About the author (provided by tour host)
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 her mother from pancreatic cancer, she published her debut novel, Evanthia’s Gift, book one in a women’s fiction, multigenerational love story, and family saga, inspired by her mother and her Greek heritage. Kammenou continues to pick her father’s brain for stories of his family’s life in Lesvos, Greece, and their journey to America. Her interview with him was published in the nationally circulated magazine Reminisce.
Evanthia’s Gift: Book One in The Gift Saga was a 2016 finalist in the Readers Favorite Book Awards. Waiting for Aegina: Book Two in The Gift Saga was awarded finalist status in the 2019 International Book Awards and Chasing Petalouthes, the last book in the trilogy, had also placed in the Readers Favorite Book Awards for the 2018 contest.
Her latest novel, the first book in a new contemporary romance series, is now complete. Love is What You Bake of It, follows Kally’s path to independence despite her sometimes stifling family and her tumultuous road to finding love. But it wouldn’t be a Kammenou novel without a delve into the past, or the references to mouth-watering foods.
Effie Kammenou is a first-generation Greek-American who lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing or posting recipes on her food blog, aptly named cheffieskitchen, you can find her entertaining family and friends or traveling for ‘research.’
As an avid cook and baker, a skill she learned from watching her Athenian mother, she incorporated traditional Greek family recipes throughout the books for a little extra ‘flavor.’
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Hofstra University.
Publication Date: 24th March 2020
Publisher: Independently Published
ISBN: Paperback 978-0-578-60978-2
Also available in Ebook format.
Pages: 278 pages
Genre: Woman’s Fiction
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: Love Books Tours
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
The only love Kally Andarakis is baking is in the form of the sweet treats she whips up in her cafe, The Coffee Klatch.
Kally never belived herself to be a person worthy of love, but when an intocicating man she considered out of her league pursues her, she risks everything to be with him. Later, when tragedy strikes, truths are revealed that leave Kally broken- hearted and untrusting.
Eight Years later, Kally is a successful pastry chef running the cafe she’d always dreamed of owning. With a home of her own, a profession she’s passionate about and the support and love of friends and family, Kally is content with the life she has carved out for herself.
Until the day Max Vardaxis walks into her cafe…
With arguing parents, meddling relatives, an overly energetic grandmother, a man- crazy best friend, and the long ago, mysterious disappearance of a grandfather, this new man in town is just one more complication in Kally’s Life, if not the main one.
Kally must now decide whether to keep her heart safe or to once again take a ‘Whisk on love’
I would like to thank Love Books Tours for inviting me to read and review for the blog tour for Love Is What You Bake Of It by Effie Kammenou and for gifting me a copy.
Love Is What You Bake Of It by Effie Kammenou is the first book in The Meraki Series.
Kally is living out her dream of baking and running her own cafe The Coffee Klatch and having her own home. Coming from a Greek family food is always at the centre of any gathering, and that is where Kally get’s her love of baking. She is one of three sister and family is very important to them. Their grandmother is convinced her husband is still alive after he made her flee from Greece to Amarica with their daughter( Kally’s mother) with the promise to follow when he could. They are still waiting years down the line. With family and friends trying to pair her off at every possibility, Kally makes it clear she’s in no rush to do so. Kally thinks she is not worthy of having a happy-ever- after, when she has had stings from a past relationship and a bunch of unanswered questions.
Kally believes she is happy with her lot until Max walks into The Coffee Klatch causing her world to be turned on its head. Max also has trust issues from the past and has done things he isn’t proud of, but he is trying to turn is life around for him and his daughter.
Kally has a massive tragedy at her beloved cafe that brakes her heart, leaving her without a job and business; with no way of rebuilding. But the people around her and Max has other ideas.
Can Kally and Max get over their rocky start? Can they accept each others past mistakes? Will Kally ever be baking in her cafe again? Will Kally’s grandmother find out why her husband never followed her and their daughter all those years ago?
Love Is What You Bake It by Effie Kammenou is a perfect romance book! It whisk’s you away to a delicious place with wonderful characters that you can’t help but become attached too. I found my self devouring this book like the sweet treat it is! I loved the fact that it was written from Kally’s and Max’s point of view, with snippets from Kally’s mother and grandmother. It really made me the reader feel connected to the characters in the most wonderful way. Effie’s writing style is so dreamy and perfect in my eye’s!!!!! Another thing I LOVE LOVE LOVE is that Effie has included some recipes at the end of some chapters where the food appears in that particular chapter… How cute is that!? I will endeavour to try some of them out and get my Greek on!!!!!!!
This story is just dreamy and was just what I needed, I really can’t wait to read the next book in this series which follows the next sister. I really wish I could give this more star’s because I have a feeling this is a book I will re-read again. Highly recommended from me!!!!!
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