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A Cape May Diamond [Kindle Edition]

Larry Enright
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Book Description

2013 Winner Independent Publisher Book Awards (bronze medal) for best eBook fiction.

A story of life, love, and a journey of a thousand years…

It was Monday, May 19th, 1975. I’ll never forget that day. The Vietnam War had ended with the fall of Saigon that April, and the world was mired in one of its worst recessions ever. Unemployment in the United States was nearly nine percent, inflation even higher, and leadership lacking. The Watergate scandal had cast a smear across American politics, resulting in Richard Nixon’s resignation in August 1974 to avoid impeachment, and his successor’s immediately pardoning him to close the book on an unhappy chapter in U.S. history.

It was not a good time for anyone and a particularly hard time for the old Victorian town of Cape May. The crown jewel of the New Jersey shore had fallen into neglect and disrepair and was dying a slow death. Once the elegant summer home to presidents and kings, it had become the last refuge of the deposed.

That’s where I met Tom Ryan. Tom was a king, or so he would have you believe, but unlike Richard Nixon, when Tom was dethroned, he wasn’t sent home with a slap on the wrist. He was sent to prison. He was a convicted draft dodger, but one of the lucky ones released early by President Ford as part of his mass clemency after Nixon’s pardon. The problem was, Tom had nowhere to go when he got out, so he took the money his dad mailed to him and spent it on a bus ticket to get as far away as possible to a place where nobody cared who he was or what he had done, a place where nobody cared about anything. That place was Cape May.

As hard a time as it was for everyone, it was harder for me because that was the day I met Tom Ryan. I should have turned and walked away. I knew it when he first looked at me, but I didn’t, not my first mistake, but one that would make Monday, May 19th, 1975 the hardest day of my life.

This is the story of how Tom Ryan and I met and how things never quite work out the way you think. You might find a love story in here somewhere. You might not. You might find a message hidden in one of the nickel pop bottles collected by the beachcombers from some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world. You might even find a little mystery, but life is a mystery, isn’t it?


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About the Author

Larry Enright was born to Irish Catholic first-generation immigrants and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His works include: the best seller Four Years from Home (2010),A King in a Court of Fools (2011), Buffalo Nickel Christmas (2011), 12|21|12 (2012), and A Cape May Diamond (2012).

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book's a Diamond October 16, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Tom Ryan is sullen, clever, a bit nasty at times, but still looking for a positive, uplifting way to fit within his own skin. Emotionally, he's been through a lot - witness his exploits in Four Years From Home, a quiet precursor that roars to a startling, but sad, finish. Thankfully there's more.

Part two of this mini-epic takes place in the sleepy remains of Cape May, New Jersey. A beachfront resort never-wannabee, it was meant for the geriatric set to reminisce: simpler lives retold in morning conversations at the nearby diner. Everyone knew everyone's tales.

Except Tom's. His was an enigma, as he played second string cook and bottle washer for his aunt and uncle's eatery, and lived in one tight but adequate room in their home around the corner. Some particularly nasty individuals invade his hideaway. So do two ladies, one, part of a mystery, one, part of a love story.

To tell more is to give it away, and this yarn is about discovery. Suffice it to say that I cared about Tom as the pages progressed, and was glad for the author's ultimate beneficence. [Okay, that's a bit of a spoiler.]

Larry Enright's verbal paintbrush is amazing. His sleepy village of Cape May mirrors my memories of its peace and quiet for those in need: sand lined sidewalks shaded by old broad leafs, subtle sounds of animals and passing cars, plus an occasional porch swing squeak.

I was also amazed by Tom Ryan's vivid character. Thru the despair engendered by his failures, his constant wisecracks spoke of an individual still claiming a right to oxygen on this planet...and, as the challenges unfolded, a chance to do better.

Sometimes the snappy comebacks didn't even make it to his mouth.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for A CAPE MAY DIAMOND April 13, 2013
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I read Larry Enright's FOUR YEARS FROM HOME, which is the story of the Ryan family, in particular of Tom. His selfish, arrogant, and often mean-spirited behavior does not exactly endear the main character to the reader. The fact that you don't completely hate him has a lot to do with the author's story-telling skills and the humor he infuses into the action. While laughing at Tom's antics and hating his meanness, you always wait for something to happen that throws the over-confident ego-maniac off kilter. And it does happen and in a very tragic way. At the end, you feel sorry for Tom rather than angry at him.

