Book Review: Bryce Main’s “LOVE AND COFFEE”


Many of us have a particular establishment where we go for a good cup of coffee, tea, and maybe even a pastry.  We might even like to park ourselves at a table, maybe by the window, or in a corner so we can sit, read, do a bit of texting, writing, artwork, or just dream.  But how many of us pay attention to the other folks sharing that space where we like to relax and unwind?

After reading “Love and Coffee” you may find yourself paying more attention to those around you and wondering what roads they’ve traveled down.

“Love and Coffee” is a collection of short vignettes that all take place inside not just any coffee shop,
but a very special one.  It’s run by a woman everyone calls Little Italy, who knows just what you need even before you make up your mind.  She’s assisted by her cohorts Big Red, and Angel, as well as a music box that seems to have come straight out of the more benevolent corners of the Twilight Zone, along with Little Italy who simply has to give it the slightest nod or look of encouragment get the device to bring the just the right song into play at the moment it’s needed most.

All the stories are told through the eyes of the author, who has a wonderful gift for making you feel like you’re there at the same table with him watching each installment unfold.  And although we never learn the real names of the other patrons, he manages to make us feel like each and every one is an old friend and when the next story involving them comes up you can’t help finding yourself sharing their hopes, dreams, and disappointments.  

I found myself smiling, laughing, and even shedding more a few tears over a number of these short tales, which I offer as high praise for the author’s handling of each scene.  There are a host of characters waiting for you within the pages of this collection like The Man with the 5 Minute Memory,  Pin Stripe, Mister Tick Tock, The Mouse and so many others.  They’re all waiting for you, so step on with your favorite beverage.  And if you don’t have one, never fear because Little Italy will help you discover it soon enough.


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