Benjamin Hughes is on a mission He has just bought back the New Hampshire lake cottage his family lost eighteen summers ago in 1969 just before he turned fourteen—just before his life blew apartStill reeling from a broken engagement Ben has committed himself to relive that momentous summer for the next twenty four hoursEvery summer as a boy Ben has gawked at the pretty redhead Amelia granddaughter to the richest man on the lake Doc Burns—owner of a Cessna floatplane and the Whispering Narrows estate During the summer of ’69 Ben not only sneaks around with Amelia but he learns how to fly with Doc and meets an eclectic cast of characters that will change him forever The best summer of Ben’s life turns out to be the worst as the Burns’ family dysfunction collides with his own family’s skeletons

10 thoughts on “Spilled Coffee

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    A new and uniue novel on how to tame the ghosts of your dark past by JBChicoine Spilled CoffeeRead this review on of all many thanks to the author JBChicoine for providing me with an e copy of her book in exchange for honest reviewsThis novel is about a man named Benjamin recently got his heart broken buying his family lake cabin at New Hampshire thus reliving his dark past It's once again summer of '69 for Benjamin running after his first love Amelia who's a granddaughter to a rich man DocBurns But both Ben's family and Amelia's family don't have a good past track record hence these two families collide ultimately resulting in Benjamin to break his heartThe narration of the whole story is amazing the best part being the details of all Ben's past events were not spilled out at one go it was like peeling the layers of an onion slowly and one by one and this is what makes the book addictive an unputdownable There are loads of characters and events which makes the book wonderful And not to mention the style of the author's writing it's easy and like keeping the readers always on the loop not letting us predict the climax which makes the book of a thrilling kind So guys if you want to visit New Hampshire because I bet while reading this you'll be definitely transported to New Hampshire grab this book and find out that we cannot closed the chapters of our dark past we definitely need to find a way to deal with them and welcome them in our present

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    I love this story I read it twice It was like a time jump to when I was a young teen The emotional intensity of the young character Benjamin is spot on in my opinion The world of 14 year old Benjamin's perceptions versus his realities is sensitive and thought provokingChicoine addresses a universal theme—making peace with one's past—while transitioning realistically from the uncomfortable rhythm of Ben's adult life to his memories of the pivotal summer that changed his life While Chicoine tackles some disturbing issues she balances it with optimism and manages to evoke happy memories of childhood Great reading

  4. says:

    25 if I could I liked the premise and overall storyline but the writing style itself didn't uite do it for me

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    I am not sure how to give a half star but I would place this book at 3 12 stars as opposed to the four I gave it I enjoyed the pastpresent chapter chronology the story itself and the way the protagonist was portrayed Living in NH on a lake I could most definitely identify with the summer experience described by Chicoine Though I was able to guess most of the ending there was one surprise I did not expect which had to do with a character's parent My only complaint is there were a number of grammar errors with respect to a few spelling mistakes but particularly with respect to comma splices They distracted me from the writing

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    This was clunky repetitive and boring

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    I thought JB Chicoine’s debut novel UNCHARTED Story for a Shipwright was amazing but I think Spilled Coffee is even betterWith a trip down memory lane to the late 60’s Ben the main character has come back to the New Hampshire lake cabin his family used to vacation at and the memories of the summer that broke his heart as well as his familyChicoine’s writing is superbly crafted and times than not I was surprised when I looked up from my reading to find I was not in New Hampshire at all but in my living room Her descriptions of time and place are mind altering in that I dare you not to think you’re in New Hampshire eitherA coming of age story linking memories to present day Chicoine weaves a tale of such intricacy that I couldn’t put this book down I stayed up long into the night to finish it wondering how the end would turn outWith a few plot twists that I never saw coming Chicoine’s characters are rich and well developed so much so I thought of them as real people Her prose is beautiful and lush and sweeps you into the story so uickly you forget you’re actually reading a bookWith all the trappings of the 60’s – from Woodstock to hippies to the first lunar landing Spilled Coffee is just the thing for an aging boomer like me If I could give this 10 stars I would