Tuesday, June 1, 2010

THE KISSING ROOM: A Little Irish Grit in a Powerfully Moving Story






The Kissing Room by Cheryl Anne Gardner, ISBN: 1411648846, The Author's Web Site At this LINK.  Purchase at Amazon.com Kindle and Paperback. 

So what if The Kissing Room’s star is a little “astray in the head”; Irish euphemisms only add to this stunning story’s appeal. Set in a pub in Ireland, Meryl O’Byrne tends her deceased father’s business with spit, grit and wit. Although she is haunted by the suicidal death of her beloved husband Jon, she muddles through with thoughts rampant and barely controlled as they gallop past her consciousness like wild horses. When Meryl meets an intriguing stranger named Lain, she slowly learns to release the past and begin anew—shrugging off her demons at the same time.

All of this makes her the most believable character I’ve read in a long time. Told in First Person, author Cheryl Anne Gardner expertly gives us a glimpse into the mind of a widow who sees and reacts to the world with her very last ounce of passion. The reader is invited onto a roller coaster ride of delicious descriptive settings and masterfully done character development.

Gardner is a superb storyteller and you won’t regret giving her a try.

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