Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – #Historical Eva Hnizdo, Andrew Joyce – #SciFi – Thorne Moore, John L. Deboer

Welcome to the Christmas book fair and today a combination of historical and science fiction novels.

The first author today who recently joined the cafe and bookstore is Eva Hnizdo with her debut novel, released in September. The historical Jewish fiction Why Didn’t They Leave?

About the book

You can’t ask for asylum in another country just because your mother drives you nuts, so when 19-year-old Zuzana flees from communist Czechoslovakia to England in 1972, she says she just wants freedom. Her relationship with her mother, Magda – a Holocaust survivor who lost most of her family in the concentration camps – is toxic and Zuzana finds happiness in London with a loving husband and beautiful son. But when her mother dies, Zuzana is crushed by guilt and feels an overwhelming urge to discover more about her family’s tragic history. So, she embarks on a life-changing journey, discovers some incredible stories and tries to answer the question which haunts her: Why didn’t they leave?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Peter Fink 5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn’t they leave? or Why did they stay? Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 October 2021

In the many books dealing with the dramatic canvas of twentieth-century European history, the Eva Hnizdo book: Why didn’t they leave? stands out.

By not following the format of other personal recollections of the horrors and inhumanity of the Holocaust, her perceptive writing focuses on a more universal question of how to capture the complexity of individual lives and how we become who we are by our decisions and actions. The book’s alternative title could have easily have been: Why did they stay?

What made this book stand out for me is how the writer seamlessly interweaves the enormity of the Holocaust and communism with the human desire of all the protagonists to be known and heard, in owning their unique story as a mother, daughter …. or being Jewish or Czech … The multi-layered narratives of Magda and her mother become an almost surgical step by step capturing of a shared burden of multigenerational trauma of encountering the values of another person formed in another time and of the ultimate redemption of allowing yourself to be

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UKAnd: Amazon US – Follow Eva: GoodreadsWebsite: Eva Hnizdo Writer – Facebook: Eva Hnizdo – Twitter: @EvaHnizdo

The book today set in Ireland and the mid 1850s in America is Mahoney by Andrew Joyce

About Mahoney

In this compelling, richly researched novel, author Andrew Joyce tells a story of determination and grit as the Mahoney clan fights to gain a foothold in America. From the first page to the last, fans of Edward Rutherford and W. Michael Gear will enjoy this riveting, historically accurate tale of adventure, endurance, and hope.

In the second year of An Gorta Mhór—the Great Famine—nineteen-year-old Devin Mahoney lies on the dirt floor of his small, dark cabin. He has not eaten in five days. His only hope of survival is to get to America, the land of milk and honey. After surviving disease and storms at sea that decimate crew and passengers alike, Devin’s ship limps into New York Harbor three days before Christmas, 1849. Thus starts an epic journey that will take him and his descendants through one hundred and fourteen years of American history, including the Civil War, the Wild West, and the Great Depression.

One of the reviews for the book on Goodreads

Jun 06, 2019 D. Peach rated it five stars

Mahoney is a family saga that follows the lives of three generations of fathers and sons. Part I chronicles the immigration of Devin Mahoney from Ireland to the US in the mid-1850s to escape the potato famine. Despite rampant discrimination, he contributes to the growing nation as a brick-layer and railroad man. Part II extends into the American West with Devin’s son, Dillon, who becomes a US Marshal and California oilman. Part III transitions to the story of David Mahoney as he rediscovers the country his forefathers helped build and finds himself in the process.

Joyce tells the story in an omniscient point of view, sprinkling third-person and first-person narratives with historical details about the time and place, the men’s vocations, living conditions, war, justice and injustice. These details are well researched and add a fascinating backdrop to the human story. Descriptions are vivid, and the pace is leisurely.

The characters are richly developed. Dialog is exceptional, and relationships feel authentic. I felt connected to each of the three men and their stories and was moved at the end as David Mahoney embraces the legacy left by his father and grandfather. An excellent read that will appeal to anyone who enjoys stories about multi-generational families, historical fiction, or the making of a nation. 

A selection of other books by Andrew Joyce

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Andrew Joyce, Buy: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – follow Andrew : Goodreads – blog: Andrew Joyce on WordPressTwitter: @Huckfinn76

The next author is Thorne Moore with a science fiction novel. Inside Out.

