Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – John Fioravanti and Judith Barrow

The first author featured today is John Fioravanti with three of his most recent reviews for his latest release Reflections: Inspirational Quotes and Interpretations.

About the book

What do YOU think?

Does this question engage you or take you out of your comfort zone? Does it put you on the spot? REFLECTIONS is award-winning author and former educator John Fioravanti’s answer.

Offering his interpretations of fifty quotes by contemporary and ancient thinkers alike, John dives deep below the surface of words and explores the deeper meanings that shape his view of the world.

Deeply personal and presented in a self-effacing manner, these self-aware reflections will encourage you to dig deep within yourself and to discover more about the underlying truths that guide you.

Without trumpets or fanfare of any kind, John Fioravanti aspires to inspire you!

on May 25, 2017

The author, John Fioravanti, has done a marvelous job is selecting each of the inspirational quotes he has chosen for inclusion in this book.

Starting off with a selected quote and who said it, the author then shifts his reader’s attention to how each quote has come to manifest itself in own existence as he reflects on his personal thoughts. As I read through each of the quotes I found myself experiencing my own contemplations as to how each of the quotes relates to life, with a variety of emotions, from sad to happy, coming up for. I read this book over a course of two days, because I wanted to write my review for it; but I feel, anyone who opts to get a copy of his endeavor by Mr. Fiorvanti, should take their time getting through the book by reading one quote a day, then reflecting on what it means to yourself and finally comparing your experience to that of the author’s. The results I had received on a handful of occasions had paralleled that of the author’s signifying how while we might feel our lives are unique to ourselves, they are in fact, shared by others. For having given me and that of other readers, an insightful reading experience by asking us in the beginning of the book’s description; “What do YOU think?”, how can I not give the author the 5 STARS I’ve given him.

Wisdom to Dream On  on May 16, 2017

This is a wonderful book to keep bedside. Beautiful reflections on quotes and sayings that we may have read, but not really considered in depth, or at least Fioravanti’s depth. The author endows his interpretations with unique and personal insight, bringing new life to even the most familiar quotes. Really enjoyed this book, and plan to keep it as a handy reference.

Reflections by author Fioravanti is an absolute gem of a book. The author candidly shares his interpretations of 50 inspirational quotes by well-known and highly distinguished people, such as: Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, and Anne Frank, just to name a few. The author articulates his thoughts so eloquently, with such candour and grace, it’s impossible not to look within and dare to reflect on our own thoughts and perceptions, without self-imposed judgement or fear.

I took my time reading this book, allowing myself to reflect and engage with my personal views. I have since revisited many of the 50 interpretations, and firmly believe this book will be one that will stay with me for years to come. I currently have the eBook version, but will be treating myself to the printed version for sure.

This is a gift for the soul and a highly recommended read!

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I am a huge fan of Judith Barrow’s books and have read all of them. We are waiting eagerly for her prequel to the story due out in August, but in the meantime Judith has released a short story collection. Secrets: In the Shadows Lurks the Truth, shares stories of some of the characters we met in the series.

Judith was my guest on Saturday at the book reading at the cafe and if you missed the interview here is the link:

About the book

Ashford, home of the Howarth family,is a gritty northern mill town, a community of no-nonsense Lancashire folk, who speak their minds and are quick to judge. But how many of them are hiding secrets that wouldn’t stand up to the scrutiny of others?
Judith Barrow’s Howarth Family trilogy, Pattern of Shadows, Changing Patterns and Living in the Shadows, along with the prequel, A Hundred Tiny Threads, published by Honno Press, is peopled with just such characters. Here are some of their secret stories – the girl who had to relinquish her baby, the boy who went to war too young, the wife who couldn’t take any more…

“Judith Barrow has surpassed herself in writing this great family saga… There is such a wealth of fantastic characters to fall in love with and ones to hate! (Brook Cottage Books)

Also by Judith Barrow

One of the reviews for Living in the Shadows and the series in general.

I loved the first two parts of this series so was delighted when a friend bought me the final book in glorious paperback as a present. Living in the Shadows, like the rest of the series, is quality through and through.

This part is set in the late 1960’s and Mary and Peter Schormann are living a quiet life in Wales with their nearly grown up children, Richard and Victoria, who are at that late teenage stage where good and bad decisions are made over the choices that lie before them. Despite being twins, they are very different. Richard is studious and steady aiming for a career in medicine whereas Victoria is much less settled and causes a lot of distress by running away with the romantic idea of joining a hippie commune.

Mary’s niece, Linda Booth, is working in a hospital as a nurse but an altercation with the husband of one of her patients awakens the past and secrets dating back to the war come back to haunt the present.

This author doesn’t rely on the image of the swinging sixties as a happy hippie time of peace and free love but shows the darker side, the side not viewed through rose tinted glasses I suppose. Therefore, homophobia, domestic violence and the more sinister view of hippie communes all feature and help to paint a more realistic feel to that time.

Here is the cover reveal for the new book out in August.

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Thank you for dropping in today and please help spread the news of John and Judith’s reviews and new release. thanks Sally

25 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – John Fioravanti and Judith Barrow

  1. Sally, this spotlight on John’s book “Reflections” is so good! I’ve had it on my “to buy” list and now just ordered got my paperback. Your post was a sign that I needed to do so today 🙂 I will be awaiting the mail. Also nice to see Judith spotlighted and I hope to read her books in the future too. I’m in Indie land and loving it 🙂

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