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Waiting for Aegina (The Gift Saga #2)

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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 thirty years la
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Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published January 6th 2017 by Effie Kammenou
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H.L.
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
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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
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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
Angela
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
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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
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Effie Kammenou
Continuation of Evanthia's Gift - a story a true friendship and loyalty.
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
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Sarah
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
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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
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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
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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
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Julie
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
Ashleigh
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
Nicole
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 man
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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
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Katie
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
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Krystal Gregory
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Aegina, The Gift Saga Book 2, by Effie Kammenou
5 out of 5 stars
This is the second book to this incredible series. This is a very emotional read and I love every minute of it. This author knows how to paint an incredible picture. This book follows five childhood friends, very similar to the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, but these are the Honey Hill Girls. These girls have been through everything together. Life tragedy, heartache, love, decisions, anything you can think of, these ladies have suffe
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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
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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
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Sue
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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Amie's Book Reviews
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 
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Dori cousley
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Aegina by Effie Kammenou is the second book in The Gift Saga Series. This story starts where Evanthia's Gift ended. This novel is about friendship and the different challenges that go with it. Waiting for Aegina follows the friendship of these women, they call themselves the Honey Hill girls through the decades. Through the many ups and downs they all experience, they could always count on their friendship to get them through the good and bad times.

Waiting for Aegina is a great well
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Mary King
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is part 2 of the Gift saga, it was a gift to me that i will never forget I loved this series , it is wonderful it picks up from the first book and it has sadness, happiness, and times where you need your friends and family. The story covers each of the 5 girls l( Honey Hill Girls) is what they call themselves , it tells their stories and what they have to go through and how they help each other. there are strong connection to each of their life and they always come back to the group. you wi ...more
Caralee
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Aegina By Effie Kammenou

5 Stars!!!


This second book in the series is just as good as the first. This is definitely a case of things can only get better! I truly enjoyed this second book just as much as the first. The way that the author can write a multi character first person story is very refreshing and unique. I really couldn't put this book down.


I went through pretty much the same complex emotions with this book as I did the first and I loved how the author was able to build the
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Erin
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I give Waiting for Aegina (The Gift Saga Book 2) by Effie Kammenou 5 stars.

This is the second book in the series, but I found this one even more enjoyable than the first. The first book covered several generations and was heavy on Greek traditions and influence. The second book took the younger generation from book one and covered their lives in much detail. I am not Greek so the second book was more relatable to me. But of course, this is my opinion.

You will go through all of the emotions in t
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Kaylin McFarren
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I relish endearing, character-driven stories about relationships between women and Waiting for Aegina did not disappoint in this regard. The Honey Hill Girls have returned in this second book filled with personal drama involving their families and the people in their lives. But despite it all, these women manage to stick together through thick and thin, spanning time while traveling the globe from Greece to New York. Though a bit slow at times when it came to the action I normally enjoy reading, ...more
Sunday
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Waiting for Aegina by Effie Kammenou
Four Stars

Waiting for Aegina is the second book in the Gift Saga by Effie Kammenou. This series should be read in order as this book begins where the first left off. I especially like the Greek cultures, customs and recipes that are sprinkled through both books. This book continues on with Sophie’s story and the “Honey Hill Girls”. I love the relationship these women have and how they deal with the good and bad times that happen in life. This book is full of
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The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Absolutely beautiful read of friendship. 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 Review of . . . WAITING FOR AEGINA (The Gift Saga, #2) . . . Emily Lawrence gave some spark and life to the telling of this tal
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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 thought 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 and is the proud mother of two accomplished young women.

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Other books in the series

The Gift Saga (3 books)
  • Evanthia's Gift (The Gift Saga #1)
  • Chasing Petalouthes (The Gift Saga #3)