When The Cypress Whispers | Book Review

Author, Yvette Manessis Corporon
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published, April 1st, 2014
Publisher, Harper

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 fiance-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.
I loved the description of this book and was excited to get started.  I have to say that I was not disappointed. 
I loved the descriptions of the island that were provided by the author.  You could really get a sense of the island life and almost felt like you had been there.  The island is filled with history, mystery, and myth, making it completely magical. There were also great descriptions of the food that was made.  You could almost taste it.
The relationship between Yia-yia and Daphne is wonderful.  Yia-yia knows just what Daphne needs in her life and  the island is calling her back.  Daphne has fond memories of the island life and has decided to get married there.  Yia-yia still has secrets that she wants to share with her granddaughter.
I truly enjoyed this book.  I would recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet, real written, romance.


 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.
Find out more about Yvette at her website, follow her on Twitter, and connect with her on Facebook.


  1. I loved this one too, and was really happy I had to chance to read it! Although it did make me awfully hungry with all the food descriptions!

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