Feeling at home
I met Mike Friedman on another writing site, quickly recognizing a masterful writer with a unique voice. As I started following Mike's work as mckbirdbks, I saw frequent and mysterious references to Emerald Wells Cafe. I knew I had to find this place and visit it soon.
I entered the story line of Emerald Wells Cafe at Chapter 19: The Wedding Invitation. As romance is right up my alley, I quickly became entranced with the characters, bonding with them like family. I guarantee you would as well...!
Like starting a beloved television serial in the second season, I backtracked as time permitted, reading the preceding chapters. I continued to enjoy keeping up with the ongoing action of these small town friends, until it came to a fulfilling and brilliant conclusion in Chapter 48: First Christmas.
The Emerald Wells Cafe
Over the course of this book, Mike takes us back in time to 1955 - 1956 to Emerald Wells, just off the crossroads and Highway 27 - Texas. The Cafe itself is the hub of all the town's action, where each Chapter begins and each beloved character enters and makes their memorable impact on the story.
All the Gang at the Emerald Wells Cafe
Earl, the man behind the griddle and the newspaper, a cowboy with quiet passion.
The Townsend brothers, named Blake and Henry, as opposite as night and day.
Carl, auto mechanic, with a penchant for a double scotch in his ice and Coke.
Harold, truck driver, salt of the earth - has a son with music in his blood.
Em, greets everyone at the Cafe with coffee, a delectable breakfast, and a smile.
Gabby, 'Let's Dress Up' is a way to sew for others, lacing her longing with smiles.
Rose, a creator, from mouth watering pastries to eloquently penned poetry for Speakeasy nights.
Dale is the Sheriff, with a heart as big as Texas.
Richard, a song in his heart, wants to be his own man.
Alturo Alverez, friend of Richard, pulls heart strings with his guitar.
Boots Copler, mechanic who came to town, broken down, with his sister.
Lee Ann, worked in a bakery, feels at home with Rose, arriving in town with her brother.
Mary Ann, sweet and young, ready to help with the babies or a broom.
What are you waiting for?
A sweet sampling of poetry by Rose
I cook for you dear
Spice makes all the difference
Your smile feeds my heart
The kitchen is warm
The center of our small house
We share our life here
We safely sit here
The scent of bread in the air
Wine served with hot soup
The dishes can wait
We break bread and laugh tonight
Near the fireplace, please.
(Michael Friedman )
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I know Mike has only just begun to inspire us with his talents...in writing, illustrating and so much more. Check out his website, Mockingbird Books, for yourself to see what I mean...
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