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The Man with the Pink Sombrero by Denny Drake

  My Take:  Today I finished reading the book The Man with the Pink Sombrero written by Denny Drake, and I feel like I had the pleasure of delving into the fascinating world of mystery and adventure with this thrilling novel.  With this book be prepared to embark on an unforgettable journey filled with intrigue, humor, and unexpected twists. As the story unfolds, readers are drawn into a web of secrets, danger, and unexpected alliances, making each page turn an exhilarating experience. Drake's masterful storytelling is enhanced by a diverse cast of characters, each with their own motivations and quirks. Every character adds depth and intrigue to the narrative, keeping readers guessing until the very end. The highlight of this book is its perfect blend of mystery and adventure. Reading this I was taken on a rollercoaster ride of excitement, eagerly anticipating each new revelation. Beyond its gripping plot and engaging characters, the book explores themes of resilience, friendship,

Author's Interview By Denny Darke

1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?  Sure. Pink Sombrero is my debut book. Close friends, family, and colleagues describe me as a funny British guy (I haven’t been able to shake my Prince Harry accent) living on beautiful Vancouver Island, Canada, whose quick-witted, satirical, whack-a-mole humour has been perfected working as a child protection social worker, crisis counsellor and police officer. I have a couple of university degrees (Birmingham, UK and Victoria, Canada).  I gained my writing inspiration from my four crazy-assed daughters, my love of spicy (Indian) food, Marmite, Brighton & Hove Albion football team, and sunbathing. I blame my sense of humour on my father, a very serious and decorated RAF war aviator, who introduced me to Frank Richards, Joseph Heller, Monty Python, and Peter Sellers.  I’m happily married to my long-suffering wife, who has yet to disown me.  2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book? I have worked as a poli

Living Your Best Third Act by Milan Schwarzkopf

My Take:  Today I finished reading Living Your Best Third Act: How to Be Healthy, Wealthy, and Happy in your Retirement writing by Milan Schwarzkopf. Let me start with; Have you ever found yourself pondering about retirement? Wondering if your savings will suffice, if your health will hold up, or if your golden years will be as fulfilling as your working ones? These are common questions that the author has tackles head-on in his insightful book.  The book explains that Retirement isn't just about reaching a certain age and then kicking back, its about embracing a new phase of life with purpose and vigor. The book is well written and is a roadmap for anyone navigating the complexities of retirement planning. The highlight of this book is its holistic approach. It doesn't just focus on financial strategies (although those are certainly important). Instead, it delves into the interconnected aspects of health, wealth, and happiness. After all, what good is a hefty retirement fund i

Sunshine and Moonbeams by Gina Dimichino.

My Take:   Recently, I finished reading Sunshine and Moonbeams: A mother’s journey raising a blended brained family written by Gina Dimichino, and let me tell you, it was an absolute gem of a book. Have you ever wondered what it's like to raise a family where each member marches to the beat of their own drum? Well, Dimichino's heartfelt memoir takes you on a journey through exactly that. As I delved into the pages of this touching narrative, I was immediately drawn into a world of love, faith, and hope. The candid portrayal of emotions and challenges were both heartwarming and inspiring. What truly sets this book apart is its celebration of diversity. The unwavering message reminds us that success is possible in every family, regardless of its composition. Beyond its powerful message, the book is a joy to read. The authors storytelling is captivating and engaging, making it impossible to put down. Whether you're a parent, a caregiver, or simply someone who appreciates a goo

Ye Galiyare by Sudha Sikrawar.

My Take:  Recently I finished reading the other book also written by incredibly talented Sudha Sikrawar, and before I dive into the Heart of the book, please note if you read ‘Ye Galiyare’ it will be an unforgettable tale of resilience. Have you ever come across a book that not only entertains but also enlightens? Well, this is exactly that that book, with a gripping narrative that has left a profound impact on my soul.  Inspired by the timeless wisdom of Groucho Marx, the author takes us on a riveting journey, where every twist and turn teaches us invaluable lessons. I found this book to be  a poignant tale of survival in the face of adversity. It follows the harrowing experiences of a victim of cybercrime, shedding light on the fear and pain that often accompany such predicaments. But amidst the darkness, shines a beacon of hope – the inspiring story of a girl who rises above her circumstances with unwavering courage. Sikrawar's storytelling prowess is truly unmatched. With each

Parichita: A Journey Through the Soul by Sudha Sikrawar.

My Take: Parichita: A Journey Through the Soul by Sudha Sikrawar, reading this book was like discovering life's essence through the a journey with Parichita. I'm excited to share with you a hidden gem that has stolen my heart, let me start with why this book is an absolute must-read. This isn't just a collection of poems; it's a journey through the soul. Sikrawar weaves together her life experiences, sacrifices, and dedication into a tapestry of emotions that will tug at your heartstrings. I can't help but admire the sheer beauty of Sikrawar's writing style – it's so lucid and heartfelt that it's impossible not to be moved. Whether you're a Hindi or English reader, an art enthusiast, or simply a lover of literature, "Parichita" has something special to offer. One thing I absolutely love about this book is its ability to transport readers back to their childhood days. With each poem, takes us on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, exploring t