Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Bette A. Stevens, Andrew Joyce and Marina Osipova


The first author with a recent review is children’s author Bette A. Stevens for Amazing Matilda the Monarch Butterfly and it continues to delight its young readers of all ages with 87 reviews.

About Amazing Matilda

Inspire the Kids in Your Life to Meet Challenges with Patience and Persistence!
This inspirational tale of a Monarch butterfly and her meadowland friends is the second children’s book written and illustrated by Bette A. Stevens.

Packed with action and adventure, this book is sure to entertain and inspire.

TWO LITERARY AWARDS–Excellence in Children’s Literature:
* 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Picture Books 6+)
* THE GITTLE LIST 2013 (Top 10 Self-published Children’s Picture Books)

Monarch Butterfly conservation is in the news. AMAZING MATILDA is too! Her storyline and illustrations follow the monarch life cycle and highlight milkweed, an environmentally threatened plant, the only food source for monarch caterpillars.

Get your FREE Autograph for your digital copy from author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens at http://www.4writersandreaders.com

One of the recent reviews for the book

Lisa Kradjian 5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely story! April 30, 2019

“Amazing Matilda” is a simple story about a caterpillar who wants to fly, but is told — and illustrated — so beautifully. Flowers, insects, animals and more are described in caring detail. We root for Matilda but cherish the advice her friends give her “Be patient and trust your instincts.” Advice for us all! Bravo.

Read some of the many reviews for the book and buy: 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

Pure Trash Bette Stevens

Read 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/

Time to catch up with the recent reviews for the  latest release ….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 recent reviews for the book

Grady HarpTop Contributor: Children’s Books  HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER

Massachusetts author Andrew Joyce took a leaping chance on providing follow-ups to an American classic Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn – and oddly enough he succeeded: REDEMPTION: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN AND TOM SAWYER was voted Best Western novel n 2013! Joyce is an inveterate hitchhiker and doubtless that lifestyle has supplied him with the rich imagination he so freely offered in his book YELLOW HAIR – another award winner for historical fiction. MAHONEY explores the history of immigrants from mid-19th century on.

Andrew transports us to Ireland and sets the tone in his beginning of the book – ‘In the second year of an Gorta Mhór – the Great Famine – MacMurragh stepped into Devin Mahoney’s cabin but stopped short, just inside the door. There was not a stick of furniture present; everything had been sold off, one piece at a time, as hunger grew. Devin had not eaten a meal for five days, and then it was only a meager bowl of cornmeal. Before that, he had gone three days with out a single morsel of food passing his lips. Devin Mahoney, the descendant of kings, lay on the dirt floor of his small, dark cabin, waiting for Death to take him by the hand and lead him out of his misery.’ So Andrew remains passionate about American history – the struggles immigrants from Ireland and many other countries endured just to reach the golden shores of America. The subject of the book is history, but we are still living that history now: immigration is still elusive in our contemporary state of discord.

The book is appropriately lengthy, covering as many struggles as it does, and the provided synopsis gels the story well: ‘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.’ The story takes us to 1963 and Martin Luther King’s dream.

The novel is rich in elegant prose and captures that elusive sense of hope at the end of a dark tunnel with finesse. The book is rich in engrossing history and written in a manner that makes it a very fine novel. Grady Harp.

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/

The next author with a recent review is Marina Osipova with her novel of love and war The Cruel Romance.

About The Cruel Romance

October 1941. A small village outside Moscow. Serafima bids farewell to Vitya, a Soviet officer going to the front. With only moments left together, she places a cross around her beloved’s neck and reluctantly releases him into a cruel world where nothing is certain, especially whether she will ever see him again. Days later Germans invade her village and take over her tiny house. Serafima and her mother must comply with orders, endure abuse, and stay put or their village will be annihilated.

As World War II intertwines Serafima’s and Vitya’s life with that of a young German violinist and a Russian intellectual, their destinies are irrevocably altered. Can they rise to the challenge of agonizing moral choices and learn to forgive and love again? Praise The Cruel Romance is a tale of love, violence, and acceptance as Serafima is forced to live with what the Germans left behind.

This compelling story makes for a thrilling read in a setting and time that comes to life, pulling the reader into the vividly drawn, rarely seen world. Elisabeth Amaral, author of When Any Kind of Love Will Do and Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Apr 15, 2019 Billie Kowalewski rated it Five Stars

Fantastic!
I took my time with this one because it became clear to me early on that this the kind of book you can’t really read in one sitting. This story follows a young Russian girl and her mother during WW2 and the hardships that she dealt with during that time. This author has a gift for bringing such details into her story which really open up the image playing in your mind, providing a much more realistic feel and effect. I love reading stories set in different time periods and this author truly did this time in our history justice. I look forward to reading more from this very talented author

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

And Amazon UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

Also by Marina Osipova

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Marina-Osipova/e/B0778W8MHS

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marina-Osipova/e/B0778W8MHS

Read other reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29457862-the-cruel-romance

Connect to Marina via her website: http://www.marina-osipova.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with a book or two under your arm.. .thanks Sally.

 

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #reviews – Janice Spina, Terry Tyler and Marina Osipova


The first author today is Janice Spina who has received a recent review for her novel How Far is Heaven.

