Welcome to the first of the Cafe and Bookstore Updates with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.
The first author with a recent review for his latest release is Geoff Le Pard for. Apprenticed to My Mother: A Memoir Of Barbara Le Pard 2005 to 2010. A memoir about an extraordinary woman.
About Apprenticed to My Mother: A Memoir Of Barbara Le Pard 2005 to 2010
When my father died in 2005, I assumed my mother would need more support and someone to help with decisions she previously shared with her husband. What I didn’t realise was the role she had in mind for me: a sort of Desmond 2.0. Over the five years until her death, I played the role of apprentice, learning more about her and her relationship with my father than I had gleaned in my previous 50 years. We laughed, we cried and, occasionally we disagreed, and throughout she manipulated me as, I learnt, she had my father. Neither of us minded much; we were both her so willing fools, for she was an extraordinary woman and we both knew we were in the presence of someone very special.
One of the recent reviews on Goodreads
A wonderful heartwarming book that will leave you laughing and crying, sometimes on the same page. Mr. Le Pard has a great way with words and gives us a delightful glimpse into the lives of his parents. Sprinkled in between amusing episodes of his life as the youngest of two sons, are poems brilliantly composed by his father, most written for his wife, the love of his life. The stories paint a picture of past times in a lovely part of England, where issues are resolved with a cup of tea and a piece of homemade cake. Barbara Le Pard is a delightful character, strong-willed, tough and with a huge heart. This book is well written, entertaining and most important, it is written with love.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Apprenticed-My-Mother-Memoir-Barbara-ebook/dp/B07DGZZYBW/
Other Books by Geoff Le Pard
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Geoff-Le-Pard/e/B00OSI7XA0
And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Geoff-Le-Pard/e/B00OSI7XA0
Read more reviews and follow Geoff on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9791177.Geoff_Le_Pard
Connect to Geoff via his blog: http://geofflepard.com/
Darlene Foster is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore
Please visit Amazon or Darlene’s blog to view all her books.
The next author with good news to share is Jan Sikes with a review for her book Flowers and Stone.
About the book
The epic love story begins here!
A hot Texas summer, dim-lit honky-tonk bars, a young naïve fledgling go-go dancer and a wild rebel Texas musician set the stage for this story. 1970 in Abilene, Texas finds young Darlina Flowers trying to figure out how to fit into the world she is most attracted to – the nightlife, live music and go-go dancing. Luke Stone, a veteran Texas Musician believes he’s lost all reason to care about his music career, his health and most especially his heart. A chance meeting with Darlina changes everything. But, is it too late? Has fate already determined the outcome? Join Luke and Darlina on a passion-filled journey up and down Texas roads while Luke and his band entertain crowds along the way.
Can Darlina Flowers ever hope to fit in to this strange new world and even more important, can she trust Luke Stone with her heart? Luke Stone, a good man who has made a career of bad decisions, falls as completely in love with Darlina as she does with him. But is it too late? Will their eternal unyielding love survive the test of time, distance and iron bars?
One of the recent reviews from Goodreads
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a simple love story about Darlina and Luke and their whirlwind romance. I loved the biographical aspect and the honest, innocent way we were allowed to peek into the lives of these two people. It’s set in the world of country music in the early seventies and I really liked that, too. I found I wanted to tell people about this book as I was reading it and took my kindle everywhere with me so I could finish it. It’s a perfect book for commuters. (I read a lot on the train and not every book is good for the train.) Highly recommended series. I can’t wait to start the second book in the series.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Flowers-Stone-Jan-Sikes-ebook/dp/B00G062JBG/
Also by Jan Sikes.
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jan-Sikes/e/B00CS9K8DK
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jan-Sikes/e/B00CS9K8DK
And find more reviews and follow Jan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7095856.Jan_Sikes
Connect to Jan via her website: http://www.jansikes.com
The next author who continues to receive excellent reviews is Bette A. Stevens for her book Pure Trash: The Story
About Pure Trash: The Story
It’s PURE TRASH (Historical Fiction/short story), a Compelling Prequel to the novel DOG BONE SOUP. The year is 1955. Remember the Good Old Days? You know, the 1950s and ‘60s, when America was flying high. The All American Family lived a life filled with hopes and dreams and life’s necessities too. Shawn Daniels isn’t your typical American Boomer Boy. No, Shawn is a poor boy. He can’t join Boy Scouts or sports teams. There’s not even enough money for necessities. Besides, Shawn doesn’t have time for that. But when chores are done, there’s always fishing!
