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Bobby's Diner: A "Bobby's Diner" Novel (The "Bobby's Diner" Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Wingate
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Book Description

For fans of Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton and Nora Robb, Elizabeth George, comes #1 Amazon Bestselling Author, Susan Wingate.

WINNER of the FORWARD NATIONAL LITERATURE AWARD (Drowning), Bobby's Diner was a Finalist in three book competitions! 2010 International Book Awards, 2009 Next Generation Book Awards, and the 2009 National Best Books Award.

"Wingate shows an elegance in writing that is masterly..."
"'ll remember this story for years to come!"
"A fabulous and highly recommended read."

BOBBY’S DINER… is a story of a woman trying to find herself in a town where nobody wants her. Georgette Carlisle snags husband, Bobby, away from another woman, Vanessa Carlisle. After he dies – fifteen years later when the story begins – he leaves his restaurant called Bobby’s Diner to both women. But, that’s not the only problem. Bobby’s Diner, situated on an attractive highway corridor property, is slated as the next boutique tourist site and sits smack in way of Zach Pinzer’s dreams and future with Chariot International Incorporated, a large developer headquartered in Phoenix. Even after Zach arranges to destroy their property and fatally wounds their beloved busboy and gardener, he nearly kills Roberta, Vanessa’s daughter. Georgette and Vanessa hold fast to the only thing they have, each other, and they fight. Georgette’s story tells a tale of life, love, death, grief, pain, loneliness, and redemption. And, she finds her true family with the most unexpected people.

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A Review by Coffee Times Romance gives Bobby's Diner a 4-cup review - An Outstanding Great Read! Danielle with Coffee Times Romances has this to say about - Bobby's Diner is a breathtaking story that will fill you with joy and laughter, Bobby's Diner is a great read for any book lover. A review by Terry L. White Susan Wingate regales us with a tale too true to be fiction. When Georgette inherits half of Bobby s Diner she soon learns she has to share the restaurant with Bobby s first wife Vanessa. A tale well told, humor abounds. - Terry L White (author of Mystick Moon, Ancient Memories, Hang Your Head Over, and the Chesapeake Series, Chesapeake Harvest, Chesapeake Legacy, etc.) A review by Carroll M. Jones - Bobby s Diner is an award winner, mark my words. Susan Wingate gives us a truly great experience. More than just another crime related story, this one is much deeper, more captivating in clashing personalities, more real in the ways of life...spell-binding. Once started, this one demands you finish page by page, word by word, and leaves you wanting more, wanting to share all these personalities shared. - Carroll M. Jones (author of Murder on Margin and Where Roses Bloom ) --Coffee Times Romance, Terry L. White, Carroll M. Jones<br /><br />A Review by Joyce Anthony Bobby's Diner. When I read the title, I had the idea this would be another one of those books describing the everyday details of small-town America. Truthfully, I thought I'd find the book rather boring. I was completely wrong! Susan Wingate has created a unique situation with this novel, bringing together two unlikely women--an ex-wife and the woman who stole her husband--and placing them in a situation where they have to deal with each other on a daily basis. As the new co-owners of Bobby's Diner, these women must learn to work together or give up--and both are too stubborn to give up. Adding in a scalawa[g] bent on taking over the diner, and the situation gets even more intense. Moments of humor mix with deep emotions in this book. Susan Wingate shows an understanding of human nature well beyond what is normally seen in a novel. She has a mastery of dialogue that I find refreshing--I felt as though I was right there, listening. It isn't often I find dialogue so true-to-life. Between her mastery of dialogue and understanding of human nature, Susan Wingate held me captive with this book. Can these women come to terms with past hurts? Can they work together to save Bobby's Diner from dying? Is it possible for these women to understand that there was a reason they both earned the love of the same man? You will have to read Bobby's Diner to find out. Give yourself several hours to read this book. You will find yourself saying "Just one more chapter" over and over again. It is one of those rare books you won't want to put down. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Wingate's work." - Joyce Anthony (author of "Storm" and blog mistress of Books & Authors blog) --A review by Joyce Anthony<br /><br />A Review by RD Larson Bobby's Diner by Susan Wingate is a wonderful and funny tale of an ex-wife and a widow as they try to manage the Diner that Bobby had owned. When he died they both inherited it and now must make a go of it. Heart-warming and realistically funny this charming story will warm and full-fill the reader. I highly recommend it. - RD Larson (author of Evil Angel, Mama Tried to Raise a Lady, Saving Reverend Clayton, Sorrow's Field, Doors: Five Stories of Strong Women, Marian Riles, Soft-boiled Detective --The Official Website of Bobby's Diner