About the book

Parker and Priscilla Wilfork are happily married with two children. Life seemed perfect and peaceful until Parker goes on a business trip and does not return. Priscilla finds her world turned upside down when she searches for answers to how and why Parker disappeared.

One night Priscilla has a dream that Parker is an angel. Does this mean that Parker is now dead? After two years and no sign of Parker except in her dreams, Priscilla makes the decision to tell her children that their father has gone to Heaven.

Priscilla tries to get their lives back together until one day Deanna disappears too. Now Priscilla must go on a quest to find her daughter before it’s too late. She fears her daughter’s disappearance might be connected in some way to her husband’s. Can Priscilla go on with her life if she loses Deanna too?

With the help of a handsome police Sergeant, Blake Furelli, they work together to try to find Deanna and solve the mystery behind Parker’s disappearance. During this trying time, Blake, who suffered a loss of his own, feels drawn to the ethereal beauty of Priscilla.

One of the recent reviews for the book

How Far is Heaven offers a great mix of mystery, romance and angelic messages.A seemingly happy couple – Parker and Priscilla are broken up by a tragic incident when Parker ventures out for a business trip but never returns home. Priscilla finds help with trying to find her missing husband from a compassionate police Sargent, Blake, who makes it his mission to solve the mystery of her missing husband.

In the midst of the investigation, more grief fills Priscilla when her 8 year old precocious daughter, Deanna, goes missing. We are left wondering how these two events are connected and we’re kept hoping through the investigation that Deanna will be found. Through the tragedy that ensues, Priscilla tries to keep it all together for the sake of her missing daughter and for her little boy. As the investigation continues, Blake finds himself taking a great shining to Priscilla as he feels a common bond with Priscilla’s loss and his own recent suffering of a great loss. Blake’s compassion for Priscilla grows into a friendship.Meanwhile, sweet Deanna keeps her hopes of being found alive because of her spiritual connection with her father’s spirit and the ‘promise’ he made her that he’d always protect her.

This book is a moving story of tragedy with faith and love sustaining everyone to keep hope alive while trying to maintain peace and normalcy within a loving family, all the while keeping us glued till the end, as we wait and hope to find out if the little girl will be found and what happened to her father.Love never dies, even after death.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GM3G6M4

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Far-Heaven-J-Spina-ebook/dp/B01GM3G6M4

A small selection of children’s books and for adults by Janice Spina

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and buy  https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

Connect to Janice via her website: https://Jemsbooks.com

And next a recent review for Terry Tyler and Legacy: Book Four Project Renova Series...

About Legacy

Out of all the death and destruction has come the freedom to be who we really are.’

A hundred years after the world was devastated by the bat fever virus, the UK is a country of agricultural communities where motherhood is seen as the ideal state for a woman, new beliefs have taken over from old religions, and the city of Blackthorn casts a threatening shadow over the north of England. Legacy travels backwards in time to link up with the characters from Tipping Point, Lindisfarne and UK2.

Seventeen-year-old Bree feels stifled by the restrictions of her village community, but finds a kindred spirit in Silas, a lone traveller searching for his roots. She, too, is looking for answers: the truth behind the mysterious death, forty years earlier, of her grandmother.

In 2050, Phoenix Northam’s one wish is to follow in the footsteps of his father, a great leader respected by all who knew him…or so his mother tells him.

In 2029, on a Danish island, Lottie is homesick for Lindisfarne; two years earlier, Alex Verlander and the kingpins of the Renova group believe they have escaped the second outbreak of bat fever just in time…

Book 4 of the Project Renova series rebuilds a broken country with no central government or law, where life is dangerous and people can simply disappear…but the post-Fall world is also one of possibility, of freedom and hope for the future.

A recent review for the book..

‘Legacy’ is the fourth and final book in the ‘Project Renova’ series by British best-selling author, Terry Tyler. The story is told from the prospective of several characters and is written in the first person and the present tense. The cover design is simple yet highly symbolic.

Although a hundred years have passed, life in small communities is still predominantly agrarian and altruistic. In contrast, larger settlements have moved to a mixed economy but instead of developing a fair and just system of law and order, have become brutalised and bloodthirsty. Much of the countryside is still uninhabited and from some bleak descriptions, it is clear humankind won’t return to its pre-apocalyptical consumer-led society model any time soon.

The author has taken quite a risk with this book. The structure is unusual in that she takes the device of inclusion and after some drip-feeding of events over the intervening years, we then travel back in time. We stop off at various pivotal points along the way, ending up more or less where the last book finished. It is all then wrapped up by moving forward again to 2127. From a writing point-of-view, it is an amazingly difficult task to make the timelines work but as far as I could tell, they did and there were no loose ends.

I found it very helpful to have a brief synopsis of the previous books in the series at the end. There are a lot of characters but if you get your head round them, you will definitely be rewarded as the plot develops.

As usual, Tyler’s writing techniques are displayed in abundance. We have foreshadowing, humour, imagery, jealousy, sarcasm, pathos, poignancy, fear, love and hate all mixed together in the melting pot of her mind to build some amazingly strong characters; some were familiar and some were completely new. Either way, without doubt, the reader cannot help but care deeply about them.

