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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (28 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1539742873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1539742876
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Mystical, romantic Moschoudi has really stamped her name on the genre she has created with The Amulet and her historical novels. Her heroine, Katie escapes from the drudge of an office job in Athens with a bullying female boss to find that by a single act of kindness she is transported to the idyllic Greek island of Sifnos. Inspite of her initial fear that her new job will turn out to have similar problems to her Athens job it is not long before she realises that fate has indeed been kind to her. Whilst Moschoudi always has written convincingly in her trilogy and fantasies, in this latest novel she demonstrates a maturity that will thrill her readers. To say more might act as a spoiler and with many books this one benefits from not reading a synopsis. But the words of the Abba song "I have a dream" just seem to accompany this lovely book!
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Absolutely loved this... has it all sadness, love, hope and friendship all set on a beautiful Greek Island. .. Love love love it
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I usually read thrillers but found this by chance. It's light-hearted and gently humorous and it brightened up my day. And because I am also psychic I kind of related to it!
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“…the most difficult people are the ones who suffer the most”

Sifnos is a charming island in the Cyclades, fringed by beautiful white beaches. Why not set a bit of romance and intrigue in such beautiful surroundings?

Katie Pavlides has had enough of her haranguing boss Roula, in a pipe factory on mainland Greece. Frustrated and thwarted she is at her wit’s end. She happens to bump into a gypsy woman (or did the gypsy woman bump into her..?), to whom she generously gives her cardigan. Much to her surprise the cardigan is returned. The gypsy’s name is Esmera and she presses a gorgeous amulet into Katie’s palm, which she wears with absolute delight.

Finding the courage to leave her draining job, she is taken on by Mrs Matina and her husband Spyros, who need help running their guesthouse. Sifnos is Katie’s dream destination and she is beyond happy to have the opportunity to be ensconced on this beautiful island. But Mrs Matina is clearly not a happy woman. No matter, Katie goes about her work welcoming guests and being a delight.

Her eye is soon caught by the handsome Aggelos, who has mysteriously moved into Room 27, yet no-one seems to have checked him in. He is on hand when crises erupt, for example, he has about his person a piece of cheese to lure a pet rodent back to its cage; he rescues a lady in distress in the water; and even guides Spyros back to land from a rather dangerous fishing trip. He is like a real guardian angel! And one Greek word you will learn when reading this sweet novel is that Aggelos is Greek for angel.

Katie soon falls for his handsome ways, and meets his friends Babis and Elise, but there are clear warnings that Aggelos is on a secret mission and will not be around for ever.
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This story was very heart warming a d co fined what I have a
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Iives for a reason. If Katie had t met our Gypsy. Friend she would t of followed the path to her new life , meeting Angelo's and them falling in love with ea h other I love happy ending s and in my mind they have some lovely angelic babies. Really loved the book
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I have read all of Effrosyni Moschoudi’s books to date and am delighted to say that this new book is just as good as each of the others. Once again this is a supernatural, fantasy style book, set in yet another beautiful part of Greece, Sifnos. However, this is a completely different type of fantasy novel to the earlier ones, this time using the idea of Guardian Angels. It is a wonderful story of friendship, protection and, of course, love, but a very pure love. Each of the characters has been carefully thought out and, as the plot develops and you find out more about who they are during the story, you often feel a pull on your emotions. I have to say that, without giving anything away about the story, when I found out who Angelos ‘was’, I had tears in my eyes. Even now, as I write about it here, I feel that same emotion that I felt when I read that part of the story. The author has a wonderful grasp of the English language and knows how to capture her readers and carry them along in the story she weaves. Her imagination draws you in from the first page and carries you along on a path of emotions, with a list of characters whom you will love for their individuality and quirkiness. I was waiting in anticipation for this new book to come out and I was not disappointed. It surpassed my expectations and, as with the previous books, I was not able to put it down until I had reached the very beautiful ending. I wish everyone could have an ‘Angelos’ in their lives; and yet, perhaps we do but may not know it. Another wonderful book from Effrosyni Moschoudi, so deserving of a 5-Star review. Do read this lovely book – you will not be disappointed at all and will come away believing that love and magic really do exist.
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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.
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