Book reviewing is a very subjective occupation and different reviewers will pick up on different aspects of a book. I received a press release for Susan Wingate s latest book Easy As Pie At Bobby s Diner and decided to investigate this author. I discovered that she had an earlier book Bobby s Diner that starred the same cast. I like book series, when they are done well they are an absolute joy, you get to learn so much more about the characters. The only problem I could foresee in tackling this project was the fact that one reviewer had labeled Bobby s Diner as chick lit . I am not big on believing everything that I read and decided that just by the story synopsis it was worth a read. I was right! labelling Susan Wingate as Chick Lit is akin to accusing Steven King of freelancing for Harlequin! Bobby s Diner is a gritty little book, with outstanding characters and a plot that is so strange, I could actually see it happening in real life. The back drop is a small town some 65 miles north of Phoenix, a place by the name of Sunnydale. Bobby s Diner is a fixture in the town, a place where good wholesome food and good company can always be found. Bobby Carlisle and his wife Vanessa had spent years making the restaurant the success that it was. Alas as is so often the case these days, their marriage was not as strong as their business partnership. Bobby falls for the new lady in town Georgette. A woman seeking nothing but her own salvation from her past. Friendship turns to romance, and after a divorce, Georgette moves from mistress to wife. I think it would be fair to say that Vanessa and Georgette were not the best of friends. Everyone s life is changed when Bobby dies. In his will he leaves his house to his new wife Georgette, $200,000 to Vanessa, and then the bombshell hits. Each woman receives a 50% stake in the ownership of Bobby s Diner. Ouch! With neither prepared to sell to the other, they are forced into an unlikely partnership. One that to say the least has it s ups and downs in the early days. Oh and that is just chapter one! I don t like to give spoilers in reviews, but I do like to give teasers. There is a large land developer in Phoenix who has his eye on Sunnydale, and Bobby s Diner is right in the path of progress. When check book diplomacy fails, more insidious methods are brought into play. I enjoyed Bobby s Diner a great deal, it is written with panache, which likely is the reason it scored an finalist mention with the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It is a great read and Susan Wingate has done a fabulous job of both plot and character development. Watching the relationship between them at first waring factions of Georgette and Vanessa develop is written in a masterful fashion. I will end this review where I started, whoever labeled this as chick lit is out of their mind! This is a book that has wide appeal. I do not rate books as other sites do, but if I did, this would score 5 stars. I loved the plot, loved the characters, and (this is the book critic in me talking) from a technical standpoint I can find no fault, it has been well constructed, well edited, and the story flows. You can grab your copy from Amazon by clicking on the link above. Simon Barrett --BloggerNewsNetwork

About the Author

Award-winning and bestselling novelist, Susan Wingate, is also a poet and playwright. She has written three novels and one collection. Her second novel, Bobby s Diner (Cambridge Books), is her latest release. Her novels, short stories, poetry, articles and plays consistently receive awards and acclaim. Susan is a featured writer for the Arizona Author s Association newsletter and a contributing writer for several other magazines. Since 2006, Susan has kept busy teaching writing classes conferences and at her studio. In 2007, after the publication of her mystery novel, Of the Law, Susan has traveled extensively around the states of Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona giving lectures and workshops on writing and crafting novels. As well, Susan has one collection of short stories, poems and essays entitled, Ravings of a Mad Gentlewoman: A Bold Collection of Writing. Ravings exemplifies her talent for storytelling in several different formats. She is an active member of the writing community locally and nationally. Currently, she organizes a series of reading events for the library. Her monthly online newsletter called, Sincerely, Susan has an avid readership. For hobbies, Susan enjoys reading, painting, photography, playing with her animals and talking with her husband. Presently, she lives in Washington State where she writes full time.