There were parallels with events at the Colosseum in ancient Rome, Edmund and Henry Tudor and indeed a bit of ‘Mein Kampf’ along the way, all weaved seamlessly into the plot.

I worried that it might be a bit of a let-down after the others in the series. However, it was nothing of the sort. It would stand alone as a novel in its own right but for those of us who have been with Terry Tyler since ‘Project Renova’ began, it was the perfect vehicle for closure. Some people got their comeuppance but some didn’t, just as it is in life. Some people thrived and some lives ended ignominiously, keeping it grounded with an earthy realism. And that’s the nagging doubt we are left with; this scenario could actually happen … Definitely worth a much-deserved five stars.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Legacy-Project-Renova-Book-4-ebook/dp/B07JNC9K6Z

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Project-Renova-Book-4-ebook/dp/B07JNC9K6Z

A selection of other books by Terry Tyler

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

Read more reviews and follow Terry Tyler on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821157.Terry_Tyler

Connect to Terry via her blog: https://terrytyler59.blogspot.ie/

And the final author today with a recent review is Marina Osipova for her most recent book How Dare The Birds Sing (Book One in the Love and Fate Series 1).

About the book

Are Lyuba and Günter star-crossed lovers? When they first meet in 1933 Soviet Russia, their young love is filled with hope and naiveté until Günter disappears. Her fleeting relationship with him has devastating consequences, forcing her to take a humiliating way out to save herself and her family. This choice unleashes a sequence of fatal events that shatter her life, affecting everyone involved.

In June 1941, World War II comes to Russian soil, hurling Lyuba, along with millions of others, into the inhuman grinder, testing the limits of her strength and resilience of her heart. Will it be strong enough years later to allow her to reveal the ugly secret she has buried from the only person the war has left for her to love?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Induna 5.0 out of 5 stars Love does not always prevail, the perils of war often destroys it. 

Lyuba Zaleskaya was a seventeen year old from Lipetsk, a provincial Russian town south of Moscow. The author Marina Osipova with her descriptive dialog and elegant prose, places us the reader, as a passenger alongside Lyuba as she makes the harrowing and heartfelt journey of her life through the maelstrom of bitter conflict between Russia and Germany.
We are with her as she falls in love, only for that love to be thwarted by circumstance, and she is forced into a loveless marriage with a Hero of the Soviet Union. Separated from her husband Stepan by military battles over the homeland Lyuba finds herself part of the partisan movement in an effort to beat back the German invaders.

On one covert mission, she is captured by the Germans and ends up in a concentration camp. Her pain and suffering from this internship is our pain too, as we subconsciously urge her to endure and not give up. We the reader are breaking under the strain of ungodly atrocities and cruelty inflicted on this and other women in the camp.

A reprieve for both her and us the reader comes when Lyuba is selected to work at a local farmer’s house. It is here she is required to bear the baby of the master of the house as his wife was barren. But even this joy is taken from her as the Russians sweep in to take over the area and the Germans flee together with the child that Lyuba has borne. Here she has to explain to her own countrymen that she had not been a whore of the Germans and a collaborator.

Released from this hell she finds solace in adopting the daughter of her deceased friend Natasha, and where we the reader, are able to place our metaphorical arms around Lyuba to comfort her as she becomes a loving mother of Natashen’ka.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N2BDF91

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dare-Birds-Sing-Book-Love-ebook/dp/B07N2BDF91

Also by Marina Osipova

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Marina-Osipova/e/B0778W8MHS

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marina-Osipova/e/B0778W8MHS

Read more reviews and follow Marina on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4701687.Marina_Osipova

Connect to Marina via her website: http://www.marina-osipova.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with a book or two under your arm.. thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – How Dare The Birds Sing (Book One in the Love and Fate Series 1) by Marina Osipova


Congratulations to Marina Osipova on the release of her new book How Dare The Birds Sing (Book One in the Love and Fate Series 1).

About the book

Are Lyuba and Günter star-crossed lovers? When they first meet in 1933 Soviet Russia, their young love is filled with hope and naiveté until Günter disappears. Her fleeting relationship with him has devastating consequences, forcing her to take a humiliating way out to save herself and her family. This choice unleashes a sequence of fatal events that shatter her life, affecting everyone involved.

In June 1941, World War II comes to Russian soil, hurling Lyuba, along with millions of others, into the inhuman grinder, testing the limits of her strength and resilience of her heart. Will it be strong enough years later to allow her to reveal the ugly secret she has buried from the only person the war has left for her to love?

