When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon is simply a beautiful story. Everything from the gorgeous cover to the setting of Greece make this story all the more enticing. It is a story of family, friendship, romance, and the importance of the beliefs and faith that we hold dear.
Daphne, the daughter of Greek immigrants, feels she has finally gotten to a point in her life where she is happy. She never thought she’d get back on her feet after losing her husband but she has and she’s making a life for herself and her daughter Evie. She’s a successful New York chef who is about to marry again. The one thing she is adamant about in marrying Stephen is that she wants to get married on the magical island in Greece that gave her such joy as a child. Even more important is that her grandmother is there and Daphne wants to see her again and even more have Evie meet her.
Daphne’s grandmother has always been such a big part of her life. She spent her summers with her Yia-yia and while they cooked her grandmother would tell Daphne story after story. The thing about Daphne’s grandmother is that she can see things that others can’t. When Daphne arrives on the island to spend time with her grandmother before the marriage takes place she is surprised by many of the stories and warnings she gets from her. Daphne is torn … should she marry, should she stay on the island, and most of all is she looking for what’s important in all the wrong places.
This novel has some important lessons for all of us on family, friendship, and love. Sometimes we get so busy with our lives that we don’t stop to see what is truly important. When the Cypress Whispers is full of fantastic characters who are warm and caring and you find yourself missing them when you turn that last page. The descriptions of food are literally mouth watering and the tales of the myths and island legends captivating. I truly enjoyed this novel and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to all who enjoy women’s fiction!
Source: Digital review copy received from the publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.