LOVE WILL GO ON FOREVER, SEEKING A SECOND CHANCE.
Laura Mayfield leaves London with her mother Ruth in order to pursue a new life in Brighton. She finds employment at the West Pier Pavilion and soon falls in love with Christian Searle, one of the stagehands at the theatre. Laura aspires to a life of riches but this annoys and frightens the proud and insecure Christian, causing rows between them. When she is offered the chance to perform at the theatre, her love for Christian is put to the ultimate test. Charles Willard, a wealthy and arrogant aristocrat becomes fascinated by her and pursues her relentlessly, causing Christian to become enraged. Will Laura’s desire for wealth throw her in the arms of Charles or will her feelings for Christian prevail?
Sofia Aspioti, a Greek student from Athens, arrives in Corfu for her annual summer holidays at her grandparents’ house, relieved to escape her overprotective parents’ care for a while. She takes on a job at the local water sports pier and when Danny Markson, a larger-than-life British tourist flirts with her, she is initially worried that his advances will cause her trouble with her strict family. Yet, by the time she realises that she’s desperately in love, she finds she no longer cares. When Danny returns home to a village near Brighton, Sofia becomes haunted by a series of dreams about the West Pier and a woman dressed in black. As if cast by a spell, she takes to writing poems about a love that won’t let go. Who is the grieving woman in her dreams and how is her sorrow related to her own feelings for Danny?
MY 5-STAR REVIEW OF LADY OF THE PIER: THE EBB by EFFROSYNI MOSCHOUDI
Effrosyni Moschoudi’s The Lady Of The Pier: The Ebb is a parallel narrative divided by half a century. It centers around two young women, one in Greece, Sofia, and one in England, Laura. Both are on the threshold of womanhood when life is magical and discovering true love the greatest adventure of all. This is first and foremost a grand, sometimes heart aching, love story.
The two stories are joined together by seaside piers where the young women find employment, Laura at one of the magnificent piers at Brighton Beach, and Sofia at a much more modest pier at the Greek village of Vassilaki on Corfu, an island in the Ionian Sea. It is on these piers, fifty years apart, that Laura and Sofia meet the young men who they will fall in love with.
I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a good love story honestly told, especially by a skilled writer like Ms. Moschoudi. There is one scene in particular when two of the lovers have to part, maybe never to meet again, that is written so powerfully and driven by such raw youthful emotions that it took my breath away. And I’m an action/thriller kind of guy.
There is a haunting connection between the two narratives. The journeys of Laura and Sofia are somehow intertwined, but how can they be, separated as they are by half a century? It gives the stories an air of mystery. It tickles your brain.
The locations are colorful and peopled with fascinating characters. Ms. Moschoudi does not do the tour bus itinerary of stopping at one place for a couple of hours before moving on to the next. Instead, she gives you all the time you want to explore, meet people, and soak up the atmosphere. It’s a delightful trip and I strongly urge you to take it. This would make an excellent stocking stuffer.
Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she often sat alone in her granny’s garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. Through adolescence, she wrote dark poetry that suited her melancholic, romantic nature. She’s passionate about books and movies and simply couldn’t live without them. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a naughty cat called Felix.