Coffee and Fate by R. J. Erbacher - BOOK REVIEW

12/31/2010 10:07:00 AM

Coffee and Fate by R. J. Erbacher

Title:  Coffee and Fate
Author:  R. J. Erbacher
Publisher:  Infinity Publishing
Paperback, 134 pages
ISBN 10:   0741459051
ISBN 13:  9780741459053


Val is just a regular college student, with a unique ability to save people's lives, having a drink in a coffee shop.  Bud is an elderly gentleman who knows certain things that will happen to certain people and he knows something about Val's future.  When he sits down next to her and holds her hands, it will start a friendship that both of them are desperate for.  It will also set of a chain of events that will dramatically change both their lives, from the gunshot that's just seconds away to a heroic battle with fate and death.

My Take: 

There is a LOT packed into this small book. Val is a young college student, just hanging out for a bit at the Cup of Joe coffee shop, when a would-be robber comes in.  Before she has time to really adjust to what is happening, her hand is stilled by Henry Stanfield (Bud), 73 years old.  An unlikely friendship develops between the two, who each have their own powers, and there are some adventures as they go off to change the course of fate, and an unexpected occurrence that might throw you off, but keep reading .. and the power to change the course of the world ends up in their hands.

That's all I'm going to say about the plot.  This is a decidedly clever and absorbing read.  It could stand a bit of polishing here and there, but this novella-sized book packs a wonderfully satisfying punch .. and a totally unexpected ending.  Well worth the read.


"Watching other people's children is one thing; they go home at the end of the day.  But when they're your own and you're up all night when they have a fever and are sick as a dog and you're worrying your head off if they're going to be all right and you hold and pamper them all night with no regard for your sleep and the next day when they feel better and want to go outside to play and you tell them no and they say 'I hate you' that's when you know what it's like to have kids."

OK ... so that is the longest run-on sentence ever, and is not illustrative of how the book is written, but I had to use it because as a parent, I can definitely relate!

BOOK RATING: 4.0 out of 5 stars

BUY IT:  At Amazon, through the publisher's website, and through other on-and-off-line booksellers.

Disclosure:   This is a review of my own personal copy.

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  1. This looks like a pretty decent read. Though with only 134 pages, did you find it satisfying? I tend to avoid novella sized book because in the end, I usually feel like there are too many questions that are not answered. So, I wonder what you think regarding to this?

  2. It actually WAS a good read in a short space. The ending leaves room to continue the story, but it's not a cliffhanger, and it neatly ties up.

  3. So glad to read that you enjoyed it!! I really liked this one as well and was so surprised by the events - it had me questioning and thinking quite a bit!

  4. Sounds good! I haven't heard of this one before, so I'll look out for it.

  5. Julie, thanks for the review, glad you liked it. I will try and do better with the next one. R J


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