Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Claire Fullerton, C.S. Boyack and Balroop Singh

Welcome to the second edition of the Cafe and Bookstore update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with recent reviews is Claire Fullerton for the Southern family saga Mourning Dove.

About Mourning Dove

The heart has a home when it has an ally.

If Millie Crossan doesn’t know anything else, she knows this one truth simply because her brother Finley grew up beside her. Charismatic Finley, eighteen months her senior, becomes Millie’s guide when their mother Posey leaves their father and moves her children from Minnesota to Memphis shortly after Millie’s tenth birthday.

Memphis is a world foreign to Millie and Finley. This is the 1970s Memphis, the genteel world of their mother’s upbringing and vastly different from anything they’ve ever known. Here they are the outsiders. Here, they only have each other. And here, as the years fold over themselves, they mature in a manicured Southern culture where they learn firsthand that much of what glitters isn’t gold. Nuance, tradition, and Southern eccentrics flavor Millie and Finley’s world as they find their way to belonging.

But what hidden variables take their shared history to leave both brother and sister at such disparate ends?

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

It’s the 1970s. Millie and her brother Finley are eighteen months apart, and he’s her rock. When Millie is ten, Posey, their mother, leaves their alcoholic father and moves from Minnesota to Tennessee, where Posey is was raised.

Memphis might as well be a foreign country to Finley and Millie. They are different from everyone else and on the outside looking in. Luckily they have each other, but that’s about all they have.

When Posey returns to her hometown, she immediately finds her way, unlike her children. She’s wrapped up in society and often leaves the children alone while she’s at the country club. Millie and Finley come-of-age in Memphis. They each just want to belong, as any teen does. Their paths separate, and their outcomes are different from each other. Their relationship falls into disrepair as well.

Millie is in her 30s when she reflects on her life and specifically her relationship with her brother. I found this exploration incredibly authentic and insightful. The nuances of brother-sister relationships are present and driven home. Finley is Millie’s protector and hero. If you had a big brother (like I did), you totally get it. The two are extremely close growing up until they aren’t.

In Memphis high society, appearances are everything, and it’s hard to fit in. Claire Fullerton does an impeccable job capturing that “outsider” feeling, especially for teenagers. I’ve been there. She nailed it.

The writing is beautiful, and I highlighted so many smart, gorgeous quotes. I also have to mention the time period. The 1970s came to life with the clothing, music, and ideas of the time. Also important to note is all the backdrop of segregation and social change happening at a slower pace. The book may have been set in the 1970s, but the themes are universal for any time. The characters are well-drawn, and I was transported to this special time and place.

Poignant, powerful, and stunningly written, I was enamored with Mourning Dove and very much look forward to Fullerton’s next book!

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Also by Claire Fullerton

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And the next author who continues to receive excellent reviews is C.S. Boyack for his latest release Voyage of the Lanternfish.

About Voyage of the Lanternfish

An honorable man is mistaken for his disreputable father. Now he’s pushed into a political scheme to start a war that will spread across multiple kingdoms. James Cuttler’s fiancé is being held captive to ensure he goes through with the plan.

He soon decides his skills are at sea and procures a ship to wage war upon those who disrupted his simple life. He can’t do it alone, so he recruits a band of cutthroats to help him. But first, they need guns and munitions to outfit the ship properly. Deception and trickery will only get them so far. Eventually, they’re going to have to engage the enemy.

James’ goals aren’t necessarily the same as his crew. It’s a delicate balancing act to collect enough loot to keep his crew happy, while guiding them back to rescue the girl.

Voyage of the Lanternfish is filled with adventure, magic, and monsters. Lots of monsters. Hoist the colors and come along for the ride.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I’ve read several books by C.S. Boyack, and by now, I’ve come to expect wildly inventive world-building, charming characters, and a thrilling adventure. This book definitely didn’t alter those expectations.

Where can I find me some root monsters? I’d love to have a bushel of my own. These guys made me laugh out loud so many times, I lost count. They’re quite the little scoundrels, and a valuable addition to the crew. Speaking of the crew, they’re a diverse, boisterous crowd with varied backgrounds, and kind of a family of their own making. Everyone brings a special skill to the table. And they’re pirates! Who doesn’t love a good pirate tale?

If you’re looking for adventure on the high seas, quirky characters, a hint of magic, and a touch of romance, Voyage of the Lanternfish fits the bill quite nicely.

Head over and buy the book:

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A small selection of other books by C.S. Boyack

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The final review today is for poet Balroop Singh’s Timeless Echoes, Poetry for young adults and teens.

About Timeless Echoes

Certain desires and thoughts remain within our heart, we can’t express them, we wait for the right time, which never comes till they make inroads out of our most guarded fortresses to spill on to the pages of our choice. This collection is an echo of that love, which remained obscure, those yearnings that were suppressed, the regrets that we refuse to acknowledge. Many poems seem personal because they are written in first person but they have been inspired from the people around me – friends and acquaintances who shared their stories with me.

Some secrets have to remain buried because they are ours
We do share them but only with the stars
The tears that guarded them were as precious as flowers
Soothing like balm on festering scars.

While there are no boxes for grief and joy, some persons in our life are more closely associated with these emotions. Their separation shatters us, their memories echo, we grieve but life does not stagnate for anyone…it is more like a river that flows despite the boulders. When imagination and inspiration try to offer solace, poetry that you are about to read springs forth.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Timeless Echoes, by Balroop Singh will become a favorite of poetry enthusiasts. “Solace sailed away with you,” the author wrote, and with that line, I was hooked. This poetry collection is a beautifully written group of memories, dreams and desires that begs to be read over and over. I absolutely loved it.

Head over and buy the collection:

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Also by Balroop Singh

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Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books under your arm.. Sally.

50 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Claire Fullerton, C.S. Boyack and Balroop Singh

  1. Another great selection, Sally. I’ve only read one of the three authors here (Boyack) but I can attest to his talent. The Voyage of the Lanternfish is one of my favorites of his (if not my absolute favorite). I’m a huge fan of the root monsters.

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  2. Hi, Sally! I’m not familiar with Claire’s writing, so I’ll have to remedy that. I love Craig’s writing style and Balroop’s poems are beautiful. Great reviews! Congratulations, Craig, Balroop, and Claire! Thanks for sharing, Sally! ❤ xo

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  5. Thanks for sharing your reviews, Sally. I’ve read Voyage of the Lanternfish and thoroughly enjoyed it. This looks like a great collection of books 😊

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