Wednesday, March 27, 2019


Title: Tomorrow There Will Be Sun
Author: Dana Reinhardt
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Pages: 288
My GoodReads Rating: ⭐⭐

Tomorrow There Will Be Sun represents the hope of the protagonist, Jenna Carson, that no matter how rainy and dreary the situation may be today, it could all change for the better on the morrow.

Jenna books her own family and that of her husband Peter’s best friend Solly into a villa in Mexico. It is supposed to be a week-long dream vacation with breathtaking ocean views and unlimited margaritas. Solly’s family consists of his wife, Ingrid, their 5-year-old son Ivan, and 17-year-old Malcolm, Solly’s son from his first wife, Maureen.

They are here to celebrate Peter’s 50th birthday, three days later, and Solly’s too, some months hence.

As expected, the dream vacation quickly unravels. Jenna’s daughter, 17-year-old Clem, spends most of her time online, distant from her parents, or in the company of Malcolm, who has been in trouble with the authorities and has been expelled from his school. On the very first day, Peter gets a call from Gavriella, his gorgeous assistant and lies to Jenna about the nature of the call. Could he be having an affair?

To complicate matters further, Jenna is dissatisfied about a number of things. Having published three successful YA books, she is unhappy at facing writer’s block while she works on her fourth, already two months overdue for submission to her publisher. On the other hand, Ingrid, at work on her first book, is breezing ahead with inspiration at 1000 words a day and has turned out a fabulous book.

Also, Jenna has recovered from cancer, a fact that Peter doesn’t seem to take seriously.

She is also displeased with how much Solly seems to take Peter for granted. They are business partners, but Peter works longer hours while Solly earns more.

No matter how hard she tries, it seems as if all that Jenna touches turns bad: her relationship with her daughter, with her husband, even her writing. Will this dream vacation tighten the bonds that hold families and couples together or will it undo everything that Jenna has worked hard to build?

The week of the dream vacation coincides with the culmination of the Christian period of Lent, the Holy Week. But since the characters were either Jewish or atheist, the symbolism that might have been utilized to good effect was not capitalized on.

I felt sorry for Malcolm, who feels out of place in his father’s new family, and whose efforts are snubbed.

I liked the fact that Jenna was a writer, worried about characters and plot, voices and narratives and story arcs.

The action, however, isn’t all that interesting, and the dynamic between the couples doesn’t hold more than a passing interest.

(I received an ARC from First to Read).

Friday, March 15, 2019

Re-learning the ABC with Mamma - Now available FREE

I am delighted to share with you the link to my first book, Re-learning the ABC with Mamma. The book, as I've told you before, is a work of non-fiction, and consists of the life lessons that I want to share with my children.

The book is available both as a Kindle ebook and as a digital paperback, fulfilled by Amazon.
The downloaded ebook may be read on a Kindle, or a Kindle app on a smartphone or on a computer browser, through the Kindle cloud reader,

The link to the Kindle version is HERE

You may read a sample of the book by clicking on the image of the book cover, available on the link above. Below you may read a synopsis of the book:

A is for Apple and B is for Ball, C is for Cat and D is for Dog. This is how we learn to read and write the English language as children. One building block of the alphabet at a time. 
Now here is another primer that invites us to re-imagine the English alphabet, while building our toolkit of values.
And so we have A is for Awe and B is for Beauty, C is for Courage and D is for Discipline, and many more besides. A total of 106 values spanning the 26 alphabets, now ready to be re-learned by children of any age. Each of the value-able letters has been written by Cynthia in the form of letters to her children.
The values are paired with a simple object that children can relate to, as they try to understand the intricacies of the complex value. Packed with personal anecdotes and life lessons that Cynthia gleaned from her own parents, not to forget her children, this is a book to be savoured and shared.
One value at a time.

Remember, all proceeds from the sales of this book will go to the Missionaries of Charity. 

While the Kindle book is priced at Rs 149 on and at $2.99 on, a FREE copy may be downloaded as part of a Free Promotion, to be held from Friday, March 15, 2019, 12:00 AM PDT to Sunday, March 17, 2019, 11:59 PM PDT

I hope you will take time out to download the book and read it and share your review, positive or otherwise, on Amazon and GoodReads.

Re-Learning the ABC with Mamma can also be purchased for $7.99 in paperback form. This service is available only for the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Japan markets. 

I suggest you grab the book in whatever form suits your reading style. I look forward to your reviews and your feedback.

Happy Reading!


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