|Rating||:||4.45 (516 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||354 Pages|
Manfred Welk is what Charles Atlas would have looked like if he'd been serious about lifting weights. She has an apartment upstairs. That's bad enough, but the guy turns out to have a kid, a blue-haired prepubescent brat named Bianca who's been raised in a brothel. Something she might swap for the services of a live-in handyman. Robin, Manfred and Bianca all have their demons to cast out. Her home is her sanctuary. She takes a dim view of people in general and men in particular. Downstairs, she's
"Thoroughly enjoyable read." according to Anne Dougherty. I've read most of Joseph Flynn's books and found this one to be quite different from the rest but still a thoroughly enjoyable read. The setting of the story is Chicago, right after the Berlin Wall fell. Robin Phinney is a large, feisty but lonely woman who works at a deli called Screaming Mimi's where the staff and customers engage in a battle of wits and verbal swordplay. She lives in a brownstone where she has created a beautiful indoor park. When the expense of taking care of the building becomes too much for her, she if forced to hire a live-in handyman, Manfred Welk, a former East German powerlifter who spent time in an E. Romantic, comical and heart-tugging Amazon Customer I received a complimentary copy of this book to review and I was immediately intrigued. I'll admit to having some doubtI mean really, a man writing a romance novel? With a 40 year old, heavyset woman as one of the main characters?? This I just had to seeerrrr, read. My apologies to Mr. Flynn - the man writes a fantastic romance! So what makes this story so good? Well, let's see.First, you have to love the setting. Screaming Mimi's is a deli where employees serve their lunches complete with a hearty side of insults, criticism and yelling. It's so good, that the customers come back for more! Reading the exchanges between Round Ro. "a pretty ridiculous plot" according to Catte. This was, in many respects, a pretty ridiculous plot; but it was still a fun and fast paced romp that kept my attention and wanting to know more. Near the end there was a gratuitous bit of proselytizing where several characters "get religion", but overall it was worth the time spent reading it if you are up for something un-serious.
He lives in central Illinois, where he is currently at work on his next novel.. Joseph Flynn is the author of Digger and The Concrete Inquisition
He lives in central Illinois, where he is currently at work on his next novel.. About the Author Joseph Flynn is the author of Digger and The Concrete Inquisition