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While Lilian Darcy is an accomplished Romance author, “Café du Jour” is not a romance. It’s a serious introspective journey of self-discovery and self-actualization. No compromises are made to sweeten the reality of this story. Everything is just right out there in front of the reader. There are no genre constraints or expectations in "Cafe du Jour" -- just raw writing power.
“Café du Jour” does something bold and unique with the first person POV: it lets the reader become another person. This is very different in kind than vicariously ‘being there’ when the POV character is a fireman climbing a ladder to rescue a child. While the reader might feel what it is like to be a fireman in that situation, the reader will not really know much of what it would be like to actually be that fireman.
In “Café du Jour” the journey is mostly internal. The action happens in the consciousness of the main character. The outside world is important, as there is a story to follow, but the big difference in this novel happens when the reader becomes the POV character -- as a person. “Café du Jour” opens the mind of the POV character and lets the reader think her thoughts.
If the reader’s internal dialogue is the same as the POV character’s internal dialogue, then for that moment, there is an identity. The reader is not that person doing ‘x’, the reader is that person being that person. (I know this is a difficult concept but this awareness of being someone else by virtue of thinking their thought, will be forced upon you when you read this book. You just have to read it and experience it.)
What Could be so Interesting as to Keep a Reader Inside Someone Else’s Mind for Hours on End?
Before I read “Café du Jour”, I would have probably said, “nothing.” It was only after I was totally captivated by the POV character, Susie, that I became eager to spend time in her mind.
Here is what the heroine thinks of Jody:
Susie, the heroine, is a European trained chef now living at home in Australia. She is a chef in a resultant where the owner is exploiting her. Her live-in boyfriend, Jody, travels around the world being a ski instructor in the winter and doing odd jobs at other times. He also seems to be exploiting Susie and perhaps everyone else he deals with.
Karen is Susie’s sister who is in the hospital after a terrible disfiguring accident which may have left her mentally challenged. Susie is under great stress. She may be at the moment of maximum personal crises in her young life. All this makes for compelling reading.
Given the very personal nature of the first person POV, the impact of this emotional turmoil is almost overwhelming. In a way, “Café du Jour” is a learning experience that may well leave the reader a different person.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
“The great masters make the difficult look easy.”
“Oklahoma Reunion” is easy to read, easy to like and hard to put down! Everything reads so naturally that the story just seems to happen before your eyes. The romance between Ryan and Kait appears as wistfully as if it was always there to be seen.
|Green Country, Oklahoma|
The story takes place in and near Tulsa where I’ve lived since 1971. I know Tulsa and I can verify that the characters in "Oklahoma Reunion" act and talk like the people I know. Ryan and Kait even dine at the same restaurants that I frequent. (Reading this romance might make you hungry.) The street views, the weather and the vegetation are just as I experience them everyday. Everything is so familiar it's almost like not reading at all. It's like having a friend in your home.
It’s a Different Reading Experience
"Oklahoma Reunion" is a very rich story. The naturalness of the narrative is found in much more than simply getting the location accurate. The characters act as I would expect real people in the real world to act but not necessarily as I am used to seeing characters in a 'hidden child' romance behave.
‘Hidden Child’ with a Difference
|Favorite Ice Cream Stop|
Faith in Action: An Inspiration
|Pizza Means Ryan is Serious|
The characters in “Oklahoma Reunion” are interesting, worthy, and exceptional. Each has enough depth to act naturally, that is, to act as real people would act and not as one would expect stereotypical ‘hidden child’ theme characters to act. If you are an experienced romance reader, you will notice the difference right away.
A Forever Love
Ryan has always loved Kait and the fact of their daughter, Jenna, doesn’t change that reality. Kait has also never stopped loving Ryan. So here you have it: Kait loves Ryan. Ryan loves Kait. They have a daughter in common that they both love. So how much conflict could there really be here?
So What Makes “Oklahoma Reunion” Such a Page-Turner?
The story is so compelling because of its freshness. The characters are interesting and they do interesting things. You care about all the characters and want to learn what happens next. There is always something you want to know coming up on the next page. You have to wonder:
“Why did this person show up at the door at this time?”
“What's the hero’s mother going to do when she meets her granddaughter?”
“How is everything going to work out now that everything is out?”
|A bookstore in the book.|
Kait Field and Ryan Jones were an item in high school. Kait won a four-year scholarship to OSU. Ryan wanted to go to the OSU veternairan school. Everything was going fine. However, Ryan’s parents were against the marriage and they paid Kait off to move out of town. Kait was pregnant at the time and Ryan didn't know this. He was not told he had a daughter.
