A novel by Patty Apostolides
Ipatia, a 17 year old orphan, lives on the Greek Island of Lipsi with her grandfather. Rather than settling for the traditional marriage path, she leaves for Piraeus with high hopes of obtaining a college education. Unable to connect with her aunt in Piraeus, she is forced to stay with a wealthy shipowner's family that knows her grandfather. Ipatia secretly falls in love with the shipowner's son, Tony. He hires her temporarily to translate some documents for him and their love blossoms. Obstacles get in the way. Will they get together again?
Listen to the First Chapter of Lipsi's Daughter -
Patty Apostolides, narrator
"This superbly charactered and richly endowed bitter-sweet romance has all the right messages and morals that will warm the cockles of every Greek mother's heart. This is a story of an independent, strong willed young lady who challenges conventional norms, while maintaining her values. How relevant the message is for these turbulent times!"
- Joseph C. Keane, Hellenic Cultural Commission, AHEPAN Magazine Jan 2006.
"Patty Apostolides has written a romance that abounds with action and suspense while weaving vivid descriptions of the settings. This book is not only a romance but it intertwines family, religious and educational values. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to everyone who likes a romance that takes you away to other countries."
- Melissa Alvarez, About.com
"The Greek characters spring to life with their hopes, dreams, and fears. Filled with important family values, educational ideals, and an underlying religious foundation, this story is sure to please young and old alike."
- Constantine Papadakis, Ph.D., President, Drexel University, 2004
"Ipatia Kouris has her life planned out, and it does not include marriage. She knows the world has more to offer an intelligent young woman than a relationship that fate can destroy on a whim. Her plan involves leaving the little island she lives on with her grandfather and going to Piraeus to obtain her education at a university. When Ipatia lands in harm’s way and is rescued by the strikingly handsome Tony Plakis, she experiences feelings she has never known and realizes there is more to life than merely existing.
Although he is attracted to Ipatia, Tony is in a dilemma. He is torn between pleasing his ailing father who hopes he will marry another while running the family business, and listening to his heart which sings a song for Ipatia. Even after Tony and Ipatia agree on a melody, they must still dance with destiny, and destiny is a fierce keeper of secrets. Will Tony’s and Ipatia’s love survive or will time erase all the music of their hearts?
Although Lipsi’s Daughter starts a little slowly, the story picks up quickly and unfolds into an enjoyable, albeit predictable romance. The scenery descriptions were exceptionally well written, especially that of Lipsi Island. Nearly all of the characters were appealing. Tony and Ipatia were the perfect couple. They played together as finely as a Stradivarius. Tony was the quiet and gentle loving suitor who would let nothing keep him away from the love of his life. Tony’s sister, Melissa, was one of the few characters who was not particularly attractive. Her personality was temperamental and childish, and the tale probably could have survived just as well without her.
Still, one bad apple does not ruin a whole tree, and Lipsi’s Daughter remains a charming story."
- Natasha, Romancereview.com
"Lipsi’s Daughter gives us a picture of what life in Greece was like at the end of the 20th century for a girl raised in a family with conservative values. Ipatia conforms to the expectations of society without rebellion—except that she wants to go to the university even though her grandfather and relatives want her to get married immediately after high school and have children.
Readers of this 2014 novel who have read the 2015 Helena’s Choice will be familiar with some of its themes. Lipsi’s Daughter begins in 1988, thus giving a more contemporary picture of Greek society than Helena’s Choice, which begins in 1838. Yet in both novels, the girl has two men who are interested in marrying her. In both novels, the girl falls in love with one of them, the one who is skilled in Greek art history and archeology. And in both novels, the marriage decision for the heroine is put on hold as the story develops.
The reason for the delay in Lipsi’s Daughter that allows Ipatia to go to America and graduate from the university is unique if somewhat wanting in credibility. What the novel does well is to show what it is like to be immersed in two cultures at once.
- Rea Keech, Author, RealNiceBooks.com
"Having been to the island of Lipsi several times and having seen the way of life, the authors descriptions of the culture and the way she captured the authentic scenery brought back fond memories. Lipsi"s Daughter is a story of a young orphan girl named Ipatia, whose character I fell in love with. She was shy and innocent, yet so full of love and life. She hadn't had the easiest of lives since her parents died, but then she meets Tony, a rich shipowners son who from the moment he saw her he couldn't get her out of his mind. Their journey together and the obstacles they encounter will make you laugh, cry, and surely keep you in suspense. I admired Ipatia's determination for an education and her passion and appreciation for life. She never lost hope! This book had me yearning for more long after I finished it. "
- Seva Staki G., Australia
"I picked up Lipsi's Daughter a few days ago and was unable to put it down; drawn on by the ever-increasing suspense and emotion of Patty and Tony's touching love story. Excitement and momentum are created by several chance encounters and a car accident that erases Tony's memory of the courtship.
