Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update- Paulette Mahurin, M.C.V. Egan and Jean M. Cogdell

Throughout the year over 120 authors have been promoted weekly on the blog and their books now reside in the virtual bookstore along with their buy links and websites. In the run up to Christmas I will be visiting all the authors in the store and checking for updates and new reviews on their most recent books. If you are in the bookstore and have recently published a new book, received a rave review then please let me know..

The first book to be updated is set in one of the darkest times in our modern history.  At this time of year we use the expression ‘Lest we Forget’ to remember all those who gave their lives in time of conflict. There are still those alive who remember this time in their lives all to well. But, they are few and it is up to the storytellers to keep their memoires alive. The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin

51sem6psgll-_uy250_About the book

One of the darkest times in human history was the insane design and execution to rid the world of Jews and “undesirables.” At the hands of the powerful evil madman Adolf Hitler, families were ripped apart and millions were slaughtered. Persecution, torture, devastation, and enduring the unthinkable remained for those who lived.

This is the story of one woman who lived to tell her story. This is a narrative of how a young beautiful teenager, Helen Stein, and her family were torn asunder, ultimately bringing her to Auschwitz. It was there she suffered heinous indignity at the hands of the SS. It was also there, in that death camp, she encountered compassion, selfless acts of kindness, and friendship.

Written by the award-winning, best-selling author of His Name Was Ben, comes a story of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave you thinking about Helen Stein and The Seven Year Dress for years to come after the last page is shut

The book has over 200 reviews and here are just two of the most recent.

This story is full of heartbreak and hope. By Alathia Morgan on July 6, 2016

This book while fictional made history come alive with the story of Helen. A Jewish, young woman caught in a time of horror for her people and nation.Taken back to the beginnings of Hitler’s rise to power, Helen is protected from the growing issues with Jewish and undesirables who are being purged from society. Her friend, Max is considered undesirable because of his desires for those of his sex. When he is offered a position with the Hitler youth, he takes it to blend in and offer Helen and her family aid.

As things change with the lose of her father’s job, schooling at home and little to no medical care; they continue to make ends meet by adapting to their environment. One night a phone call has Helen quickly leaving the house in an act that will save her life.

Hiding for several years, she is discovered and taken to a camp where she tries to survive in any way possible.This story is full of heartbreak and hope. It proves there are good people out there willing to help even in the darkest of times.

Simply Superb By Rea on July 29, 2016

When it comes to writing about the Holocaust it is a very difficult and emotional subject, especially when the story is told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman. Mahurin is simply a superb craftsperson who draws you into the story and wraps it around you.

I cried, I yelled in anger and frustration and I wept with joy, much like Helen, the poor subject of the story. Simply put, this is an unbelievably fantastic read that although hard and at times very difficult to stomach, is so reaffirming of humanity, that you simply cannot look away.

I would recommend this book as compulsory reading to anyone jaded by the twenty-first century. Learn from our past. Brilliant work Mahurin.

Also by Paulette Mahurin


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Profits from Paulette’s books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.


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During these devastating years there were a number of mysteries that have still to be solved and one such event took place in 1939. My next book today, The Bridge of Deaths, is by M.C.V. Egan (Catalina Egan) and has a very personal connection to her family.


About the book

On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykobing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland. With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt.

The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust. The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.”

Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions. Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.

The book has over 80 reviews across two editions and here is a recent one.

A deeply personal, meticulously researched, unique story. By Eleanor Parker Sapia on June 16, 2016

On August 15, 1939, the cabin of a US-built British aircraft caught on fire and crashed near a bridge in Denmark under mysterious circumstances. The pilot survived and all the passengers perished. The group of passengers on board included: a German corporate lawyer, two employees of Standard Oil of New Jersey, additional crewmember, an English Member of Parliament, and the grandfather of the author, M.C.V. Egan.

Shortly afterward, World War II began.Under a shroud of secrecy and mystery, the author embarked on a twenty-year labor of love of meticulous, copious research and interesting interviews in search of answers. This unique novel, which could easily fall under historical fiction, mystery, and memoir, introduces the reader to an interesting cast of characters that include, the author; Bill, a real man the author has never met; a fictional young woman named Maggie; and of course, a few psychics who specialize in past life regression.

You’re in for quite a ride with this unique story!

Does the author solve the mystery? You’ll just have to read “The Bridges of Death” to find out. I heard there is a sequel in the works, which should make for an interesting read. I recommend this well-researched mystery romance about a little known historical event to readers of history, historical fiction, mystery, and autobiography. I look forward to more from this author.

Also by M.C.V.Egan

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On a lighter note a new book from Jean. M. Cogdell – published on November 12th it is already receiving rave reviews. A Reluctant Little Prince a book for all young boys.. and girls and those of us who enjoy a well written story.

51nb2nvtrhl-_uy250_About the book

This little boy wants to know what he will be when he grows up. An astronaut or maybe the President? One thing he knows for sure, he can’t be a “Little Prince,” if his mommy’s not a Queen. What will he be when he grows up?

This story is written in simple rhyme and filled with sweet illustrations of a “Little Prince” with a big imagination and a lot of questions.

Young boys will enjoy hearing how one “Little Prince” discovers a world of possibilities.

Two of the early reviews for the book.

Highly Recommended By Tricia Pimental on November 21, 2016

My first response after finishing this well-crafted ebook was, “I hope the author produces a print copy that I can give to my grandchildren.” (Fortunately, it’s in the works.) Ms. Cogdell has combined engaging illustrations with prose stimulating enough for adults yet simple enough for children. She uses some sophisticated rhyming (“listen” with “permission”) and a fun allusion to Mohammed Ali, when the young boy states he will “sting like a bee.”
A treat for every reader.

Simply beautiful By ReadaholicUK on November 15, 2016

I’ve just read the reluctant prince and the reluctant princess, and about to read it again. So far my thoughts are that it is a beautiful book for children. I love the flow, the rhyme technique throughout the book, this not only opens children to understand language from a different perspective but also opens them to enjoy learning. The rhyme throughout is easy to catch especially for little children. I can already see them being able to pick up the lines and recall them throughout the day whilst playing. I like the theme, of what he wants to be, many options to choose from, I love the way the book has incorporated boxing, and the infamous line ‘sting like a bee’ by Mr Ali. I personally loved it.

Beautiful images and colourful too, a book for girls and one especially for it’s too is an excellent initiative for each gender to personally enjoy their book.
Would love to see this in hardcopy.

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Also by Jean M. Cogdell


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I hope that you have enjoyed today’s updates of authors in my Cafe & Bookstore. It would be great if you could share on your own social media to spread the word far and wide.

thanks Sally

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  4. A wonderful collection of books, one of which I read and enjoyed (Bridge of Deaths). I just may have to add to my bursting TBR list once again. Thanks, Sally, for sharing these authors with us. Blessings & hugs! Xx 😘

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