Looking For Stars
The Little Italian Hotel by Phaedra Patrick is the most delightful contemporary novel that will warm your heart and make you smile.
The little Italian hotel is a place where strangers go to heal and leave as friends. It is a place to rediscover the little things that make you smile and bring you joy. And it is a place where friends encourage each other to face their darkest hurts.
Everyone has things that hurt us – from bereavement to illness to relationship breakdowns. Everyone experiences pain differently and everyone heals differently.
We meet a group of five strangers plus the two who run the hotel. The pain of loss is tangible. “Without Daisy in her life, Edna’s loneliness felt like an unwelcome house guest that wouldn’t leave.” Loss consumes, threatening to drag us down into the depths. We need to find a reason to smile again. “Losing her was like an eclipse of the sun.” The days feel so dark. We need others to help to lift us up. Sometimes we just need someone to sit in the silence beside us.
The Secrets Of Sunshine by Phaedra Patrick is the most delightful contemporary novel that will warm your heart and soul, making you feel good about life.
Phaedra Patrick always creates such wonderful storylines and characters. It’s just like sinking down into your favourite chair.
The novel is a celebration of love. There are those who have loved and lost, and life is painful at times but life is for living. “You try to function as normal, then you feel guilty when you have good times.” Survivor’s guilt weighs heavy but we should not feel guilty for living again.
The Day The Stories Died
The Library Of Lost And Found by Phaedra Patrick is the most
beautifully written novel that will make you smile and ignite your heart.
The book is mainly set in the
present day with a few forages into the 1970’s. It is a story about
relationships and family. Family dynamics may be complicated but there are
unbreakable bonds formed.
A relationship between a grandmother
and her granddaughter is truly beautiful. Under love and care, a new life
blossoms. They bring out the best in each other as they are united by their
love of stories. Within the tale there are references to books as well as
beautifully written unique tales that explain how a child is feeling when words
cannot be spoken aloud.
The main character has a huge
heart that just cannot say ‘no.’
People seem to put upon her even though she is loved. She seems to be under
appreciated except by a very few. She needs to find her voice.