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?
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
To write this book, I drew heavily on my experiences as a youngster, spending my summers at my grandparents’ house in Corfu, Greece. Although Sofia’s story is a work of fiction, it is peppered with autobiographical elements.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Sofia has a lot of things in common with me as a youngster. For one, she is an Athenian who loves her summer holidays in Corfu. It was inevitable to write a character like that as my love for Corfu and my own grandparents defines me. As for Laura, she was born from my fascination about the city of Brighton and the West Pier.
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About the Author:
Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. Having spent twenty years doing office work in Greece and England, she’s gained precious insights into human behavior—the good, the wonderful and the just plain awful—that often finds its way into her novels. She’s been writing since childhood and is passionate about books and movies. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a naughty cat called Felix.
Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, is an urban fantasy of Greek myths and time travel that’s suitable for all ages. In 2014, it made the shortlist for the “50 Best Self-Published Books Worth Reading” from Indie Author Land.
Her paranormal romance, The Lady of the Pier – The Ebb, is an ABNA Quarter-Finalist. The Ebb is the first part of a trilogy. The other two volumes will be published in 2015.
Effrosyni’s books are available in Kindle and paperback format.
Links to Purchase eBooks
Link To Buy The Lady of the Pier – The Ebb On Amazon