Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore weekly news with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.
The first book with a recent review is a collection of poetry by Annette Rochelle Aben – A Haiku Perspective 2016..
About the collection
Welcome! Prepare to be entertained, enchanted and encouraged to tell YOUR stories using an ancient Japanese technique of writing poetry. To tell a story with seventeen syllables, we create haiku. Each poem in A Haiku Perspective 2016, tells a story in its own unique way. A Haiku Perspective 2016 is a modern day, American poet’s way of celebrating life through her love of writing, haiku!
One of the recent reviews for the collection
Robbie Cheadle A sprinkling of happy dust Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2021
I am a fan of Ms Aben’s lovely haikus and other poetry. She is one of the most uplifting people I know and her writing makes me feel happy and able to face the world which isn’t always a happy place. I think this is a real gift. I often have a peep into one of the poet’s books when I feel in need of some happy dust. A few examples of her work from this book are as follows:
Nice moments are grand
Giving us distraction
And Great Memories”
Sometimes life hugs you
Just when you least expect it
A whisper of hope”
From Born to Bless
“You’ll be the rainbow
The moment your remember
You always were”
A selection of other books by Annette Rochelle Aben
The next author is Lucinda E. Clarke for Walking on Eggshells:Surviving Mental Abuse
About the book
Walking Over Eggshells is an autobiography that tells the story of a mentally abused child, who married a “Walter Mitty” clone. They moved from England to Kenya, from Libya to Botswana and on again to South Africa. It took all her courage to survive in situations that were at times dangerous, sometimes humorous, but always nerve wracking. She had a variety of jobs, different types of homes, and was both a millionairess and totally broke. She met royalty, hosted ambassadors, and won numerous awards for her writing and television programs. She also climbed over garbage dumps, fended off bailiffs, and coped being abandoned in the African bush with a seven-week-old baby with no money or resources. She admits to being the biggest coward in the world, but her survival instincts kicked in and she lived to tell her story. This book will make you laugh and cry and hopefully inspire others who did not have the best start in life either. All names have been changed to protect both the guilty and the innocent – and that includes the author as well!
A recent review for the book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 March 2021
Walking Over Eggshells is one of those books that keeps on surprising from start to finish. Several times I found myself thinking, ‘Well nothing could possibly top that!’ and each time, something did. This is a remarkable true story ; a sweeping tale of cycles of extreme poverty and unimaginable wealth in locations spanning different countries and cultures. From Benghazi to Botswana the pace never lets up and the book is peppered with shocks and tragedies. The author lightens the narrative with remarkable humour and I was left with admiration for someone who could experience the hardships and ordeals that she did and yet come through it all with an objective viewpoint and a smile on her face.
Walking Over Eggshells will make you want to weep, rage and cheer. It’s one of those gems that deserves to be read. Give it a go and be prepared for a bumpy, emotional, ultimately satisfying ride.
A selection of books by Lucinda E. Clarke
The next review is for Shadows by Anita Dawes.
About the book
A collection of Anita Dawes best poems – about love and longing – hopes and dreams – there will be something for everyone…
One of the recent reviews for Shadows
‘Shadows’ by Anita Dawes reflects on the shadows of life, some of which stay behind us while others inspire to drive away sadness and despair. The themes are universal and symbolize love, darkness, light, time, goodness and dreams. Most of the poems are short and focused. I like the clarity of style and thoughts.
‘Color me Red’ brilliantly describes the moods and yearnings of the poet; ‘Broken’ touches upon those moments of disillusionment and desperation when we need an affectionate touch to reassure ourselves and ‘Nine Gates’ is a little ambiguous but I guess the gates refer to our journey of life, with a message of caution at each step.
Wrong Mouse would make you smile. This collection is a nice assortment of challenges that life throws at us and how we handle them.
A selection of other books by Anita Dawes
The last book today with a recent review, is a murder mystery – Secrets of the Galapagos by Sharon Marchisello
About the book
Shattered by a broken engagement and a business venture derailed by Jerome Haddad, her unscrupulous partner, Giovanna Rogers goes on a luxury Galapagos cruise with her grandmother to decompress.
At least that’s what her grandmother thinks. Giovanna is determined to make Jerome pay for what he’s done, and she has a tip he’s headed for the Galapagos.
While snorkeling in Gardner Bay off the coast of Española Island, Giovanna and another cruise passenger, tortoise researcher Laurel Pardo, both become separated from the group and Laurel is left behind. No one on the ship will acknowledge Laurel is missing, and Giovanna suspects a cover-up.
When the police come on board to investigate a death, Giovanna is sure the victim is Laurel. She’s anxious to give her testimony to the attractive local detective assigned to the case. Instead, she learns someone else is dead, and she’s a person of interest.
Resolved to keep searching for Laurel and make sense of her disappearance, Giovanna finds that several people on board the cruise ship have reasons to want Laurel gone. One is a scam involving Tio Armando, the famous Galapagos giant tortoise and a major tourist attraction in the archipelago. And Jerome Haddad has a hand in it. Thinking she’s the cat in this game, Giovanna gets too involved and becomes the mouse, putting her life in jeopardy. But if she doesn’t stop him, Jerome will go on to ruin others.
A recent review for the book
I read this book during lockdown, over the winter and it was honestly such a beautiful adventure. It served as a bit of an escape which I thoroughly appreciated. The book is full of action, intrigue and romance. Romance has never really been a selling point for me when it comes to novels, movies or really any storytelling medium, but Sharon does it well. I highly recommend this book, if you are going on vacation to anywhere but the Galapagos. I also highly recommend this book if its a dark and dreary winter, and you need to envision yourself somewhere else. The book is set somewhere wonderful and the mystery keeps you engaged for the long-haul.
Also by Sharon Marchisello
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.