Welcome to the first of the cafe and bookstore updates for the week and the first author with a recent review is Christine Campbell for her book For What it’s Worth.
About the book
Yvonne’s biological alarm tells her it’s time to start a family before she’s past her prime, but first her husband, Hugh, must find a job. But will any job do?
When Hugh seems to be taking his time to find one, Yvonne finds one for him, but is it the right job? Will it cause more stress when she is already juggling two jobs herself and is trying to hold on to their flat?
When things start to go wrong, Yvonne finds herself facing a choice no woman should ever have to face – her marriage or a baby.
When she met Hugh, Yvonne was working as an Edinburgh tour guide, so she knows the city well and has a great fondness for it, taking us to some of her favourite places as she tries to work out what the important things in her life are worth: her dreams, her plans – and her marriage.
For What it’s Worth is contemporary women’s fiction with more than a touch of romance, seasoned with a sprinkling of humour, a spot of drama and a splash of tears.
It is not part of The Reluctant Detective Series by the same author, but it is a spin off where we get to know Mirabelle’s sister, Yvonne, better. Mirabelle has a part to play in For What it’s Worth, but in a supporting role rather than the main character.
Although it is a stand-alone novel, those readers who have enjoyed the earlier series will no doubt enjoy being reacquainted with many of the characters and finding out what Mirabelle has been up to since finding Summer, but the main storyline concentrates on Yvonne and her husband Hugh and explores themes familiar to many young thirty-something couples when they decide it’s time to expand their family.
Life is complicated, love is complicated, must our dreams be complicated too?
One of the recent reviews for the book
Yvonne works as a receptionist in a doctor’s surgery, and also has an evening cleaning job. Desperate for a baby, and worried and stressed through constant lack of money, she begins to feel rather irritated at her husband Hugh’s preference for watching TV and sitting around their flat all day waiting for the right job to fall into his lap. Hugh’s reluctance to augment their income causes much friction between the couple.
Yvonne finds Hugh a job, which he hates. Feeling depressed and worthless, Hugh then takes matters into his own hands, the aftermath of which causes Yvonne to take stock of her situation and realise just what she has been doing wrong and which things in life are the most important to her. It’s also a lesson to us all that you cannot try and control another person’s life without that person eventually rebelling in some form or another.
Well written and edited, I enjoyed reading this contemporary women’s fiction novel although I did find the character of Hugh and his way of speaking quite irritating. The author obviously knows Edinburgh very well, and it was nice to be reminded of some of the places I visited when I was last there for the Millennium celebrations.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/What-its-Worth-Christine-Campbell-ebook/dp/B075PG334N
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-its-Worth-Christine-Campbell-ebook/dp/B075PG334N
A selection of other books by Christine Campbell.
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Christine-Campbell/e/B00BRGC0C2
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christine-Campbell/e/B00BRGC0C2
Read more reviews and follow Christine on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7126731.Christine_Campbell
Connect to Christine via her website: http://cicampbellblog.wordpress.com
The next author with are recent review is Karen Ingalls for her novel Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
About the book
Augustus Saint-Gaudens was the premier American sculptor from 1880-1920. Though he was married and had a son, he fell in love with his model, Davida Johnson Clark. Their love affair lasted over twenty-five years and from which one son was born.
This fictionalized version of a true event is written by their great-granddaughter. It is her intent to bring honor and respect to Davida as a woman who was unconditionally in love with Augustus. Their son, Louis suffered all his life with the label bastard given to him during his childhood and she intends to remove that label. She also wants to bring recognition to the wonderful talent and artistic contributions made by Saint-Gaudens.
In the book the reader will be introduced to some of the great works of art by Saint-Gaudens, the moral values during this Victorian era, and some historical facts.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Anyone who knows that the heart has a mind of its own will love this story; those who aren’t privy to that fact need to read it as well. As the saying goes, “true love never runs smooth”, and this beautiful, yet inherently sad, story based on the author’s great-grandmother demonstrates just such a case, that of meeting the right person at the wrong time.