Readers will recognize the money-minded but competent sister; the socialite Tony's father has chosen for him; and the business obsessed father with his unannounced plans to make Tony, a contented professor, company president. These and other well-drawn characters jump from the pages.
The difference between Patty's traditional, island culture and Tony's world of academia and Athens life heightens the tension. But the charmingly simple style, reminding me of Hemingway, causes this dichotomy between the two settings to appear timeless and well suited to the beautifully portrayed Greek islands.
Cute rhymes at the introduction to each chapter impart a certain color and lightheartedness to an emotional tale. The story's perspective and texture is further enhanced by its being told alternately from Patty and Tony's points of view.
This is a remarkably compelling and clever novel. When can we expect the next one from this promising author?"
- Christopher Brown, Ph.D. ***** Stars, Pennsylvania
"Young Ipatia Kouris has lived with her grandfather since her parents' death. He raised her in the traditional Greek style, intending that she marry and have children. But Ipatia wants to further her education and have a career before she makes the ultimate commitment and settles down. When a chance circumstance brings Tony Plakis into her life, his dark good looks and friendly charm sway her thoughts for the first time toward romance - that is, until she learns he is already engaged.
Tony Plakis earned a professor's degree, preferring to work in a field different from that of his wealthy shipping magnet father - a father ignored him most of his life. But the elderly Plakis has other plans for his only son: Tony is to marry a wealthy heiress and take over the family business. His father's desires weigh heavily on Tony's mind as his father's ship visits the Dodecanese island of Lipsi. During a stroll on the island, Tony rescues Ipatia, a beautiful young woman whose innocence and traditional ways he finds refreshing. She is a complete change from the usual females he meets; those who desire him only for his wealth. After they part, Ipatia's shy smile and easy laughter continue to invade his mind.
Tony learns that Ipatia is to travel to Piraeus -- the location of her future college and his father's business offices. When Tony's father becomes ill, out of family duty, Tony takes over the shipping business. Then Tony's engagement dissolves and he resolves to sway Ipatia's thoughts away from education and into his arms.
Tony convinces Ipatia to work in the office to translate documents into English until her classes start. She is thrilled to work in Tony's office. After all, it affords her the opportunity to see him daily. Her only other male acquaintance is Michael Hatzis, a doctor who treated her swollen ankle and who, learning of her interest in the field of medicine, lets her borrow his medical journals. Michael admires the young woman, but it's obvious to him that Ipatia is in love with his best friend, Tony. When Tony learns that Ipatia and become friends with Michael, he cautiously withdraws his attention, confusing Ipatia. More obstacles stand in their path until one day, Tony convinces her to go on a picnic. During a drive to the mountaintop, they have a car accident.
Ipatia recovers from her broken ribs and, wondering why she hasn't heard from Tony, visits his office, only to be told that Tony is on Crete. Discouraged and confused over his lack of attention, she departs, certain that Tony was only toying with her affections.
Unknown to her is that the accident left Tony comatose for months. When he finally awakens, Tony has no memory of his past - let alone of Ipatia.
Ipatia flies to Chicago to join her aunt, who has recently married and is expecting a baby. There, Ipatia starts a new life, one involving education at an American college. There she meets other men, and ignores them. Her thoughts remain on the love she lost.
Will Tony ever regain his memory of the beautiful young woman who touched his heart? Will the miles that separate Ipatia from her home - and her one true love - prevent a happy ending? You'll have to read the book to find out.
Patty Apostolides is a fresh new author whose first romance novel is enchanting and wonderful. Lipsi's Daughter is filled with a sprinkling of music, a dash of love poems, and a hearty scoop of tender moments that tug at your heart. Her vivid descriptions will have you feeling as though you're in Greece, savoring the scenery, the people and, most of all, a story of love that will leave you longing for more."
- Linda Morelli, award-winning author.
