Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – Reviews #Family Christa Polkinhorn, #Shortstories Karen Ingalls, #Sc-fi Sandra J. Jackson

Welcome to the Friday Cafe and Bookstore update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is Christa Polkinhorn for The Italian Sister (The Wine Lover’s Daughter Book 1).

About the book

Standing at her father’s grave in California, Sofia Laverne mourns his untimely death. Henry had not only been a loving parent but Sofia’s best friend and mentor. Imagine her shock and grief when she finds out her father had lived a double-life, that she has a ten-year younger sister and inherited a vineyard in Tuscany. Torn between anger about his betrayal, grief for her loss, and hopeful anticipation, Sofia packs her bags and takes off for Italy to meet fourteen-year old Julietta. Arriving in the small hill town of Vignaverde, she is greeted by olive groves, neat rows of grape vines, and picturesque houses. Some of the inhabitants of this beautiful estate are, unfortunately, less welcoming and resent her intrusion into the family business. Soon, strange occurrences begin to frighten Sofia. When a suspicious accident lands her in the hospital, Sofia fears for her life.

Part family drama, part romantic suspense, THE ITALIAN SISTER takes us on a wild journey from California to Tuscany and provides glimpses into the exciting world of winemaking.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Great vintnerbook!  Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2021

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Christa Polkinhorn

Christa Polkinhorn, Buy: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – follow Christa : Goodreads – blog: Christa Polkinhorn – Twitter: @cpolkinhorn

The next author with a recent review for her collection of short stories is Karen Ingalls for When I Rise: Tales, Truths and Symbolic Trees. 

As always Karen will be donating all proceeds go to ovarian cancer research.

About the collection

When I Rise: Tales, Truths, and Symbolic Trees is a series of twelve short stories inspired by a poem written by Ms. Ingalls’ grandson. Each story (tale) brings to light one or more social or moral issues, the truth is the lesson(s) to be learned, and the symbolism of a tree provides the ways we can learn how to live, grow, change, and die.

A recent review for the collection

Karen K 4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Readings  Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2021

The book is extremely easy to read as each story is short. Reading the stories is time well spent as each one presents a different moral or truth to consider. This book is one that can be read over and over. Keep it within easy reach and open it up any time you need a lift to your spirit.

Head over to read the reviews and buy the book : Amazon US – and: Amazon UK

Also by Karen Ingalls


Karen Ingalls, buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Karen: Goodreads – Blog: Karen Ingalls – Twitter: @KIngallsAuthor

The final author today is Sandra J. Jackson with her post apocalyptic sci-fi suspense story Playing in the Rain  (Escape Series Book 1)

About the book

When the effects of a hypnosis inducing drug fade, April slowly begins a conscious awakening. Memories of her past are unclear and she has no recollection of her identity or her whereabouts.

As the days slip by, April realizes there is more to life than existing when she is introduced to an occupant who does just that—her sister. The more she learns about her environment the more she wants to escape.

Will April remember her past, her sister? Will she have the courage to leave? And if she does, where will she go?

Experience through April’s eyes her struggle to remember and her determination to escape in this sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, suspense story.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Gnomes  5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and interesting page turner!  Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2021

This was a very enjoyable read. It started out shrouded in mystery and worked like an onion. Revealing itself slowly but keeping me intrigued the whole way. The plot is surely unique and engrossing at the same time. I don’t want to give too much away about the story. Part of the joy was being submerged in this world and figuring out the questions along with the character. I very much enjoyed this book. It’s a quick fun sci fi like read for anyone looking for a few hours of enjoyment 🥳

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

Also by Sandra J. Jackson

Read the reviews and buy the book Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Sandra : Goodreads  – blog: Sandra Jackson WordPress – Twitter: @sjjacksonauthor


Thanks for visiting today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.