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The Second Cup by Sarah Marie Graye

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The Second Cup is a contemporary women’s fiction novel by Sarah Marie Graye.

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Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Theirs did.

University was years ago, but Faye’s heart still belongs to her first love from her days as a student. She knows Jack might have moved on, but when she decides to try and track him down nothing prepares her for the news that he’s killed himself.

With the fragility of life staring them in the face, Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage and Faye her friendship with Ethan. And poor Olivia is questioning everything – including why Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest. Is she about to take her own life too?

The Second Cup is the first novel by London South Bank University postgraduate scholarship holder Sarah Marie Graye.



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Author Sarah Marie Graye pictureYou’ve killed yourself in your dreams.And now someone else has committed suicide in the same way. Only they’ve done it in real life.

Beth shouldn’t be falling apart; it’s Faye’s true love who has killed himself, not hers. But the way Jack died is filling her head with noise. Will Jack’s actions push her over the edge? And what about Faye? Is Ethan the reason she’s coping? And is she really coping – on the inside? Why does Abbie need to walk away at the moment Beth needs her the most? And is the usually timid Olivia strong enough to support them all?

The Second Cup follows the lives of four friends as they each struggle to come to terms with Jack’s suicide.

(Sarah Marie Graye, August 2017)

Our Review

I rarely read women’s fiction and I felt somewhat apprehensive before I started reading the book, but after a couple of chapters I couldn’t put it down – the story is that enthralling.

Sarah Marie Graye has crafted very interesting characters; you have these four friends: Faye, Beth, Olivia and Abbie. They are very believable characters masterly fleshed out by the author. They have their quirks, early life traumas to cope with – their own marked personalities that sometimes clash with each other but they overcome all problems and stick together helping one another no matter what – what real friendship is about and these days this is getting rarer and rarer! This novel won’t leave you indifferent it will make you think about life, death, relationships and all that surrounds you. It certainly did that for me, during the day I found myself thinking about Faye, her friends and their dilemmas!

I like the way Sarah has put the novel together, from each chapter we get a different character POV and this is one of the reasons I find the novel so interesting because you can go into the mind of the different characters we then we can appreciate how good the author is at weaving all the story together.

The plot is centered around Faye and a lost love, she suffered greatly with this loss and she never completely overcomes it and one day after an incident she decides to look for that man and see how’s he doing…

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Fire & Water by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

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Fire & Water – A Novel by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder.

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Only in the glaring light of hindsight does pediatric surgeon Kate Murphy understand that she was groomed for the path she’s taken. Raised by a widowed dad and a misshapen, sometimes comical trio of parental surrogates from Murphy’s Pub, her father’s Irish bar in San Francisco, Kate has never understood how protected she is—but when she learns that her well-meaning family has hidden bitter truths about her mother’s mental illness and death, the rest of her family history unravels.

Kate is still recovering from her family’s deception when she becomes involved with Jake Bloom—a charming artist different than anyone she’s ever known. When she experiences his sculptures on Ocean Beach, she is forever changed; in the months that follow, Jake reveals beauty Kate has never noticed, and exposes her to spontaneity, sensuality, and love deeper than she’d imagined it could be.

Only Mary K—Kate’s hard-edged best friend who doesn’t miss a thing and names bull when she sees it—is immune to Jake’s charms. She sees the potential for danger in Jake, and, of course, she says so. Caught between her newfound passion and her friendship, Kate dismisses her friend’s warnings. Ultimately, it isn’t until she is in too deep, with a daughter on the way, that Kate understands what Mary K feared on her behalf.

Fire & Water is a story of navigating the treacherous territory of passionate love, friendship, and family devotion—and of how love is always a matter of life and death.



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author betsy Graziani Fasbinder picture_Katherine Murphy is book smart, an accomplished pediatric surgeon at UCSF Medical center. But her patchwork family and her bookish nature sheltered her from the harsh truths of the world and hid family secrets from her, leaving her ill-equipped for the treacherous territory of passionate love. She meets and falls for Jake Bloom and is in too deep before she realizes that in addition to his brilliance, his passion, and his devotion Jake is also a broken person, a person who proves dangerous to himself and those who love him. Fire & Water is the story of navigating marriage, motherhood, family secrets, and friendship with love as a guiding light. It is the story of how love is always a matter of life and death and how family is far more than blood.

(Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, July 2017)

 

 

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Red Days by M L Sparrow

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Red Days is a contemporary fiction novel based on true events by M L Sparrow.

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2017: 235 taken into captivity, 570 slaughtered.

Keiko never set out to be an activist, but when she’s sent on an assignment to Taiji, Japan, the ball is set in motion. Reporting on the brutal yearly slaughter of hundreds of dolphins alters her life.

Over the course of ten years Keiko follows the highs and lows of the campaign to stop the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and attempts to bring change through her articles. Will her efforts and that of many others be enough?

*Though fictional, Red Days is based on a series of true events up until January 2017*




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Author M L Sparrow pictureRed Days is a work of fiction, however, it was based on a time-line of true events, which meant I had to do a lot of research whilst writing. A list of the resources I found most useful can be found at the back of the book, but here are two that are good to check out if you’re interested in the subject of the Taiji dolphin slaughter and the fight to stop it.

The first step would be, of course, the watch The Cove; this award winning documentary was what first drew my attention to what was happening in Taiji and inspired me to write Red Days.This page on the Dolphin Project website is also a great source to answer most of the basic questions – https://dolphinproject.net/campaigns/save-japan-dolphins/frequently-asked-questions/ .

There are so many sites you can check out and they’re all just a Google search away… or you could read Red Days!

(M L Sparrow, May 2017)

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