Saturday, 26 July 2014

Book Review: COFFEE AT LITTLE ANGELS BY NADINE ROSE LARTER


My Thoughts on this touching story set in South Africa......

COFFEE AT LITTLE ANGELS

BY

NADINE ROSE LARTER



Published ~~ 26 May 2011
Publisher ~~ The Katalina Playroom
Pages ~~ 188 (ebook)


Synopsis:

What do you do when you lose a childhood friend? What do you do when you know everyone is expecting you to come home? What do you do if you don't want to?

Phillip, Sarah, Kaitlyn, Caleb, Maxine, Grant, Melanie and Josh grew up in a small town where they spent their high school years together as an inseparable clique. But high school has ended, and they are all living their own “grown up” lives, each under the impression that their group has basically come to an end. When Phillip dies in a hit and run accident, Kaitlyn summons the others to all come back home, forcing a reunion that no one is particularly interested in partaking in.



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Coffee at Little Angels has been on my eReader for several years now, I'm not really sure why I kept passing it over to read other books, I think I thought it would be a little morbid and I was never really in the mood for it.

But I'm pleased to say that, now having finished it, my negative thoughts are now all very positive.

From the first shocking sentence till the end I was engrossed in following how each character deals with their friend's sudden death.  All best friends at High School, they hadn't all been together since they left and most of them did not want to meet up again after almost ten years apart, and we gradually learn why.  

Past love affairs, disagreements, dislikes are brought to the surface again by the twisted triangle of angst-riddled friends.

The writing was skilful and clever, sad in parts, funny in others,  poignant and moving.  The characters were brought to life and were very distinct from each other in their voices, I felt as if I really got to know them.

An impresssive debut from Nadine Rose Larter who can be found on twitter @Queen_Nayes  ~~ her website


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About the Author


My name is Nadine Rose Larter and I was born in a small South African town called Molteno,
somewhere in the heart of the Karoo. After my last year of high school I moved with my family to the
city of Port Elizabeth where I now live with my son, my fiancĂ©, and my two step children. I’m a bit
of a free-spirit and have never been happy having a “day job”. I spend my days writing, or thinking
about writing. Sometimes I do a bit of work.

I have always been a writer. I started writing poems and short stories when I was little, and I have
intermittently kept diaries since I was about nine years old. In the last two years I have started
taking my writing more seriously and have made the decision to become a full-time author. I have
no formal education, aside from a year of Literature and Creative Writing study, but I am constantly
trying to grow as a writer. Sometimes being a wife and mom makes fitting it all in a little tough but I
am learning how to juggle it all slowly.

I chose to self publish simply because it feels like taking my future into my own hands and running
with it. There are no excuses when it is just you. The self-accountability can be thrilling sometimes.
Being ready and then actually being able to move forward instead of waiting to hear from publishers
has been a special kind of blessing. I am not closed to the idea of having a publisher, I am just ready
to go on without one for now.

I write regularly on these four websites:

Passing the Open Windows

http://www.passingtheopenwindows.co.za/

The Katalina Playroom

http://katalina.co.za/

The Poetry Project

http://www.thepoetryproject.co.za/

The Writers Club

http://www.thewritersclub.co.za/

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Source:  Thanks to the author for sending me an ebook copy

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