The Lady of the Pier: The Ebb (The Lady of the Pier #1) by Effrosyni Moschoudi



The author sent me a copy of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)


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?

CORFU, 1987
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?


Genre:  Paranormal Romance


(1937)  Laura squinted under the strong overhead lights, trying to see to whom he was talking. As soon as she registered who it was, all blood drained from her cheeks. The young man that was approaching now was the pest she had set her mind to avoid. Of all people, he had to be friends with Paul. Of all places, he had to work at the Pavilion. She knew that meeting him occasionally was inevitable, but wished it wouldn‘t happen so often. She‘d hoped that fate would‘ve granted her at least a perfect evening after her first day at work; to be allowed to celebrate without another annoying interlude that involved him.


(1987)  Hopeful, she rested her gaze on two British lads who were just arriving to lay their straw mats on the sand. The taller one was blond and quite handsome but other than that, there was nothing about him that stood out, or was worthy of mention to her ranting girlfriend. His companion however was quite a character. She watched him as he kicked off his flip-flops, then lay down his straw mat and started to walk towards the water, but he wasn‘t exactly walking. It was more like a skipping kind of movement, and it was combined with rhythmic shaking from his arms and shoulders. He seemed to be dancing to a tune that only he could hear. That‘s when he turned around, and she noticed that he had a Walkman clipped on his swim shorts and earphones in his ears. Sofia chuckled.



My Opinion

The book introduces you to its protagonists from two different times and locations.

In 1937, Laura Mayfield and her mother Ruth travel to the seaside. Her mother’s health improves; Laura finds employment at the West Pier – and love. She and Christian are both working class, Laura is striving for more. She gets a one-in-a-million chance which endangers her relationship.

In 1987, Sofia Aspioti travels from Athens to Corfu to spend her summer as usual with her grandparents. Even from a distance, her father influences what she may and may not do. She is allowed to work with a relative, meets British tourist Danny, and falls in love. Strange dreams begin to haunt her.

I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With The Lady of the Pier: The Ebb, Effrosyni Moschoudi has created the promising start of a paranormal romance series: The Lady of the Pier. The Lady of the Pier: The Ebb is an entertaining and fast read, making you want to read more. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt close to what happened in both times and countries. All relevant characters became so real that I ‘reacted’ to them. Effrosyni’s descriptions create a live sensation i.e. you easily see, hear, and smell. I have never before felt this burning wish to visit Greece and/or Corfu.  😀

It makes sense that both threads end with a cliffhanger. In this case I do not mind at all, knowing that the next volume will solve what I do not know, yet. Moreover, the cliffhangers give the readers the great opportunity to imagine what might come to pass.

This is a book to read again; and the start of a series to be looking forward to.


About the author

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She has a BSc in Computer Science and has worked for large companies for twenty years, mainly in the hotel and airline business. She’s been writing since childhood and lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a naughty cat called Felix. She’s passionate about books and movies and dedicates sufficient time on her weekends to enjoy a bit of both.


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