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LADY OF THE PIER: THE FLOW by Effrosyni Moschoudi

She won’t find peace until she finds redemption.
But it’ll take more than love; it’ll take two worlds, to merge into one.

BRIGHTON 1938
Laura and Christian enjoy a blissful summer, while Charles watches from a distance, waiting for the right time to intervene. This time, he’s prepared to do something truly vile as to leave nothing to chance. WWII breaks out, and Laura does her best to settle in a new life, having paid a terrible price. Will she find happiness at last, or will the past continue to haunt her?

CORFU 1988
Sofia arrives in Vassilaki brokenhearted over Danny. Just as a new boy comes into her life, the strange dreams start anew. Now in Brighton, she meets Danny again, but he blows hot and cold. When she sees a female apparition on the West Pier, she finds out the locals call her ‘The Lady of the Pier’. Is this the woman in her dreams and why is Sofia the only one who can see her?

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MY 5-STAR REVIEW OF LADY OF THE PIER: THE FLOW by EFFROSYNI MOSCHOUDI

Effrosyni Moschoudi’s The Lady Of The Pier: The Flow continues the parallel narrative established in her previous book The Lady Of The Pier: The Ebb. Returning to center stage are Sofia in 1987 Greece, and Laura in 1938 England. Although separated by 1500 miles and 50 years Sophia and Laura’s stories are mysteriously intertwined as they both struggle to deepen their relationships with the men they love without losing their own identity.

In the process both women must battle complicating factors. For Laura it’s a wealthy cad who lives in a fairytale castle and is so sleazy and oily he makes 10W40 look like champagne. He is determined to possess Laura and has the power to do it. For Sofia it is the travails of young love seen from a very female perspective. One can almost hear Tab Hunter singing “Young Love” in the background.

One storyline has dark overtones, the other is bittersweet and tender to the touch. Both are hauntingly mesmerizing and both unabashedly and frankly explore the depths of these two women’s hearts which drive the decisions they make about their lives. And inexplicably the mysterious Lady of the Pier intertwines their stories in ways that will raise goosebumps on your skin.

One message is clear: when it comes to love, rational thought is seldom a factor. “The Flow” also examines the camaraderie among women as they provide understanding and support for each other’s plights. This is a very positive portrayal of women and Ms. Moschoudi handles it with her customary panache and storytelling skill. If the ending doesn’t touch your heart, you probably don’t have one. Highly recommended.

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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.

8 thoughts on “LADY OF THE PIER: THE FLOW by Effrosyni Moschoudi

  1. Thank you Bob! What an awesome review, and well timed with the day of the launch! “If the ending doesn’t touch your heart, you probably don’t have one.” What a line! Thank you – this is going straight to the back cover of the paperback 🙂 You’re an amazing supporter and I am very grateful, Bob 🙂 MWAH!

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  2. I’m a sucker for a well-spun tale and you’ve spun a terrific one. Can’t wait for The Storm.

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  3. Wonderful review Bob, sweet stuff.
    Your readers might be interested to know that I’ve interviewed Fros on my FFI blog. Check it out here:
    http://kerryjdonovan.com/friday-fortnight-interview-with-effrosyni-moschoudi/

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  4. Thanks Kerry. Read and enjoyed your interview with Fros. She’s clearly just as interesting as the books she writes.

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  5. Great review – this book is on my list to read!

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