Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair #Reviews #WarRomance Marina Osipova, #Poetry Frank Prem, #Children’s Pamela S. Wight

Since the middle of November I have featured all the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore with a recent review and since we have a few days left, I will now share more up to date reviews that have been posted.

The first author with a recent review is Marina Osipova for How Dare the Birds Sing.

About the book

Are Lyuba and Günter star-crossed lovers? When they first meet in 1933 Soviet Russia, their young love is filled with hope and naiveté until Günter disappears. Her fleeting relationship with him has devastating consequences, forcing her to take a humiliating way out to save herself and her family. This choice unleashes a sequence of fatal events that shatter her life, affecting everyone involved.

In June 1941, World War II comes to Russian soil, hurling Lyuba, along with millions of others, into the inhuman grinder, testing the limits of her strength and resilience of her heart. Will it be strong enough years later to allow her to reveal the ugly secret she has buried from the only person the war has left for her to love?

One of the recent reviews for the book

A beautiful story with so many twists and turns! I was amazed at all the angles this story took. I loved the main character and was heartbroken that she went through so much pain, sorrow and hardship. The author is so good at bringing each character alive and into perfect focus of their personality. An excellent book!! It brings in so many aspects of the war. I loved it!! Sweet love, despising hatred, resigned living in sorrow, pain of loss, hardships, abuse, the Partisans, the camps, Red Army, Nazis, starvation and freezing cold and heartbreak upon heartbreak, as well as forgiveness and freedom, kindness and sacrificial love. So much in this one book! Beautifully done!!

Also by Marina Osipova

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And on: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Marina on Goodreads: Goodreads

Connect to Marina via her website: Marina Osipova

And now a recent review for The New Asylum: a memoir of psychiatry by Frank Prem.

About the collection

The New Asylum is the third volume in a series of free-verse poetry anthologies and personal memoirs from Australian author Frank Prem (Small Town Kid, Devil In The Wind).

This collection is an exposé of life in the public psychiatric system, spanning five decades and describing sometimes graphically, sometimes ironically, often poignantly, and always honestly, a search for meaning in extraordinary and often incomprehensible circumstances.

The journey begins with childhood experiences of watching immigrant parents earn their living in the Mayday Hills Mental Asylum… progresses through the oddities and antics of psychiatric nurse training in the 1970s… on to the high-pressure coalface of managing regional centres facing an inundation of modern urban challenges… and finally, settles into the generally calmer waters of a small town residential facility.

Join Frank Prem on his New Asylum journey, and discover what it means to become that particular ‘mental health creature’ that is a psychiatric nurse.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Deeply and poignantly written, this mental health memoir in free-verse poetry, of the author’s life as a psychiatric nurse takes the reader from Frank’s days when he watched his parents head to work in the Mayday Hills Mental Asylum, through the tragic, heartrending years of life and death, and everything in between.

Humorous at times – “ask the pharmacist” he instructed “for a pair of fallopian tubes” – the author’s ability to have the reader “see” the circumstances; capture the essence in only a few words, is exceptional. Highly recommended.

Also by Frank Prem

Read the reviews and buy the books:  Amazon US

And Amazon UK: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Frank on Goodreads: Goodreads

Connect to Frank via his blog: Frank Prem WordPress

And finally a recent review for an author who writes for children and adults Pamela S.Wight and her book Molly Finds her Purr Illustrated by Shelley A. Steinle.

About the Book

Molly the Cat is lonely. No matter how hard she tries to make friends with birds, they all fly away from her. Even other cats don’t seem to like her. Friendless, Molly has no purr. But a wisecracking squirrel opens Molly’s eyes to a world in which friendship comes in all sizes, shapes, and species.

This delightful tale with dazzling illustrations sparkles with sweet insight that makes all readers purr with pleasure at the end.

One of the recent reviews for the book

What a wonderful story of finding one’s place in the world by connecting with others! Molly Finds Her Purr is a sweet story that is so relatable to children: finding a friend. Yet it has the underlying message that through connection with others our differences can shine. A great conversation starter for older children and a nice message for toddlers. As a third grade teacher I recommend this as a way to tackle the difficult conversations of how to be yourself while wanting to belong. Molly Finds Her Purr reassures us all that we can.

Also by Pamela S. Wight

Read the reviews and buy all the books: Amazon US

And on Amazon UK: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Pamela : Goodreads

Connect to Pamela via her website: Rough Wighting

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


13 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair #Reviews #WarRomance Marina Osipova, #Poetry Frank Prem, #Children’s Pamela S. Wight

  1. Woo Hoo! I love that Molly is here on the same post with an amazing war romance/hardship story and a hard-hitting poetry/short storied book about psychiatric hospitals. Molly crawls in with a meow and a purr to comfort us all.
    Thank you, Sally! 🙏🐈

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  2. Thank you so much for including The New Asylum and myself among such wonderful books and talented writers Sally. Truly, it is Christmas. I hope yours has been wonderful and wish the best for your new year.

    Season’s Greetings to all readers and visitors here, also.

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