One of the early reviews for the book

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fascinating tale! January 24, 2019

“How Dare the Birds Sing” is a riveting WW2 novel which will stay with you for a long time after the last page is turned. A tale of epic proportions, it starts with the beautiful and unlikely love story between a Russian girl Lyuba and a German pilot cadet Günter, and eventually turns into a devastating tale of war and hope lost. Meticulously researched and masterfully presented, this novel will captivate you from the start and will keep you on the edge of your seat with its wonderful prose and unforgettable characters. The brutal conditions of the war, the sacrifice of the brave warriors and partisans, the history itself comes alive in this emotional, gut-wrenching story. Highly recommended for all fans of historical fiction genre. A truly fascinating tale!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N2BDF91

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dare-Birds-Sing-Book-Love-ebook/dp/B07N2BDF91

Also by Marina Osipova

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Marina-Osipova/e/B0778W8MHS

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marina-Osipova/e/B0778W8MHS

Read more reviews and follow Marina on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4701687.Marina_Osipova

About Marina Osipova

I was born in the German Democratic Republic to a military family. I am a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of History and Archives and also graduated from the Moscow Institute for Foreign Languages as a German language interpreter. I worked for a Soviet Governmental Department in the section of International Affairs, then for various German and Austrian firms. Extensive travel to these countries gave me a chance to become intimately familiar with the lands and the people.

In 2001, I immigrated to the United States and eventually made my home in Pawling, NY.
Before publishing The Cruel Romance (Historical Fiction), I have written two other books, The Garden of Weeds and Katyuscha.

My next project is related to the occupation of a part of Austria by the Soviet Army in 1945 – 1955 (working title, österreichisches Engelchen und Alescha. Die Okkupationsromanze).

Connect to Marina

Website: http://www.marina-osipova.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marina.osipova.14
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marina-osipova-65b81418/

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Rachele Baker DVM, Marina Osipova and D. Wallace Peach


Welcome to the Friday edition of the author update and recent reviews for books on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first book with a recent review is Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy by Rachele Baker, DVM. Our pet’s health is as important as our own.

About Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy

Did you know? That if you feed large breed puppies diets other than those formulated and labeled specifically for “Large Breed” puppies that they can develop bone and joint problems? Learn more in Chapter 1: The Best Nutrition For Dogs and Puppies.

Do you know the proper way to clean your dog’s ears? Keeping your dog’s ears clean can help to prevent recurrent ear infections. Chapter 6: Keeping Your Dog’s Ears Clean walks you through the steps to properly clean your dog’s ears and gives recommendations for high quality ear cleaners for dogs.

Buyer Beware. The term “Holistic” on dog food labels is not legally defined or regulated by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). Read more in Chapter 1.

Does your dog constantly pull on the leash on walks? You will appreciate the tips in Chapter 2 – Part 2: Fun Exercise Options For Your Dog.

Do you know how to determine if your dog is overweight?  Learn more in Chapter 2 – Part 1: Keeping Your Dog At A Healthy Weight.

Even people who have had dogs for years will be sure to learn something new in this fabulous book by veterinarian Dr. Rachele Baker. Get yours today!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Veterinarian Rachele Baker provides some excellent idea, some of which I wish I had had with my first dog. I have made some of the mistakes that this book addresses and it was my furbabies who suffered for them.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And on Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Rachele Baker, DVM on Goodreads

Connect to Rachele via her website: http://rachelebaker.com

The next author with a recent review is Marina Osipova with her novel of love and war The Cruel Romance.

About The Cruel Romance

October 1941. A small village outside Moscow. Serafima bids farewell to Vitya, a Soviet officer going to the front. With only moments left together, she places a cross around her beloved’s neck and reluctantly releases him into a cruel world where nothing is certain, especially whether she will ever see him again. Days later Germans invade her village and take over her tiny house. Serafima and her mother must comply with orders, endure abuse, and stay put or their village will be annihilated.

As World War II intertwines Serafima’s and Vitya’s life with that of a young German violinist and a Russian intellectual, their destinies are irrevocably altered. Can they rise to the challenge of agonizing moral choices and learn to forgive and love again? Praise The Cruel Romance is a tale of love, violence, and acceptance as Serafima is forced to live with what the Germans left behind.

This compelling story makes for a thrilling read in a setting and time that comes to life, pulling the reader into the vividly drawn, rarely seen world. Elisabeth Amaral, author of When Any Kind of Love Will Do and Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Tarian Green 5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think. February 10, 2019

This is an unsettling, heartbreaking but compelling story about how ordinary people thrown into extraordinary circumstances struggle to survive in war-torn Europe. We view this world through Serafima’s eyes. A young girl of seventeen who is also under pressure through living with her cold-hearted mother. The realistic portrayal of life in Russia during this devastating period of history was unique and enlightening. As was the continuing battle for Serafima and her son in the aftermath. An Interesting angle on a familiar and tragic time. Major Schuette is cruel, and Lt Werter Lindbery attempts to be kind, he is also musical. From this point, we have the beginnings of a tangled web of relationships.

The four main characters are brilliantly drawn, and the writing is of extremely high quality. Recommended.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

And Amazon UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

Read other reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29457862-the-cruel-romance

Connect to Marina via her website: http://www.marina-osipova.com/

And the final author today with a recent review is D.Wallace Peach for the first book in the Rose Shield Series – Catling’s Bane

About the book

Catling – She’s a weapon desired by those who reign and those who rebel.

In the tiered cities of Ellegeance, the elite Influencers’ Guild holds the power to manipulate emotions. Love and fear, pleasure and pain mark the extremes of their sway. But it’s the subtle blends that hook their victims’ hearts. They hide behind oaths of loyalty and rule the world.

Until Catling discovers the gift that will be her bane. She is the shield that disrupts the influencer’s sway.

