Appointment with Yesterday Book Review & Giveaway

I love historical fiction, memoirs and coming-of-age stories. I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review Appointment with Yesterday, a new book from author Christopher Stratakis. What did I think of Appointment with Yesterday?   Check out my review--and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Author: Christopher Stratakis
Genre:  coming-of-age / WWII / immigrant experience
Publisher:   IndieReader

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Book

A poignant and compelling first novel, Appointment with Yesterday tells the story of Yanni, a cheeky and delightful Greek boy growing up in a small town on an island in the eastern Aegean.

Left in the care of his loving grandparents, Yanni endures the deprivation and terror of the German occupation during World War II and finally leaves his beloved homeland and family to rejoin the parents who had left him behind to make a better life for themselves in America.

Filled with heartbreaking and heartwarming stories of love, devotion, disenchantment, and dashed dreams, Appointment with Yesterday is, ultimately, the story of hardships overcome and a determined boy’s journey toward finding his destiny.

My Review
​Stratakis offers a glimpse to the past.  While this book is not an actual memoir, the writing style of the author creates a memoir feel based upon pieces of his own past as he guides readers through the lives of his fictional characters.  Readers will find the book very realistic and filled with the emotional stories of life and growth--and change.  Readers will be drawn to the characters and will enjoy watching their lives unfold on the pages of the book.  The author builds the story perfectly and keeps readers engaged from the very first page through the end.

Stratakis incorporates a blend of styles in this book.   Through his settings and descriptions, the author takes readers along, throughout time and across continents, with his main character.  Readers will connect with the past and the emotions and struggles of the characters--through both a moving storyline and a diary-like, memoir feel.

Would I recommend Appointment with Yesterday? I adore memoirs and I love historical fiction.  I think the author's writing creates a wonderfully depicted coming of age story while keeping a light, soothing storytelling format.  I loved the flow of this book.  I really felt that the character was sharing his personal life story with readers.  I particularly enjoy realistic fiction--and this book felt very real and very true.  I would highly  recommend this book to fans of both memoirs and historical fiction.

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Meet the Author

Christopher Stratakis was born and raised in Greece. After moving to America, he graduated from Drexel University in 1951 and New York University School of Law in 1955. Shortly after joining the law firm of Poles, Tublin & Patestides in 1960, he became a partner, specializing in admiralty and corporate law.

He has written and published several articles, lectured on professional and historical subjects, served as Legal Advisor to several non-profits (pro bono), and was an arbitrator in maritime disputes. He is the author of Mnimes “Memories” (2010), a book of essays, short stories, and poems that he wrote as a teenager. In 2015, he co-edited Chains on Parallel Roads, a book published by Panchiaki “Korais” Society of New York. In recognition of his extensive community involvement, he has been the recipient of several awards from religious, governmental, and educational institutions.

Mr. Stratakis lives with his wife in New York City. He is the proud father of three and grandfather of three. This is his first novel.

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