While this is a fictionalized account from the viewpoint of Saint-Gaudens’s mistress, Davida Johnson Clark, it nonetheless told a touching story backed up by a tremendous amount of research that made it come alive. The author is entirely honest in the back of the book regarding what was fictionalized. As someone who has done genealogy research, I can say that it is very possible to feel as if you know someone from your past, whether it’s through genetic memory or perhaps spiritually channeling the individual. While there is a fair amount of speculation given that documentation as well as various records could not be found, nonetheless the story has the feasibility required to establish its credibility.
Songs and poetry galore have been written expressing the irony of forbidden love. It has always been part of the human condition and probably always will be. Sundry times and cultures have been more tolerant than others, and I found it ironic that Augustus Saint-Gaudens was half French; had this relationship occurred there, perhaps it would have been less of a scandal than it was in America. Nonetheless, he and Davida were as discreet as possible, though the situation was undoubtedly excruciating for them both, their son growing up with a stigma that affected his entire life.
This is not a particularly unique situation as many have discovered personally. Finding your soul mate is seldom a painless experience. If you haven’t done so personally, you can get a glimpse of what it might be like from this well-written story.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Davida-Model-Mistress-Augustus-Saint-Gaudens/dp/1530397871
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Davida-Model-Mistress-Augustus-Saint-Gaudens-ebook/dp/B01DA963A8
Also by Karen Ingalls
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY
Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls
Connect to Karen via her blog: http://kareningalls.blogspot.ie/
The next author with a recent review is Olga Nunez Miret for her book I Love Your Cupcakes…
About the book
Dulce, Adelfa and Storm, the protagonists of I Love Your Cupcakes are business partners, friends and share some “interesting” family connections. All the men Dulce meets only want to talk about her cakes and she’s tired of it. Her friend Adelfa, although she’s a Chemistry Professor, can’t manage to find the recipe for the perfect relationship. And Storm, the third of the partners of their bakery/coffee shop/bookshop/art gallery and ex-fire station, is an artist who is not a master in the art of love.
How could they imagine that at the studio of the contest “Do You Have What it Takes to Be the Next Baking Star?” they’d find sexual harassment, cheats, fights and also love? Recipes included (only for cakes, not love!)
One of the recent reviews for the book in audio.
I listened to the audio book of I love your cupcakes. I enjoyed the reader, Gwen Olson’s, voice and thought it suited the book well. The pacing of the telling of the story was also good. I don’t always feel like that and have listened to some audio books where the reader’s voice has annoyed me to a point where I can’t listen to the book.
This is such a lovely and entertaining light read. A story of entrepreneurial, friendship and community life with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure. It was quite delightful.
When half siblings Dulce, Adelfa and Storm decide to go into business making interesting cakes and cupcakes in a community based setting that provided promotional opportunities for artists, singers and entertainment for families, little did they know how enthusiastically their project would be received by the community or how successful their business would become. One success leads to another and the trio are selected to compete in a popular baking competition on television. The only point on which the trio cannot agree is the name of the business. Dulce wants Literary Cupcakes to promote the literature and books side of the business and Adelfa things Literately Cupcakes works much better.
The competition results in Dulce and Adelfa meeting some unusual characters by way of the opposition competitors some of whom they are destined to become good friends with and some who are very different to the Literary/Literately cupcakes girls. When Dulce and some of the other female competitors are set up to become the victims of the unscrupulous producer, Dirty Harry, the group hatch a plot to teach him a lesson and stop his unfair behaviour. During their time participating in the show, all three of the siblings meet someone who just could be that “special” one.
I really liked all the siblings in the book. Dulce was really sweet and kind, as her name suggests, and is a very talented baker. Some of her taste combinations are most intriguing and, I think as a fellow baker, quite workable combinations. Adelfa is an intelligent and enterprising woman who is a great achiever in everything but love. Storm is a gorgeous and artistic man and a great help to both of the girls.
