Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews- Brigid P. Gallagher, Mary Anne Edwards and Daniel Kemp

Thanks for dropping in today for the first of the Cafe and Bookstore updates for the week. With new releases ready for Christmas and lots of great reviews being posted, it is going to be a busy few weeks.

So please let me know if you have a new release coming out or have received a great new review that you would like to share. With 150+ authors in the Cafe and Bookstore I can miss them. I have a few in the buffer, but don’t want to miss out. Email me on sally.cronin

The first author today with a recent review is Brigid P. Gallagher for her book Watching for 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.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Robert Fear 5.0 out of 5 stars 5* Absorbing Read 11 September 2018

I finished this absorbing read in two sessions.

Brigid Gallagher’s memoir is a well-written book, full of beautiful descriptions, and tells of a life full of trials and tribulations. These include the childhood tragedy of losing her mum and the untimely deaths of her dad along with other family members in later life. She also experiences serious health struggles and learns how important it is to slow down.

The author’s travels in Egypt, India, Rome, Lourdes and Bali were of special interest. I also enjoyed her descriptions of the many homes she lived in and the way they represented different phases of her life. In addition, I felt a close affinity through her love of cats and the way they played an integral part in her life.

There were many other things I learned that I knew little about. The book shed a new light on areas such as auras, spiritual healing, crystal therapy, colour therapy, reflexology and aromatherapy. These played an important part in the author’s life development and working career.

Born in the same year as me, I found it interesting to read how her life progressed compared with mine. There are lessons on life and coping mechanisms she has learned to use I now want to apply to my life. I was left with a sense of positivity when I finished reading her story.

Thank you for sharing your life with us Brigid Gallagher. Many of us will learn that key lesson of the ‘Importance of Slow’.

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The next author with a new review is Mary Anne Edwards with Flirting with Time, Book Five in the Charlie McClung Mystery Series..

About the series

The Detective Charlie McClung mysteries are gripping yet tender novels. The books are set in the early 1980s, a time without cell phones or laptop computers making life more simple but solving crime more difficult. The plots are filled with twists and turns. The characters are believable yet complex. They are people you know or want to know.

About Flirting with Time – Book Five of the series

Do you know what it’s like to feel someone stalking you, shadowing every move you make?

For months now, Detective Charlie McClung and his wife have been tormented by an elusive figure, toying with them, almost daring the detective to catch him.

Any hopes that this is the work of a harmless prankster vanish when an innocent man is found brutally murdered.

McClung will go to any lengths to protect his family, but how far is too far?

A recent review for the book

Great read  on September 24, 2018

Fantastic book, this series just keeps getting better and better (if that is possible). Again I could not work out the end and boy what an end!!!! Full of thrill and suspense. Can’t wait for next book.

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Also by Mary Anne Edwards

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The next review is for Why? A Complicated Love by Daniel Kemp.

About the book

Why? Is a story set in a web of despair, sex, unreachable emotion and love.

One man’s crippling injuries, caused by an unprovoked, vicious attack, ruins the lives of everyone around him. This includes Terry Meadows, a nineteen-year-old boy who falls in love with the main character’s daughter Laura, twenty-seven years before the opening of the story.

The twisted, interconnecting matrix in which Francis, Laura’s father, lives, destroys and distorts his daughter’s image of life beyond repair. It is a sad tragedy with an unexpected ending.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

Why starts with a sex-obsessed protagonist and develops into a tragic love story. There’s every possible element of a mafioso set-up, but it goes further. The story has certain elements that remind me of Rigoletto (the Duke of Mantua, his court jester, and a young innocent woman, caught in the power game belonging to a medieval court). It’s brought forward to a contemporary period, but the essence is similar, and the victim is female. There are some differences: two female leads, the young woman and her mother who suffers a similar fate, except that she’s left her innocence behind years ago. Why is well written and believable.

The protagonist survives to lead a new life of sorts, but he is damaged beyond repair. He knows this but is able to make the best of a lousy deal. The book starts at the end: the love-object has already died, and Kemp rolls out the narrative on this background. This isn’t a book that lives through the writing as such. It is the heart-wrenching plot that stays with the reader. Still, the writing brings across the characters’ agony. Nobody exists without suffering. Not in the world, Daniel Kemp opens up for his readers. The strong element of crime and sordid humanity makes the love-story even more devastating. It is a surprisingly thoughtful book. Highly recommended.

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And on Amazon US:

Also by Daniel Kemp

Read the reviews and buy the books:

And on Amazon US:

Read more reviews and follow Daniel on Goodreads:

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Thank you again for popping in and I hope that you will check out these authors and their books. There are around 500 + books in the Cafe and Bookstore so you need never be stuck for your next book….


17 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews- Brigid P. Gallagher, Mary Anne Edwards and Daniel Kemp

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