Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Romance Ritu Bhathal, #GuideDog Ann Chiappetta, #Mystery J.A. Newman

Welcome to the Christmas Book Fair where I will be featuring all the authors currently on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first author today with a lovely debut novel that would make a great gift for lovers of family dramas and romance is Ritu Bhathal for  Marriage Unarranged.

About the book

It all started ended with that box…

Aashi’s life was all set. Or so she thought.

Like in the Bollywood films, Ravi would woo her, charm her family and they’d get married and live happily ever after.

But then Aashi found the empty condom box…

Putting her ex-fiancé and her innocence behind her, Aashi embarks upon an enlightening journey, to another country, where vibrant memories are created, and unforgettable friendships forged.

Old images erased, new beginnings to explore.

And how can she forget the handsome stranger she meets? A stranger who’s hiding something…

One of the recent reviews for the book

I really enjoyed this book. Reading it was like going on holiday to India. Everywhere was so beautifully described it felt like I was really there. A perfect bit of escapism. I learnt so much about India, it’s culture and historical events. This book is so much more than a cheesy chic-lit, which to be honest I love reading anyway.

I’ve fallen in love with all the Characters and want to be their friends. The main character Aashi is so different from your usual female protagonist, it’s really refreshing. She is intelligent, strong but quite reserved in nature. She works through her feelings of a broken heart in India, she doesn’t get wasted and fall out of cabs and into beds. It’s empowering to see a woman in a book get over a man without needing another man. Women are so often portrayed as needed a man to feel whole and happy. Aashi is strong and knows her own mind without being brash, sleeping around or being a laughing stock.

The book switches from different characters points of view and I honestly can’t wait to hear more from all of them. I really love Aashi’s best friend Koran and Aashi’s brothers. I wish this book was twice as long.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

Also by Ritu Bhathal

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – andAmazon US- Blog: Ritu Bhathal WordPress Follow Ritu: Goodreads – Twitter: @RituBhathal

The next author is Ann Chiappetta whose book Follow Your Dog shares what life is like with a Guide Dog.

About the book

What, exactly, does it mean to share one’s life with a guide dog?

While there is practical merit to the human-canine bond, which developed over a period of 70,000 years, it’s not akin to any other human-animal relationship. It is unique.

The person and guide dog are interdependent, and the bond of mutual trust is what makes the partnership successful and fulfilling for both. Ask yourself how many people you would trust with your life, and after answering, ask yourself if you would trust an animal with your life. Unless you are bonded to and live with a working dog, you might hesitate in answering the second question.

To be sure, guide dogs have performed many heroic tasks and have saved handlers from innumerable dangers. However, there are smaller and subtler things that can mean so very much: the feel of your dog’s head on a foot while riding the bus, the whimpers and doggie dreaming, the way you and the dog move in sync when walking down the street, and countless other tokens of trust and affection.

With this book, I hope to take the reader on a journey of understanding: learning what it’s like to overcome the darker side of disability by walking the path of independence with a canine partner.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Meredith 5.0 out of 5 stars What life is like living with a guide dog.  Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2020

I purchased Ann’s book after losing my guide dog to cancer. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has loved a dog, experienced grief in losing one. Guide Dog or Family Pet. I can honestly say that you will find something here that will sound like a personal experience you have witnessed. The first day I picked this book up to read, I couldn’t put it down. This would truly be one of the best books you could gift yourself with. It spoke gently to my heart.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Ann Chiappetta

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK –  Blog: Thought Wheel – Twitter: @anniedungarees

The final author today is J. A. Newman with her mystery novel released earlier this year. Bay of Secrets

About the book

Shifting between the 1960s and the present, Bay of Secrets is a spellbinding saga of mystery and enduring love.When Jayne returns to Seawinds, her family home in Cornwall, she is determined to solve the mystery surrounding her father’s death.But why is the house revealing its secrets after fifty years and why are Jayne and her siblings drawn to the bay?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Angela Renton 5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner.  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 June 2020

Another mouth watering storyline set in the stunning surroundings of the idyllic Cornish coastline. A family saga where Jayne and her siblings, all seeking answers, are re-united to learn the mystery surrounding their father’s untimely death. Vividly written with an unexpected conclusion. Always engrossing and the perfect holiday read. A definite 5* of love, courage and following your dreams.

Head over to buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

Other books by J.A. Newman

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Blog: Julie Ann Newman WordPressTwitter: @julie3wwn


Thank you for dropping in today and I hope this has given you some ideas for gifts for Christmas.. thanks Sally.



29 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Romance Ritu Bhathal, #GuideDog Ann Chiappetta, #Mystery J.A. Newman

  1. I loved Marriage Unarranged and though I have never been to India it’s how I imagine from tales told by those from there or who have been on holiday. I enjoyed the fun of the young ones wanting to see the real India without parents organising them and the sheer colour and life – which we could all do with touch of as we lock down in our winter!

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  2. Reblogged this on Plaisted Publishing House and commented:

    Thanks to today’s posting, I’ve just picked up one of the books featured here. Bay of Secrets looks like just my kind of read.
    Want people to react that way to something you’ve published? Head on over to learn all about it while shopping for some FAB books!


  3. Thank you for the great recommendations, Sally! I warmely recommend Ritu’s “Marriage Unarranged”! Deep thoughts with important information, but at least sooo funny, really with the well known “Ritu eyewink”. :-)) Michael


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