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Riding the wind

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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. 


The story, told by Eleni’s brother, is a hymn to a woman who managed to pull herself out of hell and kept going until she reached the bright lights of recognition, fame, love and riches. In this Odyssey that takes her from a small Greek village to Paris and the world of high fashion, she has her strength of character to rely on. That and a love that is so strong that nothing can ever wrench out of her soul.

 Kastaniotis, 2003, 392 p..

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. 

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