Welcome to spring….. and there might be a hint of colour in the garden, as daffodils push their way to the surface, but there is plenty of colour on the shelves of the bookstore that I thought I would share with you over the next week.
If you are looking for you next book to read then look no further than these talented authors and over 600 books currently on the shelves.
Instead of the usual Cafe and Bookstore updates on Friday and Monday.. I will be featuring a number of authors each day with their updated reviews.
I will give you their listing which also includes a link to buy the books but also discover others that they have written but are not listed. You will also find a link to their website or blog to find out more information, and as you can imagine… they write great posts too.
Here is the next ten featured authors from the Cafe and Bookstore with their recent reviews.
Effrosyni Moschoudi, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Effrosyni-Moschoudi/e/B00I5JKMXS
Website & Blog: http://www.effrosyniwrites.com
To view all of Effrosyni’s books please visit her Amazon page.
Two stories seemingly unrelated, one in 1980’s Greece, the other begins in 1937 Brighton England. Can they be related? The author weaves her tale with such vivid descriptions, particularly of Greece, you can almost feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and smell all the spices released from the cooking in the kitchens. The West Pier in Brighton plays a part, in summer and winter. Love is the theme. Two couples, close friends, in each time period. One couple seems fine, but the other couple have a hard time getting together. As book number one ends, things are looking much better for all, yet a hint of future trouble looms. The story will continue with book number two and how the events of 1937-38 may or may not be repeated in the 1980’s. Very well written, especially of the teen-age girls. I look forward to reading the next in this series.
To view all of John Nicholl’s books please visit Amazon or his blog.
One of the recent reviews for A Cold Cold Heart
Meet the suave and debonair Charles Turner. A gentleman and solicitor of impeccable manners who has a fondness for pretty young ladies. He wines them, he dines them, he surrounds them with his wealth and musical taste and introduces them to his large detached residence in the country. There is just one problem with Mr C he is partial to erotic asphyxiation, enjoys the thrill of strangulation, and has a fixation with his dear departed mother her elegant party dresses and the smell of her lavender perfume. DI Gravel is having a bad day with a serial killer on the loose, the body count mounting, and his only daughter Emily about to step into the jaws of a crocodile when she accepts a job at a respectable local firm of solicitors Harrison and Turner.
I really enjoyed this book and unusual in the fact that the reader knows very quickly who the killer is. There are some well defined characters namely DI Gravel and his unhealthy life choices, his very able assistant Detective Sergeant Laura Kesey and a dangerous predator who will stop at nothing to feed his depraved sexual lust. Many thanks to netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written. I will certainly be reading more by John Nicholl as I enjoy his witty and fast flowing prose
Jessica Norrie, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jessica-Norrie/e/B01CEUZF26
An extract from a recent review for the book
Well-written and acutely observed on 14 December 2017
Jessica Norrie’s novel, set on a sun-drenched island somewhere in the Mediterranean, examines the personalities and pitfalls encountered on the sort of package holiday that offers holistic life-skills and self-improvement courses. While practising yoga and suchlike activities, guests at the Serendipity resort, together with staff and, from time to time, local villagers, confront social, personal and philosophical challenges.Norrie has a confident narrative voice and a shrewd and sympathetic view of human nature, which makes her account of the goings-on at Serendipity entertaining as well as thought-provoking.
The central character is absent for much of the book: this means that the reader builds up a picture of him through the thoughts and observations of other characters, like a photographic negative – he is defined by his impact on others. When he re-emerges in his own right, his condition is so altered that we learn about other people from their decidedly contrasting (and sometimes unattractive) reactions.
Please visit Amazon or Olga’s blog to view all her books.
One of the recent reviews for 20 Things I’ve Learned from my Patients.
