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 author, Susan Wingate, posts a monthly column about writing and the publishing industry in her local newspaper, The Journal of the San Juan Islands. She also posts weekly discussions about the writing industry for the regional online newspaper, the PNWLocalNews.com site. You can view Wingate’s discussions by clicking on the “Entertainment” tab and then finding Wingate’s discussions under the “Blogs” section of the Entertainment Page. Born in Phoenix, Arizona to James & Amie Ajamie (a writer and an artist, respectively), Susan Wingate tried to fly at age five off the roof of their family house using only newspaper, wire hangers and scotch tape. She’s been dreaming of flying ever since. Oh, by the way, she never jumped. Her mother ran out in the nick of time to stop her from take-off. She stuck to dance lessons with solid ground beneath her feet. In high school, Wingate became involved in acting when she joined the drama club and at seventeen, saying she was eighteen, Wingate went on a 2-month acting tour with a fly-by-night troupe called The Robinhood Players. At nineteen, Wingate taught aerobics, waitressed and bartended. She graduated from AZ State University in 1994 with an undergraduate degree in accounting. After three years, she moved from Phoenix to an island in Washington State where she began to write. To support herself, she ran a bed & breakfast for three years, closing the doors soon after September 11, 2001. After the writing “bug” bit her she quit her accounting position to write full-time. Since then, Susan has written several plays, one screenplay, two short story collections and seven novels, four of which have been published with another two slated for publication in 2011 and 2012. Her amateur sleuth series entitled The Bobby’s Diner Series–BOBBY’S DINER (book #1) and EASY AS PIE AT BOBBY’S DINER (book #2)–has received acclaim through literary criticism and in book competitions. Wingate’s pseudonyms include, Myah Lin (literary fiction) and JJ Adams (noir mystery). Her gritty novel, A FALLING OF LAW by JJ Adams is often described as Chandleresque in style. Written as Myah Lin, her novella, CAMOUFLAGE was a Finalist and received an Editor’s Choice Award in the 2009 Textnovel Writing Contest. CAMOUFLAGE is represented in a foreign market. A lover of the arts, Susan Wingate draws and paints abstracts using oil as her favored medium. She lives in Washington State with her husband.