In this short story, Shawn and Willie Daniels are off on a Saturday adventure in search of trash to turn into treasure. It is going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd. This is a story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied (and not just by kids). It may redefine your definition of bullying. If you were a child who was thought of as “different” in some way, you know what bullying is about: torment, persecution, intimidation, to name a few of its synonyms. For Shawn and Willie, their difference was based upon the social status of a dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up.
One of the recent reviews
This is my first glimpse into the delightful writing style of the author, Ms. Stevens. This short story was compelling and left me interested in reading “Dog Bone Soup” from which this story was derived.
Read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/PURE-TRASH-Bette-A-Stevens-ebook/dp/B00EH0RV6K/
Also by Bette A. Stevens
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M
Read more reviews and follow Bette on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6037707.Bette_A_Stevens
Connect to Bette via her website: https://4writersandreaders.com/
Now a recent review for supernatural/paranormal author Audrey Driscoll, for Book 3 of the Herbert West series – Islands of the Gulf Volume 2 – The Treasure – Amazon US 99c and UK 99p from 15th to 22nd August.
About the book
Abandoned and abused, young Herbert West resorts to drastic measures to survive. At Miskatonic University, he becomes a scientist who commits crimes and creates monstrosities. Decades later, haunted by his past, he finds safety as Dr. Francis Dexter of Bellefleur Island, but his divided nature threatens those he loves and forces him to face the truth about his healing powers.
More Details: Seeking relief from grief and illness in the refuge of Bellefleur Island, Francis Dexter relives in memory his early years when his name was Herbert West. To survive his mother’s disappearance, the capricious attentions of his father and the brutalities of his brothers, young Herbert makes himself into a juvenile strategist and warrior of vengeance.
Turning to science as a solace for emotional turmoil, Herbert studies medicine at Miskatonic University in Arkham. As both student and physician, he pursues forbidden experiments with single-minded determination, seeking to discover the secrets of life and death. The Great War presents West with a great opportunity, but in that maelstrom of violence he crosses the frontier of rationalism into the territory of the bizarre.
Recoiling from these poisoned memories, Francis Dexter turns to his years on Bellefleur Island and relives his tumultuous relationship with the artist Julian Vernon. For the first time since his troubled childhood, he allows himself to become emotionally attached to another human being, but the idyll is eroded by depression, drugs and jealousy and Dexter’s choices result in tragedy.
Saved and supported by Margaret Bellgarde, Dexter allows himself to be drawn into her family to recover from illness and sorrow. Until a day in July when his past confronts him and forces him to face the truth about his role as physician and healer.
One of the recent reviews for the book
July 14, 2018
This is neither a page turner nor a quick read with its long, dense paragraphs and advanced (to me) vocabulary (like “vulning” . . . I certainly didn’t know what it meant!). The Treasure is a commitment. But like most commitments, the payoff is worthwhile.
Being a well-executed, character-driven story, the book allows the reader to sink his or her teeth into the Herbert West character, into the plot, and into the gorgeous descriptions. I loved Driscoll’s garden descriptions and even doubled back to reread her portrayal of a grassy field. Driscoll’s prose is alive and textured and beautiful.
I loved young Herbert’s tense encounters with street gangs and his tender moments with a classmate. His childhood is laid out in such a way as to totally explain why the adult Herbert West turned out the way he did.
The adult Herbert explores love and experiences loss and learns to see beauty. I came to care for him so much that he will stay with me many years I’m sure.
The Treasure is the third book in Driscoll’s respectful pastiche of Lovecraft’s Herbert West stories. At times, with Driscoll’s style, I felt as though I were reading a classic.
Head over and buy the book at 99c from 15th to 22nd August: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J1ROTVY
And Amazon UK 99p from 15th to 22nd August: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Islands-Gulf-Treasure-Herbert-West-ebook/dp/B00J1ROTVY
A selection of books by Audrey Driscoll
Read the reviews and buy the books (some at offer prices): https://www.amazon.com/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC
Read more reviews and follow Audrey on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4202146.Audrey_Driscoll
Connect to Audrey via her website: www.audreydriscoll.com
Thank you very much for visiting today and I hope you have found a book to read from one of these talented authors… thanks Sally