Peg Karadimas reviews The Storm, the final book of the haunting and intriguing trilogy, ‘The Lady of the Pier’, by Effrosyni Moschoudi.
The Lady of the Pier Trilogy by Effrosyni Moschoudi
I finally finished the last book of the haunting and intriguing trilogy, The Lady of the Pier, by Effrosyni Moschoudi, The Storm: A WWII Romance. This story culminates the connection between Laura and Sophia’s lives in a tragic and unusual fate.
Author Effrosyni Moschoudi
Effrosyni Moschoudi, is a writer of novels, a book reviewer, and an avid blogger. Effrosyni describes herself as a “dreamer, perpetual teenager, seeker of truth and beauty…”, and says that she writes for people like herself, who love Greece and Greek culture. Effrosyni lives in Athens with her husband and her cat Felix; and holidays about 10 days a year at her favorite place on earth — the island of Corfu.
About The Storm
Sofia does her best to get over Danny by meeting new people and socializing more. However, the spirit haunting her is relentless, and the manifestations soon become scarier. This eventually leads to Danny and Sofia rekindling their relationship. When Danny receives a brown scarf for his birthday, it triggers the spirit into haunting him as well. Where will the spirit finally lead them to and why?
The situation between Laura and Charles has deteriorated immensely; Charles is never home and spends most of his time with his mistress, yet has no intention of leaving his wife. Laura eventually finds out from her good friend, Maggie, that Christian has survived the war, albeit with a serious injury. Maggie urges Laura to make a bold decision but Laura is hesitant and nervous. Her friend points out, “ A soldier faces death every day, sometimes his very own! Do you think the past matters?” Laura’s decision leads her to a dramatic turning point in her life.
Review of The Storm
Just like the other two books, the story shifts back and forth from Laura’s 1940 wartime era to Sophia’s love story in the late 80’s. The spirit which has been haunting her throughout book 1 and 2, plays a pivotal and essential role in this novel as well, though with bolder manifestations–a true mark of a paranormal phenomenon. It definitely made sense that the spirit was propelling Sofia closer to key people in this mystery. It was, however, elaborate in forcing Danny’s hand in his decision to reunite with Sophia. However, as they move through their relationship, with the aid of the spirit, the identity of the ghost is revealed, along with why it has haunted them, culminating to a bittersweet ending.
The Storm, is my favorite of the trilogy series. Of the two women’s stories, Laura’s is my favorite. I enjoyed reading about the 1940’s — the golden age of the Pier — England, and WW II. This young woman, gutsy and strong willed for her era, made bold decisions in her life and always adhered to the consequences. And when she chose to change her fate one more time, it turned out to be the melodramatic peak and the converging point of the trilogy.
There were many unexpected twists after that point and I felt nostalgic about Laura’s life but satisfied that Danny and Sofia would have a future together. Overall, I loved that The Storm’s plot moved steadily, and especially that the book has such momentum, that at times I felt as if I was watching it on TV — the drama was so intense!
Other books in The Lady of the Pier Trilogy
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By: Effrosyni Moschoudi
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (June 26, 2015)
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