Product Details

  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Roberts Press (May 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BDP6JC
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Diner Dive December 11, 2010
The premise of Bobby's Diner is Bobby dies, and leaves his diner to his Ex wife, Vanessa and his current wife, Georgette. In addition to that is a daughter, who never forgave Georgette or Bobby for tearing apart her family. With this in mind, I expected some high drama, before the ladies realized they needed to work together, to make the restaurant a success. Then, I hoped to enjoy a laugh, while they tried to blend into a working a team, with some added community drama put in the mix. Instead, it was life is rough, and you just deal with it, and/or die. I found none of the characters meshing to give me that community feel, dysfunctional or otherwise. The author would give you a sterile description of one particular character and then shove them into the story. I didn't get the feel of people flowing together in to a comprehensive story and have them developing their identities in it. The ladies seem to reach a conflict and then just resolve the problem. Yet I couldn't see the solution in action. For example they had a conflict about the menu. Vanessa had an almost bullying attitude about wanting to serve diner food like they did in the old days and Georgette wanted to stick with her fancier fair. Georgette responded by showing her how to cook the new food and all was well. Another complaint I have is the author's need to insert the word of the day into various places in the book. I didn't find this to enhance the story but further alienate my ability to relate to the story. Near the end I just didn't care enough about the people in the book to really dwell on the ending. It was more about finishing the book so I could move on to another.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Swan Dive into the Heart of Love June 1, 2009
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A diner owner-operator named Bobby falls insatiably in love with a woman, Georgette, new to the small Arizona town where his business is located. That Bobby is married to Vanessa, co-operator of the diner and mother to their daughter Roberta, does not prevent him from divorcing his wife and marrying Georgette who then takes on the responsibilities, once Vanessa's, of running the diner with Bobby. Years into his marriage with Georgette, Bobby suddenly dies from heart failure. At the reading of his will, Georgette and Vanessa learn that Bobby has bequeathed the diner to both of them who then reluctantly agree to operate the business mutually. Therein lies the tension that underscores and kicks off BOBBY'S DINER, author Susan Wingate's second novel, a finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award.

The novel's initial premise, and the conflicts that naturally arise when sworn enemies attempt to run a business without pummeling each other in the process, meet the requirements to sustain a reader's attention for the length of a novel. But Ms. Wingate does not stop there. She infuses the story with a genuine sense of menace derived from the murderous intentions of local business magnates who covert the property upon which Bobby's Diner sits.

