Delighted to welcome Rebecca Bryn to the Cafe and Bookstore with her new release, The Dandelion Clock, on pre-order for September 5th.
About the Dandelion Clock
Bill, a farm boy brought up in a village on the Duke of Buccleuch’s Northamptonshire estate, is plucking up his courage to ask his sweetheart, Florrie, to marry him. Florrie has given up her dream of being a dancer to bring up her siblings and protect them from their violent, sexually abusive widowed father. For her, marriage to Bill is love, escape, and protection: a dream to be clung to.
When war breaks out in August 1914, Bill and Florrie’s dreams are dashed – Bill is sent with the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars, a yeomanry cavalry regiment, to fight in Gallipoli, Egypt, and Palestine taking with him a horse, Copper, volunteered for service by the 7th duke’s young daughter, Lady Alice. Bill makes promises before…
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This book was written for everyone, but very much with my “cover girl” Maria in mind, so it’s suitable for YA. Divine Zape was one of my Readers’ Favorite reviewers, and she liked it.
When trouble starts, it multiplies and escalates quickly. It all begins on a Monday in October when Richard’s dog barks, alerting him to the presence of an intruder on his property. The next blow comes when he learns that he’s been laid off. Now jobless, as though he didn’t already have enough to worry over, his fiancée publicly returns the ring to him while his ex-wife abandons a young girl, supposedly his, at his door. Now Richard has to sort out a variety of problems: find a source of income, provide the parenting the girl needs, and can he find a woman to stand by him? Three Against the World: A Waif, a Stray, and the Search for Romance by Sarah Stuart is a good read for fans of contemporary romance, a love story that examines family and a man’s quest to find his balance in the midst of challenges.
This is a good read and the author did a great job on character development and conflict. The conflict starts at the beginning of the narrative when Richard’s life is about to fall apart, and from then on, the reader follows a man in search of himself and meaning. The narrative is realistic and the plot well-handled. The author has the gift of creating vivid images and focusing on the emotional aspects of the story. Some of the descriptions are terrific like the one in the second paragraph: “The nerve… a dog barking loud enough to rouse a corpse, and somebody was calmly helping himself as if he was shopping in a supermarket.” The entire narrative is gorgeous and atmospheric, the prose elegant and arresting.