I felt, while I was reading this book, that I would love to be part of this amazing project. Olga took a delightful dream and turned it into something believable with her words.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Your-Cupcakes-Núñez-Miret-ebook/dp/B00NZ73WBO
And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Your-Cupcakes-Núñez-Miret-ebook/dp/B00NZ73WBO
A selection of other books in Spanish or English by Olga Nunez Miret
Read the reviews and buy the books Amazon –https://www.amazon.com/author/olganm
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Olga-Núñez-Miret/e/B009UC58G0
Read more reviews and follow Olga on Goodreads –http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret
Audio books – http://authortranslatorolga.com/my-audiobooks/
Connect to Olga via her website: http://www.olganm.com/
Bette A. Stevens created the magical world of Amazing Matilda the Monarch Butterfly and it continues to entrance its young readers of all ages.
About Amazing Matilda
Inspire the Kids with an Award-winning (Excellence in Children’s Literature) Monarch Butterfly Tale.
In this age of instant gratification, there’s an award-winning children’s picture book out that teaches kids that patience and hard work really do pay off.
‘AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale’ is a timely tale that follows MATILDA, a tiny monarch caterpillar, from the time she hatches from her egg on a giant milkweed leaf until she realizes her dream to fly. The story provides challenges and adventure at every turn.
Grandparents, parents and teachers will find that AMAZING MATILDA is a book that kids will want to read themselves and hear read to them again and again.
Get your FREE Authorgraph for your digital copy from author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens at http://www.4writersandreaders.com
One of the recent reviews for the book
on May 2, 2018
I adored the author’s illustrations and the story. A lovely children’s inspirational teaching book. Highly recommended and also FREE with Amazon Prime Reading. An excellent bedtime story.
Read all the wonderful reviews for the book: https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Matilda-Monarchs-Bette-Stevens/dp/1470187663
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amazing-Matilda-Childrens-Literature-Butterfly-ebook/dp/B00AU9ZISA
Also by Bette A. Stevens
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M
And on 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/
The final author today is A.T. Balsara with The Great & The Small which she has written and illustrated…published at the end of October 2017 and now receiving wonderful reviews.
About The Great & The Small
Deep below the market, in the dark tunnels no human knows exist, a war has begun. Led by the charismatic Beloved Chairman, a colony of rats plots to exterminate the ugly two-legs who have tortured them in labs, crushed them with boots, and looked at them with disgust for as long as anyone can remember.
When the Chairman’s nephew is injured and a young two-leg nurses him back to health, however, doubt about the war creeps in. Now the colony is split—obey the Chairman and infect the two-legs with the ancient sickness passed down from the Old Ones, or do the unthinkable…
One of the recent reviews for the book
on April 29, 2018
The Great & the Small is a wonderfully imaginative fantasy adventure written and illustrated by A. T. Balsara. A riveting story about courage, love, compassion, and loyalty—reminiscent of Watership Down (and perhaps just as dark)—we meet a community of anthropomorphized rats who, although they live in their natural environment, possess their own language, laws and hierarchy.
Touching on themes of survival, heroism, leadership, political responsibility, alienation, community—and love—the story follows a colony of rats living deep below a market in dark tunnels no human knows exist. A war has begun, led by the beloved Chairman, to exterminate the ugly two-legs who have tortured them in labs, crushed them with boots, and looked at them with disgust for as long as anyone can remember.
When the Chairman’s nephew, Fin, is injured and a young two-leg nurses him back to health, doubt about the war creeps in. Now the colony is split—obey the Chairman and infest the two-legs with the ancient sickness passed down from the Old Ones, or do the unthinkable. Rebel.
A small group of valiant, freedom-fighting rats, led by Fin, will have you rooting for their success—to end the war and save the ugly two-legs from further death. This enthralling story is told with pulse-pounding suspense as Fin and his Resistance buddies are under constant threat of the ARM, protectors of the tunnels. Do they survive to save the day? You’ll have to read the book to find out—and I highly recommend you do.
And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/A.-T.-Balsara/e/B077THW3QL/
Also as Andrea Torrey-Balsara for children.
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Torrey-Balsara/e/B077TKWPBY/
Connect to Andrea via her website: www.torreybalsara.com
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