Living in Italy: The Real Deal – How to Survive the Good Life (an expat travel guide), by Stef Smulders. (Still 0.99?)
“This really is an entertaining must read if you are serious about moving and purchasing a property in Italy and thoroughly entertaining even if your re not. It is also a story that will have you scratching your head and chuckling along with them on their journey. Not to be missed.” — Esther Friesner, Nebula award-winning author
Reader Views 2016/17 Literary Awards Winner & Eric Hoffer Award Finalist
Ever thought about moving or travel to Italy? Think again. And then do it anyway ;-).
Read about the hilarious and horrendous adventures of two Dutchmen and their dog who took the plunge and nearly drowned. Some Italian food for thought!
“a comical, often downright hilarious account” Reader’s Favorite Review ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
“Smulders’ storytelling artistry is wildly entertaining” Blogcritics/Reader Views ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
“Stef Smulders … does what a good writer does: He writes what he observes and leaves the judgement to you, the reader. No constant bellyaching from Mr. Smulders. I like that. I really like that.” James Martin, Italy expert, wanderingitaly.com
“Fantastico! I am a tough critic and have nothing but kudos for this book. Buy this book!!” Elliana on Amazon
“There is more of the flavor of Italy in this book than in … Frances Mayes’ ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’” Amazon review by Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 100
“now I can add Stef Smulders to the list of my favorite ex-pat authors” N.N. Light
In 2008 Stef Smulders, his partner Nico and their dog Saar emigrated to Italy to start a new life and set up their B&B Villa I Due Padroni. They sold their home, left their friends and family behind and took a leap into the unknown. Now Stef shares his experiences in a collection of witty short stories. The book treats the trials and tribulations of an emigration.
The reader is introduced to a full range of Italian characters, from the trustworthy to the rogue, from the gentle to the shameless, flesh and blood Italians. Some are stereotype, others unexpectedly original. Yet they never fail to amuse and entertain.
“I was hooked after the first couple of lines and couldn’t put the book down until the end.”
“What a fantastic read!” “Hilarious!” “Addicting!” “Recommended!”
280 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 92 reviews.
To Say Goodbye, by Lindsay Detwiler. (Still 0.99?)
“Grab some tissues…you will need them to read Lindsay Detwilder’s To Say Goodbye but it is so worth it. This story is about loss, forgiveness, and the future. The book sucked me right in and I couldn’t wait to continue reading it. The story is well-written, realistic, and just all-around amazing! Detwilder does a superb job writing easy to relate-to, realistic characters. This was an amazing story where the characters heal enough to finally find their happiness.” — Amazon Reviewer
Feisty Sophia never shies away from life. Playful, romantic, connected—her marriage was the thing of fairy tales. But when tragedy strikes, Sophia is left to pick up the pieces of her life.
After leaving the army, Jackson is ready to start afresh. But when he returns home, his life spirals out of control.As Sophia and Jackson find themselves in each other, they start to see redemption is possible.
Trying to piece together a new life, they must answer the question: Should they forge a life together and say goodbye to their pasts completely, or should they loyally go their separate ways to avoid heartache?
268 pages, with a 4;8-star rating from 13 reviews.
A Life By Request: A walk-in soul’s journey from earth to heaven, and back again. A true story of love, life, and the other side., by Carolyn Jaymes. (Still 4.99?)
“An amazing love story that has an ending that most people wouldn’t believe. The book shows the author’s vulnerability and authenticity. I enjoyed reading it and looked forward to knowing how it all would transpire. A must read for those wanting to learn more about the possibilities in the afterlife.
” — Amazon Reviewer
A Life by Request reads like a romance novel: neither the deepest valley nor the highest mountain can keep soul mates Carolyn and Jay apart–not even death. But nothing is fictional about Carolyn Jaymes’s true story of how the love of her life returns to her from the spirit world. She discovers he never actually left her, watching over her as she labors through life, which includes a miserable marriage to Tom.
Carolyn and Jay get a second chance at life and love together when Jay takes over Tom’s body as a walk-in, with Tom’s permission. As Carolyn learns how souls can change places and begins to witness things that can’t be explained, her doubt fades, and she comes to realize that the man who looks like Tom is indeed her Jay–and she’s also blown away that she would be blessed with a second chance at love in such a miraculous way.
A Life by Request is an extraordinary story about the power of love and its ability to transcend any barrier, including the boundary between heaven and earth. If you don’t believe in the spirit world and its connection to this world, you may find yourself thinking twice after reading this book.
250 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 7 reviews.
Black Ops (Expeditionary Force Book 4), by Craig Alanson. (Still 3.99?)
“This series has become one of my favorite military sc-fi reads. The difference between this series and others I’ve read is the humor. There were multiple times that I literally laughed out loud while reading this latest in the series.” — Amazon Reviewer
The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded ‘Not so much’… now they have to deal with the consequences.
673 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 39 reviews.
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