Eight years later, Kait comes back to Oklahoma from her new home in Philadelphia to sell her father’s house soon after the father’s death. Since she will be taking care of years of 'loose ends', she decides to tell Ryan about his daughter while she is in Oklahoma.
What happens after Ryan finds out about his daughter? That's quite a story. A story that is sure to make you feel good right to the last page. It's a natural.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
While on an out-of-town business trip, the hero, John, is surprised to see his ex-girl friend, the heroine, Mary, sitting in a Starbucks with a one year old child.
“Mary is that you?”
“John, what are you doing in Omaha?”
“Business, what else? So did you move here?”
“Yes, my folks live in Bellevue.”
“Is that you’re sister’s child?”
“Yours? Have you married? I didn’t hear anything about it.”
“I never married his father. He wasn’t worth it.”
“You always were hard to please. But I must say he is one handsome little devil.”
“He ought to be. His daddy is one big handsome devil.”
“I’m sorry to hear that Mary.”
“That ain’t the half of it.”
A young woman approaches the table. “Mary, Mary, I’m sorry to be so late.” The woman looks at the baby and then at John. “Oh my, you must be the father!”
“Am I Mary?”
“Of course you are, you idiot.”
“I better be going,” the young woman leaves the store.
“So you weren’t going to tell me?”
“I can raise this baby myself. I don’t need a man and I sure don’t need you. Just stay out of our lives and I’ll be happy.”
“No buts. I’m an independent woman with a great job and I don’t need any help from you. So don’t feel obligated to us. And don’t make a pathetic offer to marry me just to do the honorable thing.”
“Mary, I don’t know what to say except I really admire your independent attitude. You’re going to make a great role model and mother.”
“I’m going to do my very best.”
“Honestly, I’m very impressed with you. Can I ask one favor of you?”
“Well, I’ve always wanted two children. Do you think we could try for a daughter while I’m here in town? Same terms, of course.”
“With more free books becoming available than anyone could possibly read in a lifetime, a new rationale will be needed to get people to buy books. People will need a reason to have read the book beyond any enjoyment reading the book can provide.”
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Mary, the heroine, is a widow. Her son, Billy, is 9 years old. John, the hero, is a professional baseball player.
“You want to have a catch, Billy?”
“It won’t work.”
“What won’t work?”
“You…trying to bond with me. I don’t need a daddy. I’m giving you the 'take sign' on that daddy business.”
“Hold on buddy, before you start heading for the clubhouse, that’s a mighty big leap from asking you to have a catch to me marrying your mother. That’s like stealing home from second base.”
“In that case, just consider me the cutoff man. I’m going to hold you on first to stop you from getting into scoring position.”
“You sure sound older than your age. Are you sure you’re in Little League?”
“Is that fair to your mother?”
“Life’s not fair or my daddy wouldn’t be dead. Beside it’s a lot fairer than you think. I won’t divorce my mom, I won’t run off and leave her and I won’t abuse her. I’m a better deal than a husband.”
“But your mother loves me.”
“You've got hormones going for you. I've got heredity. I’d say I’d win this game.”
“Boy, you’re a hard kid. I bet you got one mean brush-back pitch. Tell me, do you just not like me? I could get you into the Cardinal games. You could meet all the guys.”
“I don’t particularly admire men who play a kid’s game for a living.”
“Hey, boy, I make more money than ten typical daddies.”
“Until you throw your arm out. Then you’ll be selling used cars on tv like that other ball player.”
“Ted makes a good living selling those cars.”
“Good, maybe he can give you a job when the time comes.”
“Well, Billy, I can see I’m not going to have any luck winning you over now am I?”
“About as much chance as pitching a perfect game.”
“I have a no-hitter, you know. I could pitch a perfect game one of these days.”
“Come back when you do.”
“Why couldn’t you have been an adorable little kid in desperate need of a daddy who loves playing the matchmaker?”
“It has to do with conflict. Have you ever heard of a black moment?”
“Like when you balk with a man on third in the bottom of the night with the score tied?”
“That will do.”
“Well, what about it?”
"Consider me a ‘black eternity’."
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The heroine, Mary, is about to have a serious talk with the hero, John. She needs to do this before they get too involved.
“I think it's time for us to stop seeing each other.”
“What’s the problem? I thought we were getting on quite well.”
“It's as simple as this John, I could never marry an unbeliever.”
“But I am a believer. I just don’t believe the same things you do.”
“I must say this, Mary, you’re right about one thing where I am a total unbeliever.”
“And what’s that?”
“I don’t believe I’ve ever asked you to marry me and I don’t believe that I ever will.”