Welcome to the Friday Edition of the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.
The first author with a recent review is James J. Cudney for his family drama Watching Glass Shatter.
About the book
After 40 years of marriage, Olivia Glass thought she could handle the unexpected death of her husband. But when Ben’s will reveals a life-altering secret, she suffers a blow no widow should ever experience.
Olivia learns that she gave birth to a baby who later died in the nursery. Instead of telling his wife what happened, Ben switched the child with another. And as if that’s not enough, Ben’s will doesn’t reveal which of their five sons is truly not hers.
While an attorney searches for answers, Olivia visits each of her sons to share a final connection before facing the truth that will change their family, and discovers that each of them has been harboring a painful secret, just like their father.
Olivia challenges herself to re-assemble and save their relationships. But will the secrets destroy their family, or bring them closer together?
One of the recent reviews for the book
This book was an interesting read from Cudney. I’d classify it as a family saga genre as the story evolves around the widow Olivia and her five grown children.
Although the blurb comes right out with the fact that Ben switched the baby, making it sound rather cruel and deceitful, I didn’t find that was the case, as the baby switch was done with consent from the birth mother – still a big no no for Ben not letting his wife know until after he died, but nothing shady.
The plot focuses on what happens after Ben’s death with the will, the baby secret, and then we are taken into the lives of each of their children. Each son has a cross to bear in their lives. We learn this through Olivia’s decision after Ben’s death to visit each of her children to spend quality time with them before the reading of the will. Through each visit, we learn about each of her son’s redeeming and not so redeeming features – their lives, their misgivings, and some very surprising secrets.
Throughout reading the story we learn what propelled each character to become ensconced into each of their dilemmas. Olivia learns a lot about her children she never knew previously. And not until almost the very end do we learn about the story of the baby switch, which somehow didn’t feel like the highlight of the story anymore as we got caught up in the drama of each of the character’s lives.
The story was well written with interesting characters – some of them drew in my sympathy, some left me questioning why they acted as they did. But with a nice and satisfactory ending, I enjoyed this book. #Recommended.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0769LB2N3
Also by James J. Cudney
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M
Read more reviews and follow James on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17128817.James_J_Cudney
Connect to James via his website/blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com/
The next author with a recent review is Teagan Riordain Geneviene for her first book Atonement Tennessee...
About Atonement Tennessee
Esmeralda Lawton is sick of the big city. “Ralda” was betrayed until trust became a theoretical concept. So it’s a dream come true when she buys an old estate, complete with historic cemetery. Okay, she isn’t excited about the cemetery, but she’s strangely drawn to the estate. Atonement, Tennessee, a quaint town, seems like the perfect place for her. However, her new life isn’t quiet.
The house is full of antiques. Some have extraordinary properties — a brass bed causes strange dreams, and a mirror shows the truth of who you are.
A mysterious neighbor secretly watches over the graveyard. There’s more to him than meets the eye, but what? Then there’s Gwydion, owner of Fae’s Flowers. She stubbornly resists her feelings for him.
Ralda suspects that people are drawn to Atonement to, well — atone. She wonders what sins led her there. However, her ancestress made the mistakes.
Atonement is home to more than humans. Supernaturals go there too. Some have fallen far.
This urban fantasy, seasoned with Celtic mythology, comes with a side-order of mystery. Are you sad to see the “Sookie Stackhouse” stories end? Make a visit to Atonement, Tennessee!
A recent review for the book
Atonement Tennessee is an imaginative romp told through the eyes of the main protagonist, Esmeralda (Ralda), and her cat, Lilith. The author jumps back and forth between them as she takes the reader along on this magical fantasy.
The richly developed characters are fascinating and carry the story along in a creative way enabling the reader to become invested in their outcome. There is a large old house Esmeralda purchases that harbors a ghost from the past, a florist who has a magical way with flowers, a neighbor who is not just a man but also a bird with powers, and other characters who add color to this enjoyable story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the manner in which the author created the easy flowing prose as the story is told through Ralda and Lilith.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HGSVA8A
Also by Teagan Geneviene
Read the reviews, buy the books : https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
Read more reviews and follow Teagan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13707141.Teagan_Geneviene
Connect to Teagan Geneviene via her blog: https://teagansbooks.com/
The next review is for Jane Risdon.. Undercover: Crime Shorts her short story collection.
About the book
Under one cover for the first time a collection of Crime Shorts from Jane Risdon featuring previously unpublished stories which will have you on the edge of your seat. There is an extract from Jane’s forthcoming novel (series) Ms Birdsong Investigates Murder at Ampney Parva: Operation Matryoshka – with the title of Undercover – for those who’ve been awaiting this series about a former MI5 Intelligence Office, Lavinia Birdsong. There’s something for everyone who enjoys a good yarn and more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction.
One of the recent reviews for the collection via Karen’s Book Buzz
When I found out this author had written some crime shorts, I knew they would be good as I’d previously read some of her short stories. Jane Risdon has a magic pen. She knows how to write a tale that will intrigue and lure you in.
Seven ‘long’ short that were cleverly inspired by crime and murder.
Sweet Sable: The Red Siren is the first story and set in the thirties, it immediately created an atmaosphere of a times gone by. This crime noir tale was good start to the book.
Apartment 206c, couldn’t have been more different as it brings us bang up to date. We’ve all overheard people talking through walls, and China, the main character, hears her neighbours arguing. A fast past, heart thumping story with a twist.
Murder by Christmas – this was very clever. It’s started with the reading of a will, and certain people have to do certain things before they get their money. Very clever story.
The Watchers was a sad crime I felt. Two people who didn’t quite connect up again as we find out all it not what it seems.
The Honey Trap, and we have all heard of them and this one plays out as we meet the assassin.
The Look is similar to the previous one, and another cleverly written story. Although they were both good, I liked this one better because I love a strong female character.
The seventh story is called Undercover and is an extract from the author’s forthcoming book. I didn’t read this one, so you will have to make up your own mind about it.
I enjoy Jane Risdon’s writing and read her book Only One Women, which I absolutely loved. It takes the reader back to the rock n roll sixties. You can read my review here.
Jane also wrote a short story which I featured on the Magic of Stories site called Summer of Love, and is well worth a read.
Read the reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07RFRVL4P
And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RFRVL4P
Also by Jane Risdon
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Risdon/e/B00I3GJ2Y
And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Risdon/e/B00I3GJ2Y8/
Read more reviews and follow Jane on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5831801.Jane_Risdon
Connect to Jane via her blog: https://janerisdon.wordpress.com/
The next review is for Walking by Inner Vision, a collection of Stories and Poems by Lynda McKinney Lambert.
About Walking by Inner Vision
In this second collection, Pennsylvania artist, teacher, and author Lynda McKinney Lambert invites readers into her world of profound sight loss to discover the subtle nuances and beauty of a physical and spiritual world.
She takes strands from ancient mythology, history, and contemporary life and weaves a richly textured new fabric using images that are seen and unseen as she takes us on a year-long journey through the seasons.
All stories in this book were created after her sudden sight loss in 2007 from Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Lambert invites us to see the world with new eyes.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Also by Lynda McKinney Lambert
Discover more about Lynda’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Lynda-McKinney-Lambert/e/B003960PUC
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lynda-McKinney-Lambert/e/B003960PUC
Connect to Lynda via her website: http://www.lyndalambert.com/
Thank you for dropping in today and as always I hope you will be leaving with some books under your arms… thanks Sally.