Welcome to the first of the updates for authors in the cafe and bookstore and today recent reviews and also the offer of a free book.
The first author with a recent review is Mary Adler for her wartime mystery Shadowed by Death… An Oliver Wright WW II Mystery Book 2. A young Polish freedom fighter is in danger and Oliver Wright must try to protect her..
About Shadowed by Death
San Francisco, 1944. Sophia Nirenska, a Polish resistance fighter who survived the Warsaw ghetto uprising, finds safety in California until someone tries to kill her. She insists political enemies want to silence her, but homicide detective Oliver Wright, on medical leave from the Marines, believes the motive is more personal. He and his German shepherd, Harley, try to protect Sophia, but she insists on doing things her own way—a dangerous decision.
Oliver guards Sophia as they travel from an Italian cafe in Richmond to communist chicken farmers in Petaluma where her impetuous actions put them both in mortal danger.
When Oliver rescues a girl and her dog who are running for their lives, he discovers the dark secret at the heart of the threat to Sophia, a secret with its roots in Poland. When he does, he is forced to choose between enforcing the law as he knows it and jeopardizing Sophia or accepting a rougher kind of justice.
Shadowed by Death accurately portrays the fears and troubles of the communities of northern California as they bear the burdens of World War II and celebrate the gift of finding family among strangers.
A recent review for the book
After reading the first book of this series, I decided to read the second book to find out what happened to the protagonists of the first book. This second book did not disappoint.
I remembered Oliver from the first story and his dog Harley. For Oliver, the war was over but for the Jewish Poles who escaped the war to find refuge in the United States of America, the war was still raging.
Sophia Nirenska, a Polish refugee and one of the underground advocates was very outspoken about the evils perpetrated by Russia and Hitler’s Germany. Her advocacy put her life in danger. Oliver agreed to protect her. Sophia, however, would always want to do things her way and that put her and Oliver in danger.
In the end, they found out who was the mole amongst them, the one thwarting their plans and causing the deaths of a good number of the underground fighters.
This is a great second world war story. Very interesting and well written. I enjoyed reading it.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F2V369K
Also by Mary Adler
Buy both books from Mary’s author page US: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Adler/e/B00JAM3VVE/
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Adler/e/B00JAM3VVE/
Read more reviews and follow Mary on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7829648.M_A_Adler
Connect to Mary via her website: https://maryadlerwrites.com/
The next author with a recent review is Andrew Joyce for Mahoney his latest release.
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 recent reviews for Mahoney on Goodreads
I started reading Andrew Joyce’s stories and novels several years ago, and now own every one. I enjoy his writing because I recognize a style of writing that compares favorably with several of my favorite authors, such as Louis L’Amour, Robert B. Parker and William W. Johnstone, along with his niece, J.A. Johnstone.
Like those prolific authors, Andrew Joyce can cover historical fiction, non-fiction and short stories equally well.
In Mahoney we find some extremely likable and interesting characters, set in the historical fiction genre. Mahoney takes us through the potato famine, so vividly you can feel the hunger and despair prevalent in Ireland during those dark days. Mahoney’s time on the ship coming to America is filled with sea-faring experiences and the hope and eagerness that some of our ancestors must have felt coming to a new land and looking forward to their new lives.
The Mahoney family’s characters are so believable you laugh and cry with them at their happy times and tragedies. Mary Mahoney has a personality with a female point of view that many male authors are unable to perfect. Andrew Joyce has a good perspective on the female point of view in all of his stories.
We then travel through time reliving the building of the railroads, and the many aspects of the Civil War and how the War affected individuals and families during those horrific years.
We are able to follow a family legacy as Dillon moves West and gives us The Old West, along with the disparities, not only of the differences between the “civilized” culture of the cities and the wildness of a land moving from lawlessness to law and order, but of the men themselves back then. How a cowboy could be on the wrong side of the law yet change his whole life and become whatever he aspired to become. A college educated cattle rustler, to a deputy to a captain of industry! Many such tales of well known characters exist to this day and Andrew’s character of “Pecos Bob” was a fun addition!