This is a truly heart-warming, but also sly book: I can’t count the times that I smiled while reading these little jewels of insight, empathy and compassion, but regularly I also frowned on moments in which it felt like if a mirror was held before me, reflecting things about myself I would rather forget (and in fact had forgotten). Mrs Miret’s observations are never intrusive or preachy, but they can be quite confronting now and then, but in a friendly way, and rendered in a softly flowing style. Yes, a little compassionate sugar does help to get the medicine down….Nice work, Mrs. Miret, it is my firm intention not to forget your pearls of wisdom….By the way, I’m a Fleming, and we Fleming pride ourselves in our ability to learn foreign languages. Having the Spanish translation alongside the English text has definitely improved my Spanish, and, yes, that is such a nicely flowing, rich sounding language.
A recent review for A Roman Death
I chose the book because I’m a whodunnit fan. But the author has obviously researched ancient Rome thoroughly, and I came to trust what she was saying. So, although it’s a good whodunnit, that became secondary to the interesting way the Romans operated. It’s a pleasure to recommend.
A recent review for the collection
A book for dipping into, allowing time to reflect on each thought-provoking story. Touching and sensitive in the telling, the author takes the reader through nostalgic memories, inspiring a range of emotions. A lovely read.
A recent review Echoes Beneath
Echoes Beneath was a startling portrayal of love, violence, abuse and entrapment. Lacey comes from a dysfunctional family. Her mother is mentally disturbed and has abused her and her sister for years. She finally escapes her mother’s clutches and moves away to Oregon to attend college and begin anew.
What Lacey doesn’t realize is that victim is stamped all over her. Another abusive relationship is about to begin when she meets the handsome and popular football star. Lacey once again is trapped like an animal.
This story gripped my heart and wouldn’t let go. I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. The only problem was that it ended abruptly and promised to continue in book 3. Well, I guess I will be buying it just to find out what happened to poor Lacey. I’d prefer if the author didn’t do it that way but at least provide an ending that wasn’t so abrupt and left the reader hanging.
The author did a believable job of portraying an abusive relationship. It was a frightening thing to read about. I pray that others who are in such a relationship will seek help and get away before they lose their lives. No one deserves to be treated that way.
An extract from a recent review for Wisp
Colleen M. Chesebro rated it 5 Stars
Meet Wisp, a law enforcer in the land of Edra, where magic is encouraged to flourish and is often needed for sheer survival. A mages council rules Edra compared to the neighboring area of Finah, who prefers humans to control their resources. After a bloody civil war, many years ago, the two lands exist beside each other in a fragile peace.
Wisp is a marsh fairy (YES! Can you believe it?) with raven hair and pointy ears pierced with silver earrings. Marsh fairies are rare and possess special powers. Wisp keeps his real identity under wraps, known only to his superiors. Abandoned as a child, the “Senior” Law enforcement officer raised him ensuring his survival.
In a desolate area filled with putrefying rubbish, Wisp comes across the body of a High Elf, a member of the Thorns, who was a high-ranking council member found murdered in the circle. The elf’s throat had been brutally cut. Wisp sets out to solve the murder not realizing he is to play an integral part in solving the mystery.
Frank Parker, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frank-Parker/e/B0076JVE5I
An extract from a recent review for A Purgatory of Misery
This is a deeply researched and well-written book. I was expecting it to focus almost entirely on the famine years. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it covers much broader topics which help to put the famine into historical, political, social, economic and religious perspective. Indeed, a full eight chapters are devoted to “setting the scene”. There’s even a fascinating chapter on nutrition and mental development.
The actual famine is broken down into four chapters as the crisis begins, develops, peaks and then wanes. At the end is an interesting summary giving the author’s personal view on the disaster, and on the continuing presence of famine in the world today.
A Purgatory of Misery is worthy of attention for anyone interested in European history. It gives a broad sweep of history, from way before the famine up to and then beyond those famine years. And it presents what seems to me to be a well-balanced account that does not take sides or inappropriately point the finger of blame.
A full review including an interview with the author is on thebookowl.com
A review for the book
Exciting story that has wonderful historical facts while continuing to give you the flavour of true Cretan life that is still in evidence in villages today.
A story of courage and true conviction that reminds you of the important things in life such as love, friendship and honour.
I really enjoyed this book and I am sure anyone would enjoy it who is interested in Crete or is looking for a beach read.
Hope there is more to come from this author.
Thank you for dropping in today… Sally