Born in the grim warrens beneath the city, Catling rues the rose birthmark encircling her eye. Yet, it grants her a unique ability, the means to remake a civilization. To the Guild, she an aberration, a threat, and they order her death. No longer a helpless child, Catling has other plans.

As chaos shakes the foundations of order and rule, will she become the realm’s savior? Or its executioner?

Welcome to a world of three moons, a sentient landscape, rivers of light, and tier cities that rise from the swamps like otherworld flowers. A planet of waterdragons, where humans are the aliens living among three-fingered natives with spotted skin. Where a half-blood converses with the fog and the goddess plans her final reckoning.

In the spirit of the fantasy tradition set by Patrick Rothfuss, Karen Miller, and Glenda Larke, follow Catling’s journey as she grows into the deadly force that shapes the future. She is the realm’s shield, an influencer, assassin, healer, mother, and avenger. And all she desires is to go home.

A recent review for the book on Goodreads.

Feb 05, 2019 Jessica Bakkers rated it  four stars.

Your feelings – your ability to have an internal dialogue and make decisions based on your feelings , is a sacrosanct thing. Or at least in OUR world it is. Not so in the world created by D Wallace Peach in Catling’s Bane where people’s very emotions can be influenced by magic. Can be, and frequently are.

Catling’s Bane follows the life of Catling, a child of the warrens born with a difference; the ability to shield herself and others from the magic of influencers. In a world where the powerful and wealthy create and enforce law, and influencers hold even the mighty in their clutches, Catling’s gift is both to be desired and feared. For varied reasons, folk take Catling under their wings but he soon finds out not all of them have her best interests – or the world’s – at heart.

Catling’s Bane is a thought-provoking book, set in a rich fantasy world where the rules are very different to our own. I enjoyed reading Catling’s plight as she was pulled here and there and shamelessly used by others for their own good, or their perceived notions of the greater good. I loved the concept of influencing someone and enjoyed seeing how such an immense power was wielded. Peach wrote some wonderful characters who have an incredible sense of depth to them; there were very few who could be painted as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Rather they were much more complex and flawed as real people should be.

I enjoyed Catling’s Bane and am keen to see where her continuing journey takes her. I recommend this book to fantasy lovers, adventure seekers and those who enjoy a magically crafted world where the impossible is possible.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XK3PCRZ

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Catlings-Bane-Rose-Shield-Book-ebook/dp/B06XK3PCRZ

A selection of other books by D.Wallace Peach

Read the reviews for buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Read more reviews and follow Diana on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach

Connect to D. Wallace Peach via her website/blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with a book or two.. thanks Sally

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #Reviews – Mary Adler, Rachele Baker DVM, Marina Osipova and Terry Tyler


Welcome to the first of the author updates for 2019… looking forward to another year of amazingly talented writers and their work.

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

Shadowed by Death by Mary Adler is an unique historical mystery that weaves the horrific incidents caused by the Nazis in World War II into a fascinating suspenseful mystery.

Oliver and his dog Harley work to find who is trying to kill Sophia a Polish resistant fighter who is stirring things up in California by telling about what she know and saw in Poland. Oliver finds that danger follows Sophia and soon it puts him in danger also. Can Oliver keep Sophia safe while trying to figure out who is after her and not become a victim too?

This book is so intriguing you just can’t put it down. I really like the time period and the setting for this book. It brings in a different kind of mystery by making the main characters being an integral part of the fighters that were brave enough to fight the Nazis against all odds. I liked the reckless, brave Sophia who was tough and throws caution to the wind to accomplish her mission to expose what had happened. Oliver is smart, kind, resilient and overcomes his disability from his leg injury to protect and investigate. It just all works to make for a good, page turning book. If I had anything I didn’t like it would be how it jumped around some and in a few places moved slow. All in all it was a good book and I would like to read more of Oliver and Harvey’s adventures.

If you like history, strong, interesting characters, with a puzzling mystery then you will want to read this book.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F2V369K

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadowed-Death-Oliver-Wright-Mystery-ebook/dp/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/

Keeping our pets healthy is as important as our own health..  Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy by Rachele Baker, DVM.

About Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy

Did you know? That if you feed large breed puppies diets other than those formulated and labeled specifically for “Large Breed” puppies that they can develop bone and joint problems? Learn more in Chapter 1: The Best Nutrition For Dogs and Puppies.

Do you know the proper way to clean your dog’s ears? Keeping your dog’s ears clean can help to prevent recurrent ear infections. Chapter 6: Keeping Your Dog’s Ears Clean walks you through the steps to properly clean your dog’s ears and gives recommendations for high quality ear cleaners for dogs.

Buyer Beware. The term “Holistic” on dog food labels is not legally defined or regulated by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). Read more in Chapter 1.

Does your dog constantly pull on the leash on walks? You will appreciate the tips in Chapter 2 – Part 2: Fun Exercise Options For Your Dog.

Do you know how to determine if your dog is overweight?  Learn more in Chapter 2 – Part 1: Keeping Your Dog At A Healthy Weight.