The next part of the Saga concerns David. Not only do we get to study the history of the United States through the Roaring 20’s, Prohibition, the Great Depression, The Dust Bowl, World War I, and other events leading to the Civil Rights Era, we get a study of Dillon’s son, David evolving from a spoiled young man to his growing up to be a man his ancestors and Father would be proud of.
This is a story the author, himself, should be proud of. The family saga is compelling and the characters scattered throughout the story make you laugh and cry and understand more about the people who make up the fabric of the United States of America.
Read the reviews and buy the book : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RZPMVP5
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mahoney-Andrew-Joyce-ebook/dp/B07RZPMVP5
Also by Andrew Joyce
Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Joyce/e/B00EUCFDTM
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-Joyce/e/B00EUCFDTM
Find more reviews and follow Andrew on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7242284.Andrew_Joyce
Connect to Andrew via his blog: https://andrewjoyce.wordpress.com/
Just a reminder that if you have a book on offer or Free and you are in the Cafe and Bookstore you can promote in the updates.
Mary Crowley is offering her latest novel Under a Dark Cloud FREE from November 13th – 14th
About the book
Under a Dark Cloud is a grippingly emotional story of shattered dreams, haunting nightmares and bitter memories. Kelly Henderson wants reprieve to emerge from Under the Dark Cloud that shrouds her life.
Kelly Henderson returns to Bunreen, a small town nestled in the South East of Ireland, weeks after her husband’s tragic death, wanting to re-establish a relationship with her mother and sister. However, as the taxi approaches her old home, she is harshly reminded of the night her mother Lorraine banished her to live with her father in Scotland, when she was only fifteen years of age.
Kelly’s’ heart is heavy and her grief raw, but she must keep strong as she soon discovers there are more secrets within the family. While Lorraine’s indifference to her pain gives renewed determination to right the wrongs of the past and prove she had not been lying about what had happened to her as a teenager. A wrongdoing that led to the breakdown of her marriage and in Kelly’s mind, inevitably caused her husband’s death. It’s time to take back control and get the reprieve she deserves.
Nessa Quinlan has a simple but happy life with her devoted husband Liam; however, her life is turned upside-down when her estranged brother contacts her to say he is dying of cancer. Nessa had broken all ties with Donald after he had killed a local teenager in a road accident showing no remorse.
Kind-hearted, Nessa becomes his carer which concerns her family and best friend Clodagh, but Nessa has more to contend with than the disagreeable Donald, with ghosts from her past threatening to cloud her happiness, which in turn puts a strain on her marriage. This is not helped by Donald refusing medical treatment until one day Kelly arrives on their doorstep as his new Health Nurse.
Can Nessa save her marriage? Does Kelly hold the answers to Nessa’s problems, or will her presence bring further recriminations?
Under a Dark Cloud is Mary Crowley’s second Novel following her Debut A Sweet Smell of Strawberries, a heart wrenching tale of a mother’s loss when her son, a talented athlete is killed.
What the readers are saying about the book on Goodreads
This story is so well executed, and I was intrigued throughout, but on a whole for me, it is all about the ending, which I hadn’t guessed at all. Great second Novel by Mary Crowley, would recommend it.
Like the first book, A Sweet Smell of Strawberries, I was immediately pulled into the plot and the characters. Loved the Irish setting. A great read highly recommend.
Fantastic follow up novel to a sweet smell of Strawberries. It’s own book with some interesting twists.
This was such an heartbreaking book!! I loved it!! After reading the authors original book, I so looked forward to this and it delivered.
Read the reviews and get the book FREE 13th/14th November: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07VGNP3MS
And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VGNP3MS
Also by Mary Crowley
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Crowley/e/B07H7TCFVB
And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Crowley/e/B07H7TCFVB
Read more reviews and follow Mary on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18246222.Mary_Crowley
Connect to Mary via her blog: https://marycrowleyauthor.wordpress.com/home/
Thank you for joining me today and I hope that you will be leaving with some books under your arm… thanks Sally.