Twists, turns, and heart-stopping fast-break excitement! No, it's not college basketball's national championship game, but instead "The Coach's Wife." Barbara's unique insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of college athletes combined with her extraordinary talents as a writer makes this book a must-read! Enjoy.
Mark McKay, CNN Sports
From the fascinating introduction of "Shyla's Initiative", the reader is drawn into the intimate life and mysterious events enveloping Shyla Wishon, author and creative writing instructor. Striving to overcome the stress of being a young widow,and a failed second marriage, she does her utmost to build a worthwhile life by writing and teaching in South Florida. Shyla becomes emotionally caught up in the manuscript(a family saga)by a student from a wealthy Cuban family that brought ancient beliefs of Regla de Ocha to Florida along with the occult ritual of Santeria. Inexplicably,the manuscript influences Shyla's life.
The characters are vivid. Shyla is so finely drawn that you won't soon forget her. A must read!
Mark Jacoby, Boca Raton, Florida
Carolina was taken from her gypsy mother at a young age and sent to American where she was adopted. At eighteen her adoptive parents give her a box. Inside this box Carolina discovers the truth about her birth, that she was adopted, and with help from her boyfriend, they begin research in finding out who Carolina really is. With the odd items in the box, she finds an old paper w/ script that matches an ancient manuscript that scholars can't even decipher.
After graduating college, Carolina takes a job at a girl's academy for orphaned children. There she in put in charge of three gifted girls that are more of a detriment than a blessing to the school. When the girls play a prank that goes to far, Carolina offers to take the girls with her on a trip to Italy. There Carolina will begin her search for her birth family. To her pleasant surprise the girls are able to pull their gifts together in assisting their mentor.
Lyuba has never gotten over the fact that her small child was taken from her and sent off to America to be adopted. Day after day she lives alone as a widowed gypsy and collects herbs to make remedies that she sells to the public. Being very talented, she also has other gifts. In the band of gypsies she travels with, she also teaches the children these special gifts. But there is one child who uses the knowledge he has been taught to harm those around him.
THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES is full of twists that keeps you turning pages. I thought it clever how everyone played an important role in each others' lives. A fun and enjoyable read!
Carrie Filetti, VA mountains
No matter what was going on, I couldn't wait to return to The House of Kane. So many places I know so well, and then the literary philosophies that I can so easily identify with; yes, to the point of saying, that's it, that is what I feel, or, yes, that is what I think! It was a total immersion of my life into your pages. And why? Not just because of being able to identify with so much, but mostly because you are simply a fabulous writer….Talk about a page turner!! I love the way you intertwine the mystical into the text. Life has so many layers and it is rewarding to read the work of someone who thinks this way, too.
Former President of the National League of American Pen Women, Washington, DC.
Barbara Casey shines again! This time, she does it with a lighthearted wonderful novel "Just Like Family" in which she gives us a view of diverse personalities with entwined lives. Her writing, precise and detailed makes you feel like you are part of the novel and not on the outside looking in.
As a devoted follower of her works, I find that like her previous novels "The Coach's Wife", "Shyla's Initiative" and "The House of Kane", she handles diverse threads with ease, threads, which can be followed from beginning to end without getting lost.
The book shows the virtues of "mental strength" and "drive" that can follow downturns in one's life, involving love, trust, relationships, neighborly acceptance and other daily attributes that make people come close together and be able to help each other.
Ed, New Jersey
Love and romance, yes. But much more. JUST LIKE FAMILY reflects with sensitivity the intensity, the warmth, the need, the possibilities of friendship. We meet people of different races, backgrounds and ages who all find themselves somehow tied together in a time and place. Hardships, relationships, tragedies challenge the characters. The reader joins and emotionally shares with them the voyage of discovery that ensues. Ultimately we learn the goal and, trust me, we are enhanced as much as the characters we have come to know and love. This is a book to treasure. For today's readers, subjected to troubling news from around the world, Just Like Family comes as a panacea. Thank you Barbara Casey.
CNN Senior Copy Editor, “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer”
What I like most about this book is the adventure I got to go on with Carolina. I loved reading about her past and discovering secrets....
Following graduation from the university, Carolina accepts a job as teacher/mentor to three highly energetic, intelligent, and talented girls (the FIGs) at the Wood Rose Orphanage. The trust shared between the FIGs and Carolina takes them on a journey to Italy, to the Voynich Manuscript, and to the truth of Carolina's past....It was an enjoyable book with lots of great twists in the plot. The way all of the characters' lives intertwined with each other was good. I enjoyed watching all of them learn new things and become great friends.
Savannah, Books with Bite Internet Blog Review
I love a good mystery, especially when they include ancient cultures or hidden societies. Which is why I was interested in reading this book. And Barbara Casey did not let me down. She takes us on an exciting journey through history and gives us a taste of gypsy culture and tradition. This book was very well written tying in several characters different points of view. Her writing is very descriptive, so that I could easily imagine myself inside the story. The book also has important themes throughout it such as honor, courage, and friendship. These are all important topics for the intended audience which is young adults. More importantly, she also discusses life lessons such as not judging others, and the abandonment or feelings of loss that foster children experience. These are difficult topics to discuss, but Barbara does it in such a way that it becomes relevant for every reader.
ABCKidZ Internet Blog Review
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