Love can blossom in the most unlikely of places, as Ava learns when she volunteers at a soup kitchen in Cork city, on Christmas Day, much to the disgust of husband, Richard. He has differing opinions to Ava on the subject of homelessness. So, feeling angry and rejected, he makes his own plans for Christmas morning.
The Book Nook is a home from home for the regulars. They enjoy nothing better than curling up with a good read and a bite to eat from Serena’s home-made, vegetarian menu. But it’s more than the warm and friendly ambience that draws people in. There’s magic in the air, and Serena doesn’t miss an opportunity to refer to her spell book in a bid to fix a problem or two. But it seems she’s the only one who has faith in the power of magic. Time will tell.
A phone call out of the blue threatens to unearth secrets from the past and shatter everything that matters in Brian’s life. Backed into a corner he reacts the only way he knows how. His rash decision could break bonds with a very special stranger before they’ve even been made. Will he ever get an opportunity to build bridges?
About the author
I live in County Cork, Ireland, but I’m originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. I write novels, novellas, short stories and flash fiction in the genre of women’s fiction, however I feel male readers would also enjoy some of my work. I like to inject love, laughter, tears and a hint of dark humour into my stories. Soup, and my other e books: No Place Like Home, Planet Poultry Where Dreams Come True, and Angel of The Willows are available on Amazon and other sites. I have a new title due out soon: A Little Bit of Me and Other Scribbles is my second collection. My books are suitable for people aged 18 and over.
Serena and Ava have their own reasons for loving The Book Nook, the tiny workshop/café that provides a library in the form of a book exchange to customers, grateful for it in the small town a bus journey from Cork in Ireland. For Serena it’s her retreat from tragedy, the mysterious disappearance of the man whose child she miscarried and, one blustery autumn morning, a man she sees when she walks her dog on the beach, who apparently walks into the icy sea to his death. Her friend Ava visits often, escaping her city life with domineering husband, Richard, who insists on being the bread-winner and expects her to do nothing but wait on him, when her desire is to help those in need.These two characters, and many others, are brilliantly drawn, and the story gripping, but there is much more to this book than appears at first. A girl whose father vanished from her life a year previously asks Serena to display a photograph of him. Serena does so, but tells Ava she will cast a spell to bring the girl luck with her quest. Is Serena really a white witch, or slightly insane with grief? If she does have magic powers, can she use them to find her own lost love? Can she help Ava to find true happiness and if she does try, will it be as a normal friend or… read “Soup” and see, but do read it.
This was the first book I have read of Angela’s, and I look forward to starting the next.