Fortunately, the author didn't stop there and gave us A CAPE MAY DIAMOND. Here we meet Tom again. Released from a two-year stint in jail, he works for his aunt and uncle at an eatery in a run-down place at the New Jersey shore. Haunted by feelings of guilt about his brother's death, he lives an almost pathetic existence. He hides his sadness and remorse behind a mask of sarcasm. However, it is here that, probably for the first time in his life, Tom begins to care about the lives of other people rather than just about his own fate. And that is the seed for a possible journey of redemption. Enough said; you just have to read the book. Suffice to say, that you actually start to like the guy. Larry Enright demonstrates once again his literary expertise with vivid descriptions, page-turning action, and tongue-in-cheek humor. There is also a touch of mystery in the form of the young girl Annie Mae Meeham. Is she real or not? Find out for yourself!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem of a book November 12, 2012
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent sequel to Enright's "Four Years from Home." I prefer reading books in order, so I highly recommend reading "Four Years from Home" first, as the characters in "A Cape May Diamond" are just so much richer when you have the full history. This book does stand well enough on its own if reading it first is your preference.

The previous reviews should be enough to convince you to buy this book immediately, so I'll just add a couple of things they did not mention.

I have read all of Enright's books that I can find and, in case you haven't noticed, they contain many hidden references, Easter eggs, anagrams, plays on words, and other clever tricks that have you reading the book on two levels: one for the story and the other for the sheer fun of finding the little presents he has left for you subtly strewn within the story. Keep your eyes open while you read his books - you won't be disappointed.

If you just zip through the book as a light fiction read, you've missed a lot. How does the title tie into the story line? Who is the mysterious Annie Mae Meeham; where did she come from and what becomes of her? Is there a reason the story is set in Cape May, the town of ghosts? This book has more depth than is evident in a cursory reading. I hate to spoil a book by saying too much so, let me just say, read this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A diamond, indeed October 16, 2012
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A gem of a Jersey shore town co-stars in a story of a damaged fellow trying to forget a serious mistake by burying himself in menial work and of the novice policewoman who sees character and hope in him despite his wisecracking veneer. A love story settles itself within a mystery involving corruption and deceit, and memorable characters tug at your heartstrings. There is an earnest, helpful young woman who amazes with her seeming ability to vanish, a doctor with a heart of gold and ambitious friends, a hard-bitten cop with an appetite for steak, an older couple ekeing out a living in a luncheonette, a priest who marvels at sacrifice, a widow with indomitable hope and cheer who trolls the beach for diamonds of polished glass. Find your own diamond: read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book
Published 1 month ago by John R. Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised by how much I liked this book
I loved this book. It had so many twists and turns that I didn't know what was going to happen. The main character is broke, flawed, and tortured by his thoughts. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Julie
3.0 out of 5 stars Different
Still ambivalent about the main character and the mysterious woman he meets on the beach. Is she real or a figment of his imagination?
Published 6 months ago by Virginia Limerick
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
I read A Cape May Diamond because I have a Sister in Law who lives close to Cape May. It kept my interest and I finished it, but I would recommend other books before this one.
Published 9 months ago by Barbara B. Horton
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and entertaining
This was an interesting and entertaining read. The main character was likable and the setting was great. I enjoyed reading it.
Published 9 months ago by Judi V.
2.0 out of 5 stars Wish I hadn't read it
It was okay overall, but I never really got into it and was very close to giving up on it several times, but have this annoying tendency to feel obligated to finish what I've... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rebecca R
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
Reads like a high school essay. Don't waste time on this one unless you enjoy poorly written metaphors. A good premise turned into a corny story with poorly developed characters.
Published 10 months ago by Linda Biedermann
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast lines and quick jokes hide a tale laced with much deeper meaning...
This is my first 5 star rating, not to be given lightly! So if you want to buy this book, I would recommend it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Annie
4.0 out of 5 stars Did you ever see sea glass or anything like it?
Interesting story, intrigue, however I would have liked a better ending, felt bad for Harry's brother, never did figure out if the girl was real or part of his imagination, glad he... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Carol A. Girard
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cape May Diamond
I enjoyed the 'story'. The writing wasn't the greatest and there were too many things left hanging; quite disjointed. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C Hughes
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More About the Author

Larry Enright was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an award-winning author and has one best-selling novel. He lives on a farm on where he grows his stories in peaceful climes.

His works include: the best seller "Four Years from Home," "A King in a Court of Fools," "Buffalo Nickel Christmas," "12|21|12," 2013 IPPY award-winning "A Cape May Diamond," and "Walter Stickle and the Galactic Rangers." Find him at larryenright.com.


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