Even people who have had dogs for years will be sure to learn something new in this fabulous book by veterinarian Dr. Rachele Baker. Get yours today!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Dog Health Care  on December 27, 2018

This book was interesting and to the point and easy to understand. There were several way to achieve an outcome, such as giving pills, exercise,and feeding. It explained some diseases and how the dog may have gotten it.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And on Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Rachele Baker, DVM on Goodreads

Connect to Rachele via her website: http://rachelebaker.com

The next author with a recent review is Marina Osipova with her novel of love and war The Cruel Romance.

About The Cruel Romance

October 1941. A small village outside Moscow. Serafima bids farewell to Vitya, a Soviet officer going to the front. With only moments left together, she places a cross around her beloved’s neck and reluctantly releases him into a cruel world where nothing is certain, especially whether she will ever see him again. Days later Germans invade her village and take over her tiny house. Serafima and her mother must comply with orders, endure abuse, and stay put or their village will be annihilated.

As World War II intertwines Serafima’s and Vitya’s life with that of a young German violinist and a Russian intellectual, their destinies are irrevocably altered. Can they rise to the challenge of agonizing moral choices and learn to forgive and love again? Praise The Cruel Romance is a tale of love, violence, and acceptance as Serafima is forced to live with what the Germans left behind.

This compelling story makes for a thrilling read in a setting and time that comes to life, pulling the reader into the vividly drawn, rarely seen world. Elisabeth Amaral, author of When Any Kind of Love Will Do and Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Beautifully written and expertly told. This is at times heartbreaking and an unconventional love story. Osipova’s vivid descriptions thrust you right into the war its hardships and the lives torn apart by circumstances beyond the characters control. A delightful read from start to finish.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

And Amazon UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

Read other reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29457862-the-cruel-romance

Connect to Marina via her website: http://www.marina-osipova.com/

And last but not least a recent review for Terry Tyler and Legacy: Book Four Project Renova Series... I have read the series and can highly recommend.

About Legacy

Out of all the death and destruction has come the freedom to be who we really are.’

A hundred years after the world was devastated by the bat fever virus, the UK is a country of agricultural communities where motherhood is seen as the ideal state for a woman, new beliefs have taken over from old religions, and the city of Blackthorn casts a threatening shadow over the north of England. Legacy travels backwards in time to link up with the characters from Tipping Point, Lindisfarne and UK2.

Seventeen-year-old Bree feels stifled by the restrictions of her village community, but finds a kindred spirit in Silas, a lone traveller searching for his roots. She, too, is looking for answers: the truth behind the mysterious death, forty years earlier, of her grandmother.

In 2050, Phoenix Northam’s one wish is to follow in the footsteps of his father, a great leader respected by all who knew him…or so his mother tells him.

In 2029, on a Danish island, Lottie is homesick for Lindisfarne; two years earlier, Alex Verlander and the kingpins of the Renova group believe they have escaped the second outbreak of bat fever just in time…

Book 4 of the Project Renova series rebuilds a broken country with no central government or law, where life is dangerous and people can simply disappear…but the post-Fall world is also one of possibility, of freedom and hope for the future.

A recent review for the book..

One of the best things about coming to the end of a captivating novel is finding that there are a further three books already published that carry on with the story that has had you engrossed. Such was the case with Tipping Point. I have now finished reading all four books in the Renova Project series and I’m still reeling with the impact they have had on me.

The concept of a deadly plague wiping out much of humanity is not a new one but Terry Tyler has taken the idea and by golly has she gone to town with this four book series. I cannot praise these books enough. The early pace never lets up and I loved how she took ordinary people and showed how a deadly disease could devastate not only families but communities, cities, countries and eventually plunge the whole planet back into the middle ages. I didn’t think the last book ‘Legacy’ could be any better than the three earlier books but Ms Tyler has wound up the series leaving no loose ends to niggle the reader.

One hundred years after the outbreak of Bat Fever we find how life for the survivors has now panned out. Imagine .. no manufacturing industries, no electricity, no cars, no internet, no shops. Nothing that we all take for granted. This last book explains what life could be like and the terrifying thing is – it could happen. An apocalypse like this is just around the corner. A deadly disease, a rogue asteroid, a nuclear world war. Any major disaster could end life as we know it. Terry Tyler has given us a scenario that doesn’t bear thinking about. What a writer! If I could, I’d give it ten stars.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Legacy-Project-Renova-Book-4-ebook/dp/B07JNC9K6Z

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Project-Renova-Book-4-ebook/dp/B07JNC9K6Z

A selection of other books by Terry Tyler

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

Read more reviews and follow Terry Tyler on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821157.Terry_Tyler

Connect to Terry via her blog: https://terrytyler59.blogspot.ie/

Thanks for dropping in today and if you could share the reviews around that would be great… Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Buy a Book for Christmas -#Historical #WWII – Mary Adler, M.C.V. Egan, Paulette Mahurin and Marina Osipova


Welcome to another post full of books that would make great gifts.. If you are an author in the bookstore and your books have not appeared as yet… fear not… they will be in the next few weeks. My mission is to promote everyone. Today I am featuring some of the historical fiction in the bookstore, and in particular a selection of books set in World War II.

