Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Weekly News – #Reviews #Wine Linda Sheehan, #Fantasy Barbara Spencer, #Fantasy Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Welcome to the weekly news and recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is Linda Sheehan for her novel Decanted.

About the book

From author Linda Sheehan, who’s part of a Napa wine dynasty, comes a story of grapes, wine, first crushes, and juicy redemption. Dreading the desk job that awaits her after high school, eighteen-year-old Vivian Goodyear takes off for pre-World War ll Paris, where she supports herself as an artist’s model.

Flash forward to modern day Manhattan where, inspired by Vivian’s courage, her grand-niece Samantha leaves her pressure cooker career to work the grape harvest in France. There, between picking grapes in the vineyard and crushing them in the cellar, she gets lessons in the art of making wine and in the art of making love. But when her world is turned upside down, a link from Aunt Vivian’s past could right it in a tale of being on top, sinking to the bottom, and coming up for glorious air.

One of the recent reviews 

And another book keeps me up late because I can’t stop reading—Decanted by Linda Sheehan. This was really entertaining.

Samantha loves wine. She loves learning about new varieties and she has an exceptional palate for nuances and flavors. She dreams of a career in the wine industry and hopes to get her accounting firm to consider branching out into that industry.

One day, inspired by the memory of her spirited great-aunt Vivian, she quits her high-pressure accounting job and goes to France, to help a renowned family harvest their grapes. It’s hard work in a gorgeous setting (the family’s handsome son doesn’t hurt) and she learns so much about the business—not to mention about love.

Julien takes her all over France to understand how different wines are made, and what differentiates exceptional wine from good wine. It’s an incredible, invaluable education. But when she leaves France suddenly she’s more determined than ever to make her own wine—and make it exceptional. She’ll need hard work, luck, confidence, and more inspiration from Aunt Vivian.

Meanwhile, snippets throughout the book show Vivian, a young woman who goes to pre-WWII Paris to escape the boring life her parents want for her. There she becomes an artist’s muse and finds herself in the midst of some extraordinary situations.

Decanted was a great story about following your dreams and believing in yourself against all odds. I learned so much about wine (the author is co-owner of a winery in Napa so she knows her stuff) and boy, this book made me hungry! It’s a hopeful, emotional, sexy, enjoyable book.  

Connect to Linda Sheehan: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK – Follow Linda:Goodreads – Website:Linda Sheehan Author – Facebook:Linda Sheehan – Instagram::Linda Sheehan Author

Next a recent review for the latest release by Barbara Spencer..Sunset on Golden Wings (Swans Book 2)

About the book

Three years have passed since the tragic events of that summer, when swans first visited the city and Maidy is on the way to New York, where Ruth, now a famous film star, is to be married. Promising Pappy to toss her memories overboard, this proves impossible when a chance encounter with a passenger brings back thoughts of Zande and the realisation that she still loves him.

On her return a casual job offer from Hans, to work in his art shop in Flambeau in France, brings Justine into Maidy’s life. But all too soon Ruth and Zande step out from the wings and reassume their dominance of events. Ruth re-awakens Hans’ boyhood passion for her, placing his relationship with Justine in jeopardy, and Zande?

Once again, both happiness and tragedy will find their way to Maidy’s door but is the ending already written?

One of early reviews for Sunset on Golden Wings

May 12, 2021 Catherine Kullmann rated it five stars

Barbara Spencer brings her Carinatae Series to a triumphant, bittersweet close, deftly weaving together the threads from the Children of Zeus trilogy with those of The Year the Swans Came to create a vibrant tapestry of love, loss and redemption.

The narrator again is Maidy, heroine of The Year the Swans Came. Three years later, she is still struggling to come to terms with the events of that tragic summer. Ruth, now a famous film star, is again the catalyst for a startling series of events that lead inevitably to the final, satisfying denouement.

I cannot praise this series too highly. It will be at the top of my Books of 2021 List. Brava, Ms Spencer!  

A small selection of other books by Barbara Spencer

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Barbara: Goodreads – Connect to Barbara Spencer: Blog: Barbara Spencer Author – Twitter: @BarbaraSpencerO – Facebook: Barbara Spencer Author – Facebook: Barbara Spencer

The final author today is Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene with a recent review for Dead of Winter, Journey 6 — The Fluting Fell

About the book

Emlyn’s story continues in Journey 6, The Fluting Fell. She gains tragic insight into Boabhan… horrifying things that she is too young to know. This event also shows an unexpected softer side to another character.
The travelers reach an abandoned estate, Wych Elm Manor, although it is not completely unoccupied. It yields answers as well as questions. Emlyn finds clues that lead them farther into their journey. She also meets the silvery-haired young man again.
The travelers have put some distance between themselves and the Brethren of Un’Naf, but do even worse dangers await them? Danger deepens when they take refuge in a mysterious structure.
Come, be a part of the Journeys of “Dead of Winter.”

One of the recent reviews for the book

D.L. Finn5.0 out of 5 stars I can’t wait to read Journey 7!  Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2021

I have loved the journey through “Dead of Winter.” Journey 6 offered some answers, but also added more questions. Emlyn is pulled into another’s dream and experienced a horrible time in the other dreamer’s life. That moment made it clear what evil the group was dealing with. After the reactions to the shared dream, they continue on their way. I love where they make camp for a while. I could easily imagine the old mansion through the vivid descriptions. Learning more about the household, and interacting with ghosts made this one another page-turner. They ended up in a strange place that didn’t appear to be safe, but it certainly set the stage for the upcoming Journey 7, which I can’t wait to read!  

A small selection of other books by Teagan

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – and : Amazon UK – Blog: Teagan’s BooksGoodreads:Goodreads Twitter: @teagangeneviene


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.


42 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Weekly News – #Reviews #Wine Linda Sheehan, #Fantasy Barbara Spencer, #Fantasy Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

  1. Three GREAT choices in this post. Loving a good glass of cabernet every evening, I think Decanted needs to be on my TBR list! And now I must add Barbara Spencer’s books to it also! I’ve just downloaded Journey 6 on my Kindle after re-reading Journey 5 because I wanted to re-read the lead-up to that great “hook” at the end. Teagan’s books enthrall me and keep me asking for more. With her Dead of Winter series, that’s exactly what I get!

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