Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Jessica Norrie, Brigid Gallagher and Gigi Sedlmayer

Welcome to the next Christmas Book Fair and today three authors showcasing their books and reviews. Whether you would like to buy the books for yourself for Christmas, or buy for family and friends, there is something in the bookstore for any age group.

The first author is Jessica Norrie who has entertained and informed us with her posts on books and other literary pursuits over the last few months.  Here is her book that has received excellent reviews.

Jessica Norrie

About the Book.

In this thoughtful novel set on a sun-baked island, Adrian Hartman, the charismatic director of the Serendipity holiday community, is responsible for ensuring the perfect mindful break, with personal growth and inner peace guaranteed. People return year after year to bare their souls. For some, Adrian IS Serendipity. But Adrian disappears, and with him goes the serenity of his staff and guests, who are bewildered without their leader. The hostility of the local villagers is beginning to boil over. Is their anger justified or are the visitors, each in a different way, just paranoid?

As romance turns sour and conflict threatens the stability of both communities, everyone has to find their own way to survive. This evocative story explores the decisions of adults who still need to come of age, the effect of well-intentioned tourism on a traditional community, and the real meaning of getting away from it all.

The most recent review for the book

The book is written in a quiet manner, nothing is sweating anything other than calm, but it has something about it that made me want to read more and more, so I can say that I enjoyed reading it very much. My favorite scene was when Chris entered the pool. The reason I am mentioning this is because the novel is so well written, that even though there is nothing supernatural going on in the book, Jessica managed to give me the feeling of an almost evil ritual, like the pool is going to swallow the life out of the character.

Read some of the many excellent reviews and buy the book:

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The next author who continues to receive wonderful reviews for her book which would be enjoyed by anyone who likes a memoir that is inspiring and illustrates the strength of the human spirit. Brigid P. Gallagher and Watching the Daisies.

About the book

Millions of people around the world suffer from fibromyalgia; the majority of them are women. As yet, there is no cure.

In this memoir, Brigid P. Gallagher shares her experiences on:

  • The busy life she followed before succumbing to this debilitating disease
  • Stopping and soul searching for answers to her vast array of symptoms
  • Entering a new life of SLOW

Drawing on her knowledge and experience as a Natural Medicines therapist, she seeks out therapies to aid her healing and integrates a variety of self help techniques and lifestyle changes. She also unearths a love of solo travel including Egypt, India, Rome, Lourdes, Carcassonne and Bali…

Brigid learns many insights about LIFE on her journey, the most valuable being: “First learn to love thyself.”

In 2006, she began a new career in Organic Horticulture eventually teaching part time in schools. Although she has now retired from teaching, she continues to pursue her lifelong passion for gardening and watching the daisies.

The most recent review for the book

on October 10, 2017

I had read Brigid’s blog for a while when I bought the book and was quite sure I would enjoy it. I was not disappointed, in fact to the contrary it surpassed my expectations. Her back story is poignant and clearly significantly impacted on the woman she grew to be. She tells the tale in a soft voice which gently steers you through her places. Lovely, lovely and with a heart full of love for those that she cares for. Her journey into healing and ultimately self-healing is fascinating. She does not shun traditional medicine but rather listens intently to the diagnoses whilst simultaneously drawing on her decades of learning many many alternative healing forms.

As a travalogue it is rich and varied with moments that echo Elizabeth Gilbert in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ mode but her voice is a different voice. I highly recommend this book. I was drawn to buy it for my sister-in-law who suffers with fibromyalgia and the book is now with her. I know she will find much of the practical advice helpful. I know too that the spiritual journey will resonate softly with her. As the whole book did with me.

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the book:

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and to get you in the Christmas spirit.. Brigid has selected a lovely festive piece of music. Oh Holy Night sung by Susan Boyle


The last author today is prolific children’s author of the Talon Series.. Gigi Sedlmayer, whose series of books are very popular with young children through to YA. I am going to feature book one in the series Talon Come Fly With Me, since this would be the logical place to start with subsequent books for birthdays etc.

About Talon Come Fly With Me.

An inspirational, highly emotional and entertaining read for all ages

This bookis a lovely adventure with an amazing heroine. Matica is a strong, brave girl, who battles with her handicap and how others view her. But thisisn’t a story only about her gaining acceptance or over coming herchallenges. Rather, it’s a tale packed full of exciting moments and tons of emotions. Matica comes across naturally as does the village andworld around her. It’s beautifully set and an easy landscape to diveinto.

The way the author revealed each situation is fun to read and it made one anxious to see what’s next. Acceptance was eloquently woven into the story without being blatant. And the other thing I learned was that when certain things happen, you don’t always know why and just maybe something goodwill come of it.

One of the great reviews for book one.

Simply Brilliant on 4 March 2017

This book is simply brilliant; it’s also simply delightful and delightfully simple as well. I confess I took it up with trepidation. I felt it would not be for me. Maticia, an Australian girl, living with her parents and younger brother high in the Andes of remotest Peru. A girl with serious problems, not the least of them regarding her growth. A ten year old trapped in a two year old’s body, ostracized by the locals, their children forbidden to play with her for fear she would bring them bad luck. A lost, lonely little soul who manages to bond with a pair of condors and finds herself entrusted by the birds with their one precious egg in the hope that she can save it from poachers. It seemed unlikely, I thought. But I opened the book as I felt I must and then did not close it again till the end which, alas, came all too soon.

The style is plain; it’s simple, straightforward English; very instructive to children, I thought. Yet in no time at all disbelief was suspended and rich imagery – that came from I know not where – had me soaring on a more than three metre wing span, soaring with a pair of condors, high in the pure Andean air. That and waiting in nail biting tension with Maticia and her family to see if the pair’s egg would hatch.

Does it? No way do I say. There will be no spoilers from me. But I will say that the tale has a high moral ending which is extremely uplifting as well, particularly for Maticia. Obviously the book is intended for children and young adults but if it can entrance a hard bitten seventy year old like me it must be good for everyone.  I recommend it to all.
D. A. Barker; Author of “Killing for Christmas,” & “What Am I?”

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Also by Gigi Sedlymayer

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Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share these authors and their books. thanks Sally


16 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Jessica Norrie, Brigid Gallagher and Gigi Sedlmayer

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  2. Another three fantastic books from very talented authors Sally. I have Brigid’s to read over Christmas and Am really looking forward to it. And more so now after reading that wonderful review

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