Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore update and the first author with news is Linda Bethea with a new collection of her wonderful short stories released on April 28th. Just Women Getting By.
WOMEN OF STRENGTH, FORTITUDE, AND BRAVERY
In this collection of six serials, Linda Swain Bethea weaves narratives of women through several centuries. The stories span from 1643 to 1957. Beginning in England in 1643, a young couple travels to Jamestown, Virginia, to begin a new life in the American frontier. The rest of the stories travel from West Texas to North Louisiana to the Texas Panhandle to East Texas.
Disease, death, starvation, and prison are faced with stoicism and common sense, and always, with a sense of humor.
The women in each tale stand tall and possess the wisdom and tenacity to hold families together under the worst conditions. Through it all, they persevere, and Linda Swain Bethea’s storytelling is a testament to the legacy they left.
Conversational and homey, you’ll fall in love with the women of Just Women Getting By – Leaving a Legacy of Strength, which celebrates the courage of those women who had no choice but to survive.
BUY THIS BOOK TO BE CAPTIVATED BACK TO A TIME WHEN GIVING UP WAS NOT AN OPTION.
Also by Linda Bethea
One of the latest reviews for the book
I highly recommend “Everything Smells Just Like Poke Salad”
Linda Swain-Bethea comes from a long line of wonderful storytellers and weaves Kathleen Holdaway-Swains memories into a delightful look at what life was like being raised during the Depression. Living in Cuthand, Texas a small out of the way town, considered the low country. Despite hard times, Kathleen’s parents made sure their children always had a roof over their heads, clean clothes and food on the table, including Poke Salad and received an education. Her detailed description of her family and life in Cuthand will have you laughing and yet there leaves a sadness that folks had to live through such hard times when every penny counted. You will meet the family and neighbors, friends and enemies through the eyes of a youngster from a poor but loving home. How the years of WWII affected her family and her future.
Kathleen gets herself into some precarious situations as a child due to her strict moral values instilled in her by her parents. It will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Her dreams for her future take twists and turns as she forges into the unknown and winds up in Louisiana and finally realizes her dream, only not quite the way she thought it would be.
Kathleen is alive and well and has not lost her sense of humor. She is surrounded by her loving family including her great-grandchildren.
There are also several photos included which put a face to some of the real people in this memoir.
Read some of the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Swain-Bethea/e/B01N5HA5C1
Read the reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15512783.Linda_Swain_Bethea
Connect to Linda Bethea via her blog: https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/
The next update is for Jacquie Biggar and her book The Beast Within – Mended Souls Two.
Can two displaced angels save a woman from the clutches of a vicious killer?
Julie Crenshaw is offered a news reporter’s job on beautiful Vancouver Island and grabs on like a lifeline.
But she didn’t expect to land in the crosshairs of a serial killer.
Connor O’Rourke has seen his share of human depravities during his fourteen years as a homicide detective, but is still sickened by the murderer terrorizing his island shores.
And threatening his key witness.
As the stakes rise, can two people from different backgrounds get a second chance at love or will a killer become the winner?
I have been looking forward to reading and reviewing this second book in the Mended Souls series. THE BEAST WITHIN by Jacquie Biggar did not disappoint! These books are a great blend of contemporary romance with added suspense and the paranormal element of guardian angels that have ties to the main characters.
Julie Crenshaw has made the move to Vancouver from Chicago with her two boys to help move on after the deadly accident a year ago that killed her husband and unborn daughter. It has been a difficult adjustment for them all, but at times she feels Mike is there to help her get through her toughest days, and he is watching over them.
One morning as she is out jogging, she stumbles across a severed foot inside of a sneaker. She reports her find and meets Detective Connor O’ Rourke, who is working similar cases attributed to The ABC Killer. Julie cannot get the detective off her mind and is surprised that she is finally attracted sexually to a man besides her deceased husband, but that cannot interfere with her job as a reporter for the local news to look into the murders.
Detective Connor O’Rourke is struck by the strength and not just the beauty of Julie to survive her past trauma. He is also worried about her safety since her find on the beach and her continued investigation into the killings. Julie takes his advice and sends her boys to visit their grandparents in Chicago. The sexual tension comes to a head and both Julie and Connor have to decide if they can have more than just a sexual relationship and build a future together. What neither of them realize is that they both know the killer and he already has plans for Julie.
Interwoven between the main romance plot, guardian angels Lucas and Mike are still both working to watch over those they loved before they died. They also are still working towards the forgiveness necessary to move on instead of the hate, blame and suffering after the accident that killed them both.
I loved this book as much as the first in this series. Ms. Biggar’s characters come to life emotionally in scenes that move you in every way. The second chance at love, the letting go of previous love lost, forgiveness and understanding. Both plotlines intertwine into a moving read that has me anxiously awaiting the next book!
Read the reviews on Amazon and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Beast-Within-Mended-Souls-Book-ebook/dp/B01MQEVI55
Read the reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32879778-the-beast-within
Also by Jacquie Biggar
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG
Connect to Jacquie via her website: http://jacqbiggar.com
The final update today is for Eloise de Sousa and her book The Iron Pendulum which featured here in the middle of last year.
Julia Webster and Hugo del Fuego are missing from their third floor apartment in Bagley. The grisly display discovered in their home leaves Detectives Perkins and Jones with little evidence to follow and, as more remains turn up, the pressure mounts to find the killer. Time is the key element in solving a case riddled with dead ends and a strange family hiding its true evil behind the façade of money and power.
Can they unravel the secrets hidden behind the closed doors and will it be enough to solve the case and rescue the couple in time?
Answering a missing person call, Detective Inspectors, Bob Jones and James Perkins enter a flat in Bagley and are greeted by a grisly sight. Large silver hooks are suspended above their heads fastened to the ceiling; the kind used for hanging freshly slaughtered livestock. Pieces of flesh, still dripping blood, are attached to the hooks. By the looks of the flesh, it could be animal or human… However, all they find inside the flat is an orange and green parrot screaming and screeching inside a cupboard.
If you aren’t creeped out yet, hang on! The occupants of the flat are missing. Julia Webster and Hugo Del Fuego, both in their early twenties have disappeared into thin air. The couple has rented the flat for the past three years and always were seen as dependable. Where could they be?
With little evidence to go on the detectives are thrown head first into one of the most bizarre missing person cases I have ever read. Author, Eloise De Sousa adeptly strings the reader along revealing more grisly discoveries along the way. There is an extraordinary family history intertwined within the story that propels you forward to the shocking conclusion.
For me, the story was all about the detectives. Both were interesting characters, deeply haunted by the inexplicable events. True to British murder mysteries, the author wove the detective’s own stories into the sequence of events, giving the story a realistic quality. I loved these detectives! They played off of one another’s strengths and weakness perfectly.
If you love a good murder mystery and don’t get squeamish reading about blood and murder, then this book is for you. I did get pretty creeped out, I won’t deny that. There is quite the shock factor when you reach the end… Remember, I warned you!
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Iron-Pendulum-Eloise-Sousa-ebook/dp/B01HYFLBII
Also by Eloise de Sousa
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Eloise-De-Sousa/e/B00JKTFVXI
Read the reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7781215.Eloise_De_Sousa
Connect to Eloise via her blog: https://eloisedesousa.wordpress.com/
Thank you for dropping in today and as always very grateful if you could share.. thanks Sally