Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #Romance Linda Bradley, #Anthology Sarah Brentyn, #Family Judith Barrow

Welcome to the Monday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first review is for Linda Bradley for – Maggie’s Way (Montana Bound Series book 1).

About the book

Middle-aged, Maggie Abernathy just wants to recuperate from cancer during the solitude of summer vacation after a tiresome year of teaching second grade. Maggie’s plans are foiled when precocious seven-year-old Chloe McIntyre moves in next door with her dad, John. Maggie’s life changes in a way she could never imagine when the pesky new neighbors steal her heart. With Maggie’s grown son away, her ex-husband in the shadows, her meddling mother’s unannounced visits, and Chloe McIntyre on her heels, somehow Maggie’s empty house becomes home again.

A recent review for the book

Jane Martin 5.0 out of 5 stars Maggie’s Way  Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! It is funny, witty, entertaining and an easy read. I loved all the characters, they were very realistic. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

Also by Linda Bradley


Linda Bradley, Buy: Amazon USAnd : Amazon UK – Follow Linda :Goodreads website: Linda Bradley Author – Twitter: @LBradleyAuthor

The next review is for the anthology The Shadows We Breathe, edited by Sarah Brentyn and featuring several contributing authors who are on the shelves of the Cafe including Sarah, Mary Smith and Diana Wallace Peach.

About the Anthology


Life promises joy and sorrow. Alongside the light, there will always be traces of darkness. It is the nature of being human.

In this anthology of short fiction, we explore relationships—how they sculpt us, hurt us, help us, and reveal our deepest desires.

Eight artists, whose words paint worlds, bring you stories of heartache, loss, hope, and forgiveness. They unveil the intimacy and complexity of relationships.

Whether family, friend, or lover, connections to others can hold us up or break us down.

Within these pages, beautiful words are spun into tales threaded with darkness.

Discover the shadows we breathe.

A recent review for the anthology

Colleen M. Chesebro 5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional read everyone can identify with!  Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2021

“The Shadows We Breathe,” is an anthology of short fiction edited by Sarah Brentyn, which includes contributions of flash fiction from eight talented writers. This compilation of stories revolves around the stories of our hopes, dreams, fears, and failures as they shape us through the darkness of our uncertainties, mistakes, and regrets.

The stories in this anthology stay within one theme, yet the authors provide a variety of narratives, voices, and styles. This first volume explores relationships, including encounters with lovers, family, friends, and even strangers. What those experiences mean and how they affect us are much of what this book deals with. Along with traditional bonds, the authors have included connections with memory, addiction, hope, and revenge.

Divided into three sections, Part 1 shares stories totaling 500 words, Part 2 deals with stories of 50 words, and Part 3 gives us 10-word stories.

Buy the anthology: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Contributing Authors

Sarah Brentyn Author Page – Twitter  – Georgia Bell –  Author Page | Twitter –  Maria Carvalho Author Page | Twitter –  Reena Dobson Author Page | Twitter – Ali Isaac –  Author Page | Twitter  – D.Wallace Peach: – Author Page | Twitter – Mary SmithAuthor Page | Twitter

The final author today is Judith Barrow with a review her latest book – The Memory.

About the book

Mother and daughter tied together by shame and secrecy, love and hate.

I wait by the bed. I move into her line of vision and it’s as though we’re watching one another, my mother and me; two women – trapped.

Today has been a long time coming. Irene sits at her mother’s side waiting for the right moment, for the point at which she will know she is doing the right thing by Rose.

Rose was Irene’s little sister, an unwanted embarrassment to their mother Lilian but a treasure to Irene. Rose died thirty years ago, when she was eight, and nobody has talked about the circumstances of her death since. But Irene knows what she saw. Over the course of 24 hours their moving and tragic story is revealed – a story of love and duty, betrayal and loss – as Irene rediscovers the past and finds hope for the future.

The new novel from the bestselling author of the Howarth family saga

One of the recent reviews for the book

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, stunning, deeply moving  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2021

Having read The Heartstone by the same author, I was looking forward to reading another of her novels. Wow, I was captured from the very start. With a perfectly pitched dual timeline, the story is told with such intensity of emotion that I felt every frustration and twist and turn as the heroine battles with her own feelings of bewilderment and exhaustion. As someone who nursed a parent with dementia, her understanding of the mental stress is superb, and yet Irene has far more to occupy her mind than that – notably the memory of something appalling she witnessed many years earlier and has dogged her ever since. The unexpected revelation at the end of the book is sheer genius, and although the story is very dark, the love of the ever faithful Sam and the uplifting ending make it a triumph. Absolutely compelling read. Mind-blowing.  

Also by Judith Barrow

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US – and:Amazon UK – Follow Judith:Goodreads – blog: Judith Barrow – Twitter: @judithbarrow77


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


45 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #Romance Linda Bradley, #Anthology Sarah Brentyn, #Family Judith Barrow

  1. Even before reading these reviews you know that the names of these authors alone is promise enough of a memorable work with the Irish History of Ali Isaac, the wonderful narrative of Mary Smith, to the superb World Building of Diana Wallace Peach and the depths of human emotion from Judith Barrow to name but a few.
    Hugs Unlimited

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  2. Congratulations to the authors on these lovely reviews. I have The Shadows we Breathe ready on my Kindle, and can testify to the beauty and power of Judith’s The Memory. Thanks, Sally xx

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