Emily Giffin

When the Cypress Whispers is a rich, emotionally-nuanced story about a woman’s deeply held connection to her family and her past. With an evocative setting and finely-drawn characters, Corporon creates a beautiful world you won’t soon forget.”

Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author

Maria Menounos

When The Cypress Whispers is an unforgettable book about what it truly means to love and be loved.…Yvette has taken the myths, history and culture of our homeland and crafted a deeply moving story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished the last page.”

Maria Menounos

Laura Schroff

“Exquisitely written. A profoundly beautiful love story of the magical Greek island of Erikousa and the undeniable love and bond between Daphne and her beloved Yia-yia. It’s an enchanting read exploring Greek myths and the importance of understanding your fate and following your heart.”

Laura Schroff, New York Times bestelling author of An Invisible Thread

Kehila Kedosha Janina (The Museum of Greek Jewry, NY)

When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon grabs you from the first page and wraps itself around your heart. The author’s ability to enchant her readers, and paint pictures of life on a small remote island in Greece, makes it difficult for you to put the book down. Having visited the main island of Corfu many times, and being very familiar with the story of the Jews on the island, I was enthralled with When the Cypress Whispers. The story of the Jews of Corfu and their tremendous losses during the Holocaust is a story rarely told. With this book, the author has given us a brief glimpse of the multi-faceted dimensions of the horrors endured by Greece during World War II, the struggle for survival and the innate humanity of the rural Greek population that enabled some to reach past their own hardships and, in the process, save others. I would have loved this book even if there was absolutely nothing written on Greek Jewry, but the fact that this subject plays a prominent role in the book, made me love the book even more.”

Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, Museum Director, Kehila Kedosha Janina (The Museum of Greek Jewry, NY)

Mario Lopez

When the Cypress Whispers is a beautiful story about family, friendship and faith – the things I value most in life. Yvette has done a wonderful job blending the past and the present to write an unforgettable novel that will make you both laugh and cry. While my family is Mexican, not Greek, I can relate to so many stories and themes in this book and I’m sure readers from around the world will as well.”

Mario Lopez


“The power of family tradition and heritage is compassionately explored in Corporon’s debut about Daphne, a Greek-American woman who, having lost her husband and the father of her daughter, Evie, in a car accident in the U.S., tries to rebuild the pieces of her life in Greece. . . .. Corporon, a senior producer with the entertainment show Extra, can tell a good tale, and her love for her Greek heritage permeates the story.”

Publishers Weekly

ALA Booklist

“Though Daphne’s journey is the emotional center of the book, the real star is the island of Erikousa, from the sun-baked patios to the spitting widows who meet every ferry. There is just enough humor to balance the heartache, and a dash of history adds depth. Readers will be transported.”


Luxury Reading

“A compelling and beautiful novel.”

RT Book Reviews

“A fast-paced, emotional roller-coaster ride of a story. ..The author uses her knowledge of Greek history to weave a spellbinding story that fans will not soon forget.”

A Novel Review

When The Cypress Whispers is a beautifully written story of the love between a young woman and her Yia-yia. … Ms. Corporon’s descriptions were so perfectly written I almost felt the breeze and tasted the food.”

“Corporon does amazing job painting a literary picture where the sounds, sights, and smells of Greece are within inches. When the Cypress Whispers a sensory feast of words and passages that will have you smiling through tears of joy and wishing for those stories of your childhood that your grandmother used to tell. Corporon has not only woven a beautiful story, but she’s created something special here. The reminder that no matter where you are in life or what you think you need, if you have a family that loves you, no matter their idiosyncrasies or flaws, no matter what culture they are or what part of the world from which they originated, then you have damn good foundation.”

Shelf Awareness

“Sun-drenched, evocative and a wee bit magical, When the Cypress Whispers is both a perfect beach read and a compelling portrait of a family of strong women”