The first author is Mary Adler –  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.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

Mary Adler’s well-crafted book grabbed from the cover image of the black car and red blood, to the first page describing an unconscious, unidentified person. Detective Oliver Stone, an injured/retired World War II soldier, follows clues to find the identify of the missing person, while providing the reader with factual information about the war. Adler’s characters are well developed and the plot twists kept me turning pages. This book is a two-for-one purchase, a riveting mystery and reliable facts. I didn’t want In the Shadow of Blood to end and eagerly await Adler’s next Oliver Stone book.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F2V369K

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadowed-Death-Oliver-Wright-Mystery-ebook/dp/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/

During these devastating years there were a number of mysteries that have still to be solved and one such event took place in 1939. The next book today, The Bridge of Deaths, is by M.C.V. Egan (Catalina Egan) and has a very personal connection to her family.

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On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykobing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland. With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt.

The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust. The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.”

Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions. Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.

One of the reviews for the book

Bridge of Deaths a compelling account of WW2 mystery This is a well-documented, detailed and compelling account of the deaths of five men on the eve of World War 2 and of the individuals driven by personal relationships and past-life regression to find the truth behind their passing. What makes the story especially fascinating is the suggestion that the men, one of whom was a British member of parliament on his way to a mysterious meeting focused on averting war, were deliberately murdered to prevent the MP from attending that meeting. The remaining men, one of whom was a Mexican businessmen and the author’s grandfather, were simply collateral damage. Although I don’t buy into past life regression or the validity of psychics, this book provided convincing arguments for the evidence presented by practitioners of these arts. Egan has done an impressive job of combining extensive archival research and psychic and past-life regression findings to create a fascinating book about the period predating World War 2.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MR8OY1O

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bridge-Deaths-Revised-Story-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00MR8OY1O

Also by M.C.V.Egan

Read all the reviews and BUY the books: https://www.amazon.com/M.C.V.-Egan/e/B0069W9NY2

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M.C.V.-Egan/e/B0069W9NY2

Read more reviews and follow M.C.V Egan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5004249.M_C_V_Egan

61axflh-oml-_ux250_Connect to M.C.V. Egan via her website: http://thebridgeofdeaths.com/

The next book that is set in World War II, and tells the story of a young woman who lives through the hell of a death camp, is The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin

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One of the darkest times in human history was the insane design and execution to rid the world of Jews and “undesirables.” At the hands of the powerful evil madman Adolf Hitler, families were ripped apart and millions were slaughtered. Persecution, torture, devastation, and enduring the unthinkable remained for those who lived.

This is the story of one woman who lived to tell her story. This is a narrative of how a young beautiful teenager, Helen Stein, and her family were torn asunder, ultimately bringing her to Auschwitz. It was there she suffered heinous indignity at the hands of the SS. It was also there, in that death camp, she encountered compassion, selfless acts of kindness, and friendship.

One of the many reviews for the book

There are many eras in history where one stops and thinks: Could I have survived in those days? Had I been born Jewish, lived in Berlin during the rise of Hitler and ended up in Auschwitz is something I have always wondered about. Paulette Mahurin has pretty much convinced me that I would not have. Fortunately, Helen Stein, the book’s main character, did.

Based on a true person, Helen tells her story to a young student nurse to whom she rents a room and who has noticed the damning tattoo on her forearm.

Prior to the war, Helen leads a comfortable enough life, until her father, who works for the German Government, is dismissed, simply for being Jewish. Life becomes more and more difficult. Helen has a friend, though, in the Nazi Youth, Max, who only joins because he is homosexual and feels that this course of action is the best way to hide his ‘frailties’.

When the hatred escalates, Max aids Helen and her brother Ben to escape at great danger to himself and hides them in a derelict farm belonging to his family. For four years they live there in fear that one day they will be discovered. That day arrives and they are transported to Auschwitz.

This a most powerful and compelling novel; the violence is never graphic, but the horror and threat of it as well as the implied violence will remain with the reader long after the last page has been reached. The author has not held back in any way and deals sensitively yet matter-of-factly with the atrocities and the sheer spirit of those who had the will and the almost inhuman strength to survive.

I thoroughly recommend this book, despite its harrowing nature, to anyone interested in this shameful period of human history and are curious to know what it was really like.

Read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Year-Dress-Novel/dp/0988846861/

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seven-Year-Dress-Novel/dp/0988846861/

Also by Paulette Mahurin

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Read all the reviews and BUY the bookshttps://www.amazon.com/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/

Read more reviews and follow Paulette on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5895757.Paulette_Mahurin

Profits from Paulette’s books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Connect to Paulette:https://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/

An last but not least today is  Marina Osipova with her novel of love and war The Cruel Romance.

About The Cruel Romance

October 1941. A small village outside Moscow. Serafima bids farewell to Vitya, a Soviet officer going to the front. With only moments left together, she places a cross around her beloved’s neck and reluctantly releases him into a cruel world where nothing is certain, especially whether she will ever see him again. Days later Germans invade her village and take over her tiny house. Serafima and her mother must comply with orders, endure abuse, and stay put or their village will be annihilated.

As World War II intertwines Serafima’s and Vitya’s life with that of a young German violinist and a Russian intellectual, their destinies are irrevocably altered. Can they rise to the challenge of agonizing moral choices and learn to forgive and love again? Praise The Cruel Romance is a tale of love, violence, and acceptance as Serafima is forced to live with what the Germans left behind.