About the book

Triton station, Outer Circles headquarters of Ragnox Inc, on the moon of Neptune, is as far as the intrepid can go. It’s a place to make money, lots of money, and for seven lucky travellers, bound for Triton on the ISF Heloise, that’s exactly what they intend to do.

Maggy Jole wants to belong. Peter Selden wants to escape. Abigail Dieterman wants to be free. Merrit Burnand wants to start again. Christie Steen wants to forget. No one knows what David Rabiotti wants. And Smith, well, Smith wants everything.

Does it really matter what they want? The journey to Triton will take them eleven months – eleven months to contemplate the future, come to terms with the small print of their contracts, and wish they’d never signed. But changing their minds is not an option.

Sometimes it really is better to travel… than arrive.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Varda 5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun! Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2021

This was a very fun read! I enjoyed the character progression as the bunch of very different people journeyed into the unknown. That’s something I’ve always enjoyed in books by Thorne Moore – whether its psychological thriller, historical fiction, ~supernatural or sci-fi, their characters (good and bad) are always very well written, with a lot of depth. Very cool take on the future of space travel/settlement too (don’t want to say more in case I start on spoilers!). Good amounts of seriousness, scariness/thrill, humour and sci-fi. Looking forward to the next one!

Also by Thorne Moore

Read the reviews and buy the booksAmazon UK – Amazon US
UniversalGoodreadsWebsite/BlogThorne MooreFacebookThorne Moore Novelist – Twitter@ThorneMoore

The final authors today are John. L. DeBoer and Jean Jacques for The Amazon Encounter

About the book

A shaman in the Amazon rainforest has a problem: children in his village are dying of an unknown ailment. When a large disc-shaped object falls from the sky onto a river bank, he enters the object through a gash in its wall.

A prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon is staying in the house of his pediatrician cousin, who is away for the weekend. He goes to sleep that night in the guest room and awakens the next morning lying on the ground in a jungle.

Thus begins a story of aliens, teleportation, and telepathy involving unwitting physicians, the Pentagon, international scientists, espionage agents, a Las Vegas gangster, and a psychic. A colorful cast of characters takes the reader on an exciting, and often amusing, journey from the Amazon jungle to southern California, and eventually to the NBC television studios in Manhattan. Side trips along the way include Moscow, Beijing, North Korea, Sao Paolo, Brazil, and the infamous Area 51 in Nevada.

Enjoy the ride!

One of the recent reviews for the book

K.D. McNiven 5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, sharp, and loads of fun! Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2021

When Beverly Hills plastic surgeon David Levy gets transported from his cousin’s apartment, he finds himself standing in the Amazonian jungle and faces a shaman desperate to have him help the village children who are dying, only to discover it is his cousin Aaron who is the doctor they need. David soon finds out aliens crashed their spaceship along the river and they were the ones responsible for transporting him.

DeBoer has a considerable amount of knowledge pertaining to the things he writes, as clearly seen in his book, Amazon, where he displays an incredible knowledge of medicine and military expertise.

Amazon is creative, and a fun romp from L.A. to the State of Tocantins, Brazil and has a wide cast of unique characters which include friendly aliens whom they name Blacky.
DeBoer is an excellent writer and is among the best of storytellers. I highly recommend reading DeBoer’s new book, Amazon.

A selection of books other by John L. DeBoer

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow John: Goodreads – Twitter: @Johnldeboer


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



28 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – #Historical Eva Hnizdo, Andrew Joyce – #SciFi – Thorne Moore, John L. Deboer

  1. All of these books sound intriguing! Sally, I just can’t thank you enough for ALL you do for authors. You are truly a treasure as well as a talented author yourself. Thank you!

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  2. Fantastic books and authors today. I’ll soon be reading Thorne’s, Unravelling, and I am currently 1/3 into Eva’s book, it’s fascinating on so many levels. That review is superbly succinct and tough to top! Congrats to all talented authors. ❤

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  3. I have some of these on my new Kindle and have read Inside Out – it’s one of my favourite books of the year. Thanks for the reminders, Sally! xx


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