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Livanou Bessie

Livanou Bessie

Bessie Livanou was born in Greece. At the age of 17 she left for London where she studied Business Administration and later English Literature. She did many jobs in London, the States and finally back to Athens. She started writing articles for foreign as well as Greek magazines. When her first Greek novel was published in 1995, Bessie Livanou decided to devote herself to writing which she has been doing successfully ever since. “Big Girls don’t Cry”, became a best seller at the time it was published and is still selling well. Bessie Livanou lives in Athens. She has three children and one granddaughter. 

Forced into an arranged marriage to a man with a sick passion for her, Eleni a beautiful, free spirited young woman, will be trapped in a web of degradation, pain, tears and intrigue. In her darkest hour a man will come to wake her up, and lead her to a world of love and tenderness. Then, catastrophe will come. Her lover will disappear her husband will be shot and Eleni, unable to prove her innocence, will be taken to prison. It is there she will give birth to a son who her in laws will swiftly snatch away from her. 

While diving in the deep waters of a small Aegean island, Manos Karpidis will catch a glimpse of a beautiful nude woman who will swiftly disappear. Manos will ask around about her but no one seems to know anything. A couple of days later he will meet the woman again and they will both embark on a relationship full of passion and mystery. The body of a murdered man found just off the island will create havoc as the police come over and start questioning people.

They nicknamed me “Alley Cat!” as if they were the ultimate judges of morality. I never knew my father and grew up in an orphanage after my mother perished in that fire. I fell in love, was betrayed and ended up in hospital my soul and body in shatters. That is when I decided never to let anyone come close enough to hurt me again. Yes, I did use men. But, did they not get what they came after me for? My husband was not a “Don” as people said.

Are recurring dreams an omen? Are they warnings? Or are they a manifestation of a disturbed mind? From high society Boston across the ocean to London’s West End we follow Julia’s steps as struggles with her kaleidoscopic nightmare.

With her mind on the brink of an abyss, Julia will resort to bizarre methods in order to safeguard her marriage to the man she is obsessed with. Robert, Julia’s husband, is trapped out of honor and loyalty, in a marriage of compassion devoid of happiness. While on a business trip to Rome, among ancient ruins Robert will meet a woman who will give him all the happiness, the laughter and tenderness he has been missing.