Beautiful Ipatia lives with her grandfather on the idyllic Greek island of Lipsi, where she follows the traditions of the Greek islanders. However, there is one tradition that she is determined to defy, and that is marriage. With her grandfather’s blessing, she leaves for Piraeus, where she will live with her aunt while attending university.
Just before her trip, Ipatia is rescued from a snake by handsome Tony, a Greek tycoon’s son. He is smitten by her, but she is determined to go through with her education. Ipatia’s carefully laid out plans go awry when her aunt is nowhere to be found in Piraeus. Circumstances bring Ipatia and Tony together again and their attraction grows. However, obstacles get in the way of their love, separating them. Ipatia leaves for America, determined to get her college degree. Will their love be strong enough to transcend the boundaries of distance and time?
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About the Author
She holds a BA in Biology from Case Western Reserve University, with minors in music and theater, and an MFA in Creative Writing from National University. She is the director of the Hellenic Writers Group of Washington DC. In addition, Ms. Apostolides has performed as a violist for the Cleveland Philharmonic, the Cleveland Women's Orchestra, and the Fairfield Symphony Orchestra. More recently, she has played as a violinist for the Frederick Symphony Orchestra and the Eklektika String Quartet. She lives in Maryland with her son.
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In Lipsi's Daughter, Patty Apostolides takes you on a romantic journey to Greece, but more importantly, to the heart of a girl--her hopes, dreams and loves. Patty is an excellent writer with an artist's sense of description. She puts you right there on Lipsi's Island, in that time and in that place. Her story is peopled by characters you feel you have known. And her story is touching and real. Although I am not Greek myself, my husband is and I am familiar with this warm culture. I loved very word of the book and so did my 89-year-old mother-in-law.
Young Ipatia Kouris has lived with her grandfather since her parents¿ death. He raised her in the traditional Greek style, intending that she marry and have children. But Ipatia wants to further her education and have a career before she makes the ultimate commitment and settles down. When a chance circumstance brings Tony Plakis into her life, his dark good looks and friendly charm sway her thoughts for the first time toward romance ¿ that is, until she learns he is already engaged. Tony Plakis earned a professor¿s degree, preferring to work in a field different from that of his wealthy shipping magnet father ¿ a father ignored him most of his life. But the elderly Plakis has other plans for his only son: Tony is to marry a wealthy heiress and take over the family business. His father¿s desires weigh heavily on Tony¿s mind as his father¿s ship visits the Dodecanese island of Lipsi. During a stroll on the island, Tony rescues Ipatia, a beautiful young woman whose innocence and traditional ways he finds refreshing. She is a complete change from the usual females he meets; those who desire him only for his wealth. After they part, Ipatia¿s shy smile and easy laughter continue to invade his mind. Tony learns that Ipatia is to travel to Piraeus -- the location of her future college and his father¿s business offices. When Tony¿s father becomes ill, out of family duty, Tony takes over the shipping business. Then Tony¿s engagement dissolves and he resolves to sway Ipatia¿s thoughts away from education and into his arms. Tony convinces Ipatia to work in the office to translate documents into English until her classes start. She is thrilled to work in Tony¿s office. After all, it affords her the opportunity to see him daily. Her only other male acquaintance is Michael Hatzis, a doctor who treated her swollen ankle and who, learning of her interest in the field of medicine, lets her borrow his medical journals. Michael admires the young woman, but it¿s obvious to him that Ipatia is in love with his best friend, Tony. When Tony learns that Ipatia and become friends with Michael, he cautiously withdraws his attention, confusing Ipatia. More obstacles stand in their path until one day, Tony convinces her to go on a picnic. During a drive to the mountaintop, they have a car accident. Ipatia recovers from her broken ribs and, wondering why she hasn¿t heard from Tony, visits his office, only to be told that Tony is on Crete. Discouraged and confused over his lack of attention, she departs, certain that Tony was only toying with her affections. Unknown to her is that the accident left Tony comatose for months. When he finally awakens, Tony has no memory of his past ¿ let alone of Ipatia. Ipatia flies to Chicago to join her aunt, who has recently married and is expecting a baby. There, Ipatia starts a new life, one involving education at an American college. There she meets other men, and ignores them. Her thoughts remain on the love she lost. Will Tony ever regain his memory of the beautiful young woman who touched his heart? Will the miles that separate Ipatia from her home ¿ and her one true love ¿ prevent a happy ending? You¿ll have to read the book to find out. Patty Apostolides is a fresh new author whose first romance novel is enchanting and wonderful. Lipsi's Daughter is filled with a sprinkling of music, a dash of love poems, and a hearty scoop of tender moments that tug at your heart. Her vivid descriptions will have you feeling as though you're in Greece, savoring the scenery, the people and, most of all, a story of love that will leave you longing for more.