This compelling story makes for a thrilling read in a setting and time that comes to life, pulling the reader into the vividly drawn, rarely seen world. Elisabeth Amaral, author of When Any Kind of Love Will Do and Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup

One of the recent reviews for the book

Excellent! on September 4, 2018

Have you ever read a book that was so good that you wished there was a movie about it? This is exactly what happened to me after I finished “The Cruel Romance.” The setting was so authentic, the characters so vivid and real, and the atmosphere so haunting and emotionally-charged that I couldn’t help but moan, “I wish I saw this on the big screen” from time to time! The story is set in the Eastern front, where too few historical fiction authors dare to go, unfortunately. Just this fact makes this excellent novel stand out among many of its WW2 peers.

But to me, it was the characters that made me fall in love with the plot – real, authentic, multi-dimensional, with all of their doubts, hopes, sufferings, and their will to go on despite it all. The ending was perfect and left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling after all the devastation that the characters had to go through. Meticulously researched and beautifully presented, “The Cruel Romance” will keep you captivated till the very last page is turned. Highly recommended to all fans of the genre!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

And Amazon UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

Read other reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29457862-the-cruel-romance

Connect to Marina via her website: http://www.marina-osipova.com/

Thank you for visiting today and I hope that you have found some great gift ideas for books this Christmas.. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War by Marina Osipova


Delighted to showcase Marina Osipova and her book The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War and to welcome her to the Cafe and Bookstore.

About the book

October 1941. A small village outside Moscow. Serafima bids farewell to Vitya, a Soviet officer going to the front. With only moments left together, she places a cross around her beloved’s neck and reluctantly releases him into a cruel world where nothing is certain, especially whether she will ever see him again. Days later Germans invade her village and take over her tiny house. Serafima and her mother must comply with orders, endure abuse, and stay put or their village will be annihilated.

As World War II intertwines Serafima’s and Vitya’s life with that of a young German violinist and a Russian intellectual, their destinies are irrevocably altered. Can they rise to the challenge of agonizing moral choices and learn to forgive and love again? Praise The Cruel Romance is a tale of love, violence, and acceptance as Serafima is forced to live with what the Germans left behind.

This compelling story makes for a thrilling read in a setting and time that comes to life, pulling the reader into the vividly drawn, rarely seen world. Elisabeth Amaral, author of When Any Kind of Love Will Do and Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup

One of the most recent reviews for the book on Amazon

Beautifully-written and emotionally-involving By Sophie Masson on March 10, 2018

An absorbing, complex novel about relationships in a time of war and political constraints, The Cruel Romance is beautifully-written and emotionally-involving. Set in Russia during and after the invasion by the Germans in World War 2, it focusses on one young woman’s story in a time when personal fates were at the mercy of vast historical forces as much as individual circumstances. Unflinchingly, yet always with compassion and understanding, it depicts both pain and tenderness, revenge and kindness, sweetness and horror, in its portrayal of Serafima and the three men who each, in very different ways, impact her life forever: Vitya, Werter and Jakob. The historical background is richly-depicted, with a feeling of research lightly-worn, and the character depiction is both believable and moving. And it’s a page-turner too–I read it in one sitting! Highly recommended.

And a review on Goodreads.

Jan 17, 2018 Réal Laplaine rated it Four Stars.

The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War, by Marina Osipova, is an excellently written story that draws the reader through every page of this bitter love story, set in World War II and post-war Russia. It is the dramatic and realistic rendering of one young girl’s journey, through German occupation, to post-war trauma and the fight to find relevance and happiness in life again.

This is a haunting tale, beautifully scripted and laced with wonderfully composed metaphors and descriptive passages that turn an otherwise dark and heinous period of human history, into something that is palatable and at times, even simplistically beautiful. It is an historical fiction, and certainly, provides an insight into what life was like in Russia during the German invasion, and the Stalinistic society that evolved in the aftermath of the war. A gripping, somewhat tragic, and yet, mesmerizing tale of love and war

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

And Amazon UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

Read other reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29457862-the-cruel-romance

About Marina Osipova

I was born in the German Democratic Republic to a military family. I am a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of History and Archives and also graduated from the Moscow Institute for Foreign Languages as a German language interpreter. I worked for a Soviet Governmental Department in the section of International Affairs, then for various German and Austrian firms. Extensive travel to these countries gave me a chance to become intimately familiar with the lands and the people.

In 2001, I immigrated to the United States and eventually made my home in Pawling, NY.
Before publishing The Cruel Romance (Historical Fiction), I have written two other books, The Garden of Weeds and Katyuscha.

My new book, How Dare The Birds Sing, also in the genre of Historical Fiction, is in the early stage of pre-publication.

My next project is related to the occupation of a part of Austria by the Soviet Army in 1945 – 1955 (working title, österreichisches Engelchen und Alescha. Die Okkupationsromanze).

Connect to Marina

Website: http://www.marina-osipova.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marina.osipova.14
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marina-osipova-65b81418/

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the post and Marina’s book far and wide. thanks Sally