Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Fragments of a Dream: Is it too late for a second chance at love? by Ruth Larrea

Delighted to welcome Ruth Larrea to the Cafe and bookstore with her book Fragments of a Dream: Is it too late for a second chance at love?

About the book

Is it too late for a second chance at love? Rosie doesn’t think so. When her marriage ends close to retirement, she plans to find Angelos, the charismatic young Athenian she fell for as a naive 19-year old. But will he remember her? Will he even want to see her after what happened between them?

There’s only one way to find out — go back to the Greek island of Hydra, in the hope that he still visits.

When at last he shows up, his reaction is not what she expected. He’s changed a lot, but so has she. As Rosie begins to understand him and his culture, she has to reassess her version of the past, confront her mistakes, and question her own values and choices.

A bittersweet story about relationships and cultural confusions that will make you laugh, cry and reflect on life’s complexities. Start reading today!

One of the reviews for the book

Miriam 5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this novel  25 February 2019

This is a beautifully written novel which brims with captivating images of the island of Hydra’s natural scenery. These images provoke Rosie to remember her youth, mingling past with present, and to dream of her future. The author portrays Rosie’s inner emotional landscape so wonderfully that I felt I personally knew this unassumng adventurer. I grew to care about her dreams too and felt I accompanied her as she unfolded into a kind, enlightened and thoughtful woman. A joy to read, this is seemingly a simple love story and yet, it is not only a story of romantic love, but also one of love of family, friends and culture. It is a novel full of honesty, realism and gentle humour and of characters with true depth. I think I shall read it again and again and know that I will recommend it to all my friends.

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About Ruth Larrea

As a child, I lived in my imagination. It was a safe place, beautiful, full of possibilities. I didn’t write stories. I dreamed them.

At school we wrote. The stories came alive in my head and spilled onto the page. A Special Place. Flights of stone steps cut into the cliff, waves crashing on the beach, pebbles under my feet, the air fresh with salt and seaweed.

I loved adventure, excitement. I read The Famous Five, The Lone Pine Club. At school we read the classics. Each term a new one. My world was expanding. I loved the pattern of words, the structure of sentences, nuances of meaning. I applied for a degree in English Language and Literature, entered a world where almost everyone dreamed of being a writer. I dabbled secretly, too shy to show my work.

I taught teenagers, hated it, went back to write an MA thesis in the ivory tower of university. They wanted me to do a PhD, but I wanted to see the ‘real’ world. I saw it, sank ever deeper into problems. Before I knew it I had a son to bring up, a husband with mental health issues. Survival became a daily challenge.

A lucky break came my way. I was asked to write and illustrate leaflets and brochures for local environmental organisations. Then I taught English to wonderful adults from all over the world, and loved it. At home I wrote novels, inspired by my crazy experiences. I retired, took an MA in Creative Writing, found that agents want writers with a career ahead of them, who fit neatly into boxes: literary, or commercial, not a blend of both.

So I did what I’ve always done, for better or worse: my own thing.

Connect to Ruth

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Thank you for dropping in today and please give Ruth a warm welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore by sharing the news of her book.. thanks Sally


34 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Fragments of a Dream: Is it too late for a second chance at love? by Ruth Larrea

  1. I found Ruth Larrea’s book “Fragments of a Dream” so atmospheric and pleasing to read, I polished it off quickly, but its essence lasted long after I turned the last page.It is beautifully written and anyone who has loved and lost and wondered…will be there with her.

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