Book Review-The Enchanted Garden Cafe (South Side Stories Book 1) -Abigail Drake | Miki's Hope

Book Review-The Enchanted Garden Cafe (South Side Stories Book 1) -Abigail Drake

Friday, May 11, 2018

Fiona has her hands full with her flighty Mom and various neighbors. She seems to be the only one who is "normal"--of course her idea of normal does not coincide with any of the others in this section of town! She worries about bills, knows exactly what she wants in a husband--and she is actually dating the perfect specimen. Then a musician comes to town to sub for the guy they have playing in their cafe. Gorgeous--but no "real" job? Nope--not for Fiona.

Meanwhile a large conglomerate is trying to buy up all the trendy little shops on the blocks--------to build a parking garage---

Poor Fiona is being forced to have her cards read--have Riki performed on her--and try to ignore that hunk.

A down and out professor is attacked at the Garden Cafe---Fiona is bound and determined to find out who did it--

So who is the good guy and who the bad guy---and do they keep that parking lot from being built?

Oh did I mention that Fiona is a marvelous baker? A few of the recipes are at the back of the book.

About the Book: (from Amazon)

For her sixth birthday, Fiona Campbell’s mother, Claire, made her a peace sign piñata filled with wishes for a better planet instead of candy. When she got her period, her mother held a womanhood ceremony at their café and invited the neighborhood. On her sixteenth birthday, they celebrated with a drum circle.

Fiona grew up trying to keep the impulsive Claire in check, and their struggling café afloat. She plans to move out, but first must find a way to stop a big corporation from tearing down their business and destroying her mother’s livelihood.

Claire thinks karma will solve their financial and legal problems. Fiona prefers a spreadsheet and a solid business plan. The last thing she has time for is Matthew Monroe, a handsome complication who walks through their door with a guitar on his back and a naughty gleam in his eye. But when disaster strikes, and Fiona’s forced to turn to him for help, will she learn to open her heart and find she can believe in something magical after all?

Read a Chapter or Two Here

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

Award winning author Abigail Drake has spent her life traveling the world, and collecting stories wherever she visited. She majored in Japanese and International Economics in college and worked in import/export and as an ESL teacher before she committed herself full time to writing. She writes in several romance genres, and her books are quirky, light, fun, and sexy. Abigail is a trekkie, a book hoarder, the master of the Nespresso machine, a red wine addict, and the mother of three boys (probably the main reason for her red wine addiction). A puppy named Capone is the most recent addition to her family, and she blogs about him as a way of maintaining what little sanity she has left.

Abigail, who also writes young adult fiction under the name Wende Dikec, is the winner of the prestigious 2017 Prism Award for her book Traveller, and the International Digital Award for her young adult book, Tiger Lily. In addition, she was a finalist in the Golden Pen, the Golden Leaf, the Dante Rossetti Book Award, and the Cygnus Award for Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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Gladys Parker said...

This sounds like a fun interesting read. Clair sounds like way more of a quack than me, at least my kids had birthday parties instead of womanhood ceremonies (with neighbors now embarrassing.) Sounds like Fiona is just playing life safe the opposite of her mother. I love the architecture of the building on the front so no parking lot and Fiona may fall for the guitar player but you can't live on music.

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