So
Candida Hopper
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Aegina (The Gift Saga Series Book 2) by Effie Kammenou

Wow, that is how I feel about this series and this book. My advice is to read book 1 first if you haven't done so because it gives you some history and picks up where the other one leaves off.. I fell in love with book 1 and I knew this one would be good but I didn't think the author could top book 1 but I was mistaken this one is a masterpiece!!!
This book tells us the story of 5 extraordinary women, Sophia, Demi, Amy, Mindy, an
Corrie Anne Stacey
This is book two of the gift saga. I didn’t think it would be possible for this to be better than the first…but it is! I adore this series, the characters, the settings, the plot… <3
It focuses on the five honey hill girls, Sophia, Amy, Demi, Donna and Mindy as they grow up throughout the years. How they support each other through highs and the lows of work and family life. I’m so invested in these loveable characters.
The book skips back and forward in time, sometimes find this style hard to fol
Natalie Hanley
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Aegina is the second book in the Gift saga from Effie Kammenou. It could be read as a standalone as it refers back to characters from the first book but does not rely on your previous knowledge in order to read it. Having read and loved book 1, I was really pleased to start book 2.
Told from the point of view of Sophia, second generation Greek, and her lifelong friends the “holly hill girls”, it is a touching and emotional read. We catch up with the characters we saw as young girls in
Kerry Baker
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Waiting for Aegina by Effie Kammenou is the second book in her Gift Saga series. It is a continuation of book one so I would highly recommend reading them in order otherwise you may struggle to connect with the story.
This book is told from the perspectives of Sophia and her friends. It follows their lives over a number of years, from them being young and inhibited to them navigating the obstacles of adult life. Throughout all the years they have remained completely loyal to each other, helping t
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Aegina (The Gift Saga Book 2 )
By Effie Kammenou
5/5 Stars

Waiting for Aegina is the second book in The Gift Saga by Effie Kammenou. I can’t even begin to tell you how much i love this book ( and series ). I highly recommend reading the first book, before reading this one. It has a lot of back story regarding all the characters.
This is a story about Mindy, Sophia, Demi, Amy, and Donna. They have been friends for as long as they can remember. It follows their ups and down through ma
M.V. Clark
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It's big and warmhearted AND has gripping storytelling. It's a sequel to an earlier book about five female friends growing up, Evanthia's Gift, but it totally stands on its own. Waiting for Aegina rejoins these women when they're a bit older with growing children and lengthy marriages and a certain amount of tragedy behind them.

Each woman has her own character arc and each of their journeys is really interesting in different ways. I recognised my own fears in these wom
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Waiting for Aegina by Effie Kammenou is the second book in her The Gift Series, and what a great follow up. Continuing the story of Mindy, Sophia, Demi, Amy and Donna; five friends who all grew up together in a small town and following the decades of friendship between them all. What was so unique about this book is that it was told from multiple viewpoints about the events that all of these women remember, having flashbacks that were so vivid I could all but picture them myself, of heartbreak, ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Aegina by Effie Kammenou is the second book in The Gift Saga. It is a five star novel. I like the name of the series because I feel that this author has definitely given us a gift by writing this series. She has dug deep and really delivered on a series explaining what it would be like to be a Greek immigrant. Coming to America was the option many Greeks chose when the Second World War came about. Evanthia’s Gift started out telling us the story of Anastacia. Her life was hard once s ...more
Ekaterina Botziou
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘Waiting for Aegina‘ is the second book in Effie’s ‘The Gift Saga‘ following the immensely popular ‘Evanthia’s Gift‘. Influenced by Effie’s heritage, both books are set against a beautiful Greek backdrop and combine love and romance with the poignant emotions of a coming of age drama.
In this second outing, the story continues to follow the life of Sophia as she enters middle age and has to face certain demons from her past. Familiar faces (or imagined faces in a reader’s case!) from the first bo
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Waiting for Aegina
By Effie Kammenou
4 stars

After reading and really enjoying Evanthia’s Gift I was looking forward to reading the next book in the series – Waiting for Aegina. I have to be honest and say I think I enjoyed this book a little bit more than the first book. I loved catching up with the characters and finding out more about them, especially Sophia. Even though each chapter is generally about a different character the book is really easy to read and follow. I would definitely recommend
Kristi McChurin
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything! Waiting for Aegina (The Gift Saga Book 2) by Effie Kammenou was so amazing. This was my very first time reading something written by this author and it won't be my last.
It is very hard to put into words how much I loved this book. It had everything...heartbreak, love, family, anger, acceptance, and the most important thing friendship. I completely envied the friendship that the women in this book had. Dropping everything when a friend was in need or just hanging around
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Aegina
By Effie Kammenou

This is the first book I have read be Effie and it won’t be the last. Waiting for Aegina caught my attention before the first chapter had finished. The are so many different stories in this book, yet they all gel together so we get to know the five main characters. What I also liked about this book was the recipes that are staggered through out the book, one I am going to try. Like I said there are five main characters Sophia, Demi, Donna, Mindy and Amy. These
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Effie Kammenou is a believer that it is never too late to chase your dreams, follow your heart, or change your career. She is proof of that. At one time, long ago, she'd hoped that by her age, she would have had an Oscar in her hand after a successful career as an actor. Instead, she worked in the optical field for 40 years while raising her two daughters.

In 2015, three years after the death of h

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