- Title: The Lady of the Pier – The Flow
- Author: Effrosyni Moschoudi
- File Size: 2732 KB
- Print Length: 378 Pages
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- Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Publication Date: June 16, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZFLCWWS
- Formats: Paperback and Kindle
- Genres: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Drama, Paranormal, Historical Romance
*The author provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review which follows*
This is the second book in The Lady of the Pier Series. Please click here to read my review of the first book, “The Lady of the Pier – The Ebb.”
The story resumes in Brighton in 1938 with Laura and Christian reunited in their love for each other. Meanwhile, Laura’s mother, Ruth bitterly fumes that Laura has left the wealthy Charles Willard behind to embrace Christian. Ruth’s dreams of seeing her daughter married to a nobleman disintegrate before her eyes. Ruth’s ripe indignation drives a wedge between her and Laura that seems to fester and grow like a sickness.
As the summer wears into autumn, Ruth’s health begins to take a turn for the worse. Persistent bouts of Bronchitis wrack her weak chest prompting a visit to the local doctor. Tests are run and unbeknownst to Laura or Ruth, the doctor breaks protocols and informs Lord Charles Willard of Ruth’s dire condition.
This was just the opportunity that Charles was looking for. He knows that he can get Laura back into his scheming arms by taking care of her mother… for a price that will cost Laura everything she holds dear.
Athens, December 1987
Sofia finds herself preparing to travel to Brighton to study art and design leaving the confines of her family far behind in Greece. Her heartbroken from losing Danny, she vows to move on with her life.
After her arrival in Brighton, Sofia does eventually meets up with Danny just as he promised long ago on the shores of the azure seas in Corfu. However, he leaves her feeling stunned as he seems to be on again and off again in his relationship with her. Dumbfounded by Danny’s reactions Sofia strives for a new life, one without Danny.
A chance meeting brings a new man into Sofia’s life which sets into motion a new set of dreams featuring the red-haired woman of her past dreams in Corfu, who the locals call the Lady of the Pier in Brighton. These paranormal dreams begin to take on a life of their own and blossom into full-fledged visions that occur during the day leaving Sofia confused and wrapped up within the confines of the mystery, unclear in what direction to turn.
Just as Laura struggles to find true love, so does Sofia, each in their own separate time warp; somehow bridged by the haunting apparition of the Lady of the Pier.
I absolutely love the way these two stories twine together supported by an enigmatic thread of paranormal activity that lets the reader know there is more going on here than meets the eye. It appears to me that both Sofia and Laura must learn about love the hard way, through their own choices.
I think the Brighton Pier is the symbolic element that acts as the bridge between both eras and both women. In the second book, I felt the tightening of the plot drawing both women along on a path to a destiny that must intersect in the last novel.
In the first novel, there were two piers, one in Corfu and one in Brighton. In the second part of the series the two piers have merged into just one, the Brighton Pier where the stories of both women are now unfolding.
Once again, just as with her first novel, the descriptions painted by the words of Ms. Moschoudi transported me easily between the two time periods in Brighton. The characters are even more endearing in this volume. The memories of your own first loves and losses will create a shared empathy of bridging the gap into adulthood just as both of these young women are experiencing.
Even though I was once again left with many questions regarding the haunting images of the Lady of the Pier and how Sofia and Laura figure in, I do highly recommend this book. I know the story will continue to unfold in the last volume. I sense there is a final reckoning waiting to reveal itself in “The Storm,” the final book of the trilogy to be published in December 2015. I can’t wait to continue the series to find out what happens next!
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 4.5
Reader Enrichment: 4.5
Reader Enjoyment: 4.5
Overall Rate: 4.5
About Effrosyni Moschoudi:
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. Effrosyni is a proud member of the writer’s group, ENovel Authors at Work.
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