Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #Vaudeville Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Scifi #Crime Natalie Cammaratta, #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro

The first book today with a recent review is Telling Sonny by Elizabeth Gauffreau, a wonderful novel about Vaudeville in the 1920s and the story of life and love on the road. One I can highly recommend.

About Telling Sonny

At nineteen, pretty, vivacious Faby Gagne is still waiting for her life to begin. The time is 1924, the place Enosburg Falls, Vermont. With school over, her time is now occupied with mundane chores and avoiding the crossfire of resentment between her mother and her grandmother.

As the time approaches for the annual vaudeville show to arrive in the village, Faby watches the posters go up with increasing excitement. She is the best kind of audience for the Small Time: she does not discriminate.

When the show comes to the Opera House at last, Faby catches the eye of charming hoofer Slim White, who sets a course for her life that she never could have imagined.

A recent review for the book

Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2021

If you’ve ever pinned a photo from Tiger Beat to your wall as a young girl, you can relate to Faby Gagne. Though the time is the 1920s, Faby’s star-struck infatuation with small time vaudevillean hoofer, Slim White, is perfectly relateable – except that Faby is a high-school graduate, not a pre-teen. Her naivete is exposed when Slim turns his attentions on her, solely to suit his own purposes.

In Telling Sonny, Gauffreau creates complex and believable characters and evokes a distinct sense of time and place. I adore small-town America and enjoyed following the path of the entertainment circuit of the day. Faby’s experience as an unexpectedly pregnant, married woman – ill-prepared for either role – makes the reader wince in sympathy. We want to prevent her from making these mistakes with her life, but are powerless to do so. And we understand that this sort of situation has been all too common in our nation’s history.

This book is an absorbing read and includes interesting twists up to the end. We find that Faby has found success as a mother, but we are left wondering if she could have found a way to invite more love into her life. Even her equally naïve sister seems to have managed to achieve that much. Though the story is melancholy in many ways, it leaves one feeling hopeful in the end.  

Also by Elizabeth Gauffreau

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – and : Amazon UK – follow Elizabeth: Goodreads – Website/blog: Liz Gauffreau – Family History: Liz Gauffreau – Facebook: Liz Gauffreau – Twitter: @lgauffreau

The next book with a review is the debut novel by  Natalie Cammaratta – Falling and Uprising.

About the book

My star is rising, and I shine. Always.

Serenity Ward is the golden girl of Kaycie. She never questioned her city’s status as the last dry land on earth. The Establishment takes care of its citizens…or so she thought. But now she’s seen the map!

Why would they lie about other islands just beyond the horizon? In a city built on falsehood, figuring out who to trust is its own challenge, but Serenity pulls together a feisty group who all want the same thing—an end to the government which has hidden a world from them.

Bram’s anger drives his own desire for revolution. Being from another island, he was selected to be a brainwashed marshal in service to Kaycie, but he knows what’s going on all too well. Hidden in plain sight, he is ready to draw blood to free the islands. Only dealing with Serenity is the one thing he wasn’t prepared for.

Can two people who were never supposed to meet stop fighting each other long enough to remember who the enemy is?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Ricky and Taryn 5.0 out of 5 stars Top 10 list  Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2021

I have been a fan of dystopian novels my whole life, from Hunger Games and Divergent to Brave New World. Falling & Uprising hits that sweet spot for me. There’s just enough unknown, enough romance and friendship it has landed itself among my top 10 favorite books/series. A lot of events went in directions that were unexpected and the end was just enough of a cliffhanger to leave you wanting more. Really hating that I have to wait for the next book in the series  

Read the reviews and buy the book:Amazon USAmazon UKFollow Natalie: Goodreads – BookBub: Natalie Cammaratta – Facebook: Natalie Cammaratta – Instagram: Natalie Cammaratta Writes – Twitter: @bynataliecamm

The first author today is Colleen M. Chesebro with a recent review for Word Craft Prose & Poetry. This is another book that I can highly recommend.

About the guide and collection

Are you ready to learn how to craft Japanese and American poetry? Consider this book the first step on your journey to learning the basics of how to craft syllabic poetry. Inside, you will discover many new forms, syllable combinations, and interpretations of the different Japanese and American forms and structures of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, renga/solo renga, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, the cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry.

So… what are you waiting for? Let’s craft syllabic poetry together!

A recent review for the guide and poetry collection on Goodreads

Sep 11, 2021 D.G. Kaye rated it five stars it was amazing
If you’re a lover of poetry and are interested in learning how to write syllabic poetry, or even just as a reader to discover all that’s involved in writing in the various styles of syllabic poetry, this is the book for you. Yes, there are plenty of books written on the subject for sure, but this author has a gift of born ‘teaching’. Her tutorials on how to, as well as great direction in explanations and wonderful use of examples allow us to clearly see what the author is explaining.Syllabic poetry encompasses various styles and syllabic counts with succinct descriptions, from both the English and Japanese style of writing Haiku. The author explains the differences in syllabic counts to various versions of Haiku, as well as teaching us the difference between poetic prose which requires no syllabic count, such as Gogyolka or Tanka Prose. We’ll also learn about many of the various forms of Haiku and Tanka with Haibun, which styles are written from a personal point of view, and writing about nature.

Chesebro takes us through all the various forms of writing syllabic poetry and shares with us the importance of writing poetry, “When we create poetry, we become better writers.” She goes on to explain that we learn from poetry, the brevity of words, urging us to use stronger word choices with minimal words that evoke vivid images. A wonderful guide book to introduce us to the meaning of syllabic poetry and the differences between Japanese and American Haiku. This author runs a weekly poetry challenge that I urge anyone interested in learning to write poetry from the basics and forward to visit her blog.

Also by Colleen M. Chesebro

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US And:Amazon UKGoodreads: Colleen at Goodreads – Website Wordcraft poetryAuthor blog: Colleen Chesebro Twitter: @ColleenChesebro


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


29 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #Vaudeville Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Scifi #Crime Natalie Cammaratta, #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro

  1. Wonderful reviews, Sally! I’m already a big fan of both Liz’s books – having her over on my blog later today. I love a bit of dystopian fiction, so I’ll be checking out Natalie’s book, and Colleen’s is already on my TBR list… I need to learn more about poetry done properly!

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