Ms. Wingate's ability to create fully-realized characters is reminiscent of author Larry McMurtry's almost unparalleled gift for allowing readers to befriend fictional personae. This observation will perhaps help to usher in the death knell of that most patronizing of terms, "chick lit." Ms. Wingate's prose resonates with bone-hard realism and delicate poignancy characteristic of all great writers, irrespective of gender. This reviewer intends to keep a sharp eye tuned to future works by Susan Wingate.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Finish February 18, 2012
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I find it hard to critique something that I disliked so much. I got lost in the style of jumping back and forth between rapidly changing points of view. The author romanticizes her stealing another woman's husband. To get sympathy? I had a hard time feeling anything for the characters and especially for the main character. It had a get in your face sort of style, like someone forcing you to paying attention to their boring conversation. At times, I thought I would nod off. The book was full of run-on paragraphs. Two people talking in the same paragraph was confusing. More time developing the characters and less time on how much she loved her stolen husband would have been better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby's Diner keeps you turning the pages July 11, 2010
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Susan Wingate does a wonderful job of making an entirely improbable situation seem so real and believable. I've read an older book of hers titled, "Of The Law," and although that one was intriguing (Actually very intriguing, but that's another review), this one has everything a reader could ask for. Great dialogue, gritty drama, and terrific writing. I could listen to Vannesa and Georgette get into it all night long. And so will you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bobby's Diner series June 13, 2014
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I found the series to have a good story line. The typo's were abundant and sometimes hard to follow the story line. There were duplicate sentences and some sentences went nowhere. The only reason I gave it 3 stars was because of the story line.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bobbys Diner May 30, 2014
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Surprisingly I really enjoyed this book. For those that are looking for a high fast action paced story this isn't it. Its a slow build easy relaxing read. Where it lacks in suspense it makes up for in character interaction. Bobby's Diner has heart and that's something rare to find in books these days.
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I was asked to review the third book in this series by Susan Wingate. As I read it I felt at a loss, since I didn't know the characters or the development of their background stories.Therefore I felt that I couldn't give it a proper review. Now, having read "Bobby's Diner", the first in the series, I can understand the characters and plot so much better! I found this book, the first in the series, a well written story about a woman Georgie, new to a life in Sunnyvale, Arizona, falling in love with Bobby, the married owner of a diner, resulting in his divorce from his wife, Vanessa, causing their daughter, Roberta, anguish bordering on hatred, and a town that seemed to fault her for these events. I enjoy seeing the author's development of the main characters, and was now able to see Wingate's development of Georgie in her relationships with each of the other characters in this book as well as in the series. The mystery within the plot results in the bringing of the characters closer together through several adverse events. Although the mystery seemed secondary in the development of the plot, it was necessary to it. The Diner is the focal point into which the characters are woven and in which the major events take place. We learn that Georgie has the character to overcome the meanest aspects of her life, and turn things around so that her adversaries become her close friends. There are some sad moments in the plot that serve to strengthen the ties between the characters. I truly enjoyed reading this novel. I especially enjoyed the fact that Georgie has a cat named Gangster! A very good read, indeed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Susan is a true story teller!
I purchased a copy of Bobby's Diner at a book store and fell in love with the characters. Susan is a true story teller, able to develop characters you can touch. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. Laws
5.0 out of 5 stars A big heart stuffed full of desert cactus
Wingate gives us a prickly love story between two (or is it three?) women and a dead man. But wait... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alan Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story, not a mystery at all
Bobby's Diner is the story of a woman who finds herself suddenly alone, a young widow, and half owner of a successful small city diner. Read more
Published 10 months ago by G. P. Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars A richly developed setting and cast of characters made this a joy to...
Bobby left an interesting legacy when he died. A popular local diner in a small desert town, a wife who loved him, an ex-wife who still had strong feelings for him, and a daughter... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stephen Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Love Triangle
A love triangle after the husband dies. Ever wonder what people might say about you after you're gone? And how the hell will the two women in your life get along. Read more
Published 19 months ago by T. Persun
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
I loved this book. The characters were real. I lived in Arizona so I could relate to the weather and environment . A very enjoyable read.
Published 19 months ago by Michele Makinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book immensely!
For anyone who has experienced the joys and heartbreak of blended families or small town living, this book is perfect! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read- I just stepped off the bus.
It was a good read that had me reaching for the Puffs a couple times. Being divorced I could relate to the relationship that Vanessa had with Georgette but to have them work... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Live Outside
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby's Two Wives Together
Bobby was married and they started a diner together. He eventually falls in love with someone else, marries her and they work the diner together. Read more
Published 22 months ago by wmo
4.0 out of 5 stars BOBBYS DINER
I loved this one a real life story. a lot of lessons in here to learn.i read it loved it
Published 22 months ago by leona williams
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More About the Author

Amazon Bestselling Author and WINNER of the Forward National Literature Award in Family Drama for "Drowning"

#1 Amazon Best Seller (Titles: "The Deer Effect" and "Drowning")
#2 Amazon Best Seller (Title: "Bobby's Diner")

Susan's writing has been hailed by international bestselling author Michael Collins as "writing of the finest quality." Susan Wingate pens Christian fantasy and thrillers, gritty crime fiction, psychological thrillers, paranormal fantasy and visionary metaphysical suspense.

Drowning winner of the Forward National Literature Award instantly became a #1 Amazon bestseller as did her Bobby's Diner mystery series. Wingate lives in the Seattle Metropolitan area.

THE DEER EFFECT becomes an Amazon Bestseller upon its release!

#1 Amazon bestseller in three different categories! In Christian fantasy, Metaphysical, and Religious SciFi/Fantasy!

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