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"Lipsi's daughter is a wonderful book for everyone to enjoy. It is a book which builds a strong foundation on family morals and values. As you read about the main character Ipatia, the family values spring into life. The author brings out respect and caring for the elderly, proper behavior towards the opposite sex(courting the old fashion way)with a focus on what is true love, a strong foundation of faith, helping your neighbors and your community out of your own will,valuing the importance of education and showing the closeness of a family with relatives helping one another. Ipatia, an orphan who lives with her grandfather on Lipsi island is raised with old family traditions and values. She shows respect towards her grandfather and she cherishes and exercises the values that her grandfather has instilled in her. When she goes off to Pireus to be educated, thousands of miles away from her home, she does not forget her grandfather. She stays in contact at all times because she cares for her grandfather and asks for his advice in critical actions she is about to take in life. Her strong solid foundation of values make her succeed in pursuing her dream to be educated. When she encounters her true love, she presents herself in a respectable way which is very much being admired. She goes off and helps her neighbors when they are injured, and helps relatives when in need as in the time when she stays with her aunt. She helps her aunt around the house and watches her baby without being asked.
The author brings out the basic family values that todays society is loosing especially in the young generation. Not only that these values come into life, but they are described clearly through the Greek culture which brings nostalgia to those readers of Greek descent. For the non greek reader who is not familiar with Greek culture, the author describes, explains and teaches such traditions and culture very well.
Not only does the author brings out the important things in life, she makes it enjoyable and adds suspense to the main two characters of Ipatia and Tony keeping the reader alert and wondering. Will they have a happy ending? Will they find each other or will Michael the doctor separate them because of his interest in Ipatia? Will faith bring Ipatia and Tony together after a long separation due to a tragic accident? I began reading the book on my vacation to Greece this summer of 2004 and I couldn't put it down. It is well written and very enjoyable! I recommended it to the young and old!!!"
- by Kathy Tassis,PhD., Maryland
"A charmingly simple and simply charming story. As a reader, you find yourself cheering Ipatia all the way as she battles tried and true traditions against the temptations life and love beyond her village upbringing. You cross your fingers hoping it will turn out just the way you want it to, as you turn page by page to the final conclusion. You are transported to a simpler time and place and immersed in a way of life when simple things brought simple joys and all was possible through faith and love. A good read...you'll enjoy it.'
- by Stella C. Hatgiannis, Author
"A beautiful young greek orphan girl named Ipatia, grows up in a isolated village on an island raised by her loving grandfather. She is brought up with old fashioned customs of earlier times. However, this is modern Greece and she moves to the big city to live with her Aunt to continue her education. Ipatia has to cope with modern life in Greece while retaining her traditional old fashioned values that she learned from her grandfather. This conflict of these old fashioned values, in modern Greece continues through her daily life , while continuing her education, in her work, and her relations with other people. The author clearly explains Greek Culture as the story continues through modern Greece and Greek-American life in Chicago. A chance meeting with a handsome young greek man visiting the island continues as a possible romance with many obstacles in the way. Great romantic story with a Greek theme."
- by George C. Kalomeres, Ohio
"The lovers hide their feelings; overcome many obstacles, finally (after four years of separation) find one another and express their true feelings. The reader comes to only one conclusion: they live happily everafter."
- by Mike G. of Ohio
"This first chapter is subtly enchanting. For those of us who have been to Greece, fallen in love with a place, a special place, or the whole country collectively and completely, the setting, the action, the characters are a delightful fleeting memory. Somehow, the tree, the water, the magical encounter between Ipatia and Tony open memories. I will not only recommend this book to Everyone I know, I'm ordering copies for each of my three daughters to savor. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I want to read your poetry!"
- Sophia K., Florida
"I recently purchased one of your autographed books, Lipsi's Daughter. I just wanted to write and say that it was absolutely wonderful! I loved the story, the characters and the Greek setting! I would like to know if you have written any other books or if you are planning to write more. I would love to purchase these to read. Thank you again for writing such a beautiful novel!" - Vasia M.G.
"I finished your book a few days ago and it was really a wonderful book. My daughter and I went to the beach for a week and I couldn't put it down. It was a great book and I didn't want it to end.
Great job!" - Marina P.
"What a fun book! A Great Cinderella feel good story! Good job!" - Kay N., Michigan
"Enjoyed it very much - recommended it to several family members."
- Debbie K., Ohio
"I couldn't put this book down until I read it all. It reminded me of the harbor in Kavala. I have loaned it to several friends at church and they loved it."
- Pat P., South Carolina