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"Nothing can be done to take back that tiny millisecond when one soul recognizes another."
Baklava, Biscotti, and an Irishman is an entwined tale of deep love, deception and redemption, told within the backdrop of three beautiful coasts, and proving that nothing in life is random.
When the choices that Teressa and Danny make intersect with circumstances out of their control, they must straddle the fine line between what is right and what is unimaginable to live without. Each must ask themselves what they would be willing to sacrifice for the life of a child. Baklava, Biscotti, and an Irishman is a novel about the endurance of love. Its theme revolves around the premise that nothing in life is random. There are no true accidents or mistakes; every act factors into the future. Using an interwoven storyline, Baklava, Biscotti, and an Irishman tells a beautiful tale of love, fate, and deception; touching upon three shores and culminating in Scituate, Massachusetts in 2015 with an epic love story that leaves you wanting more.
I’m a bit of a self-professed experience junkie. Along with my writing, I hold a US Patent for an invention, I enjoy painting, both artistically and the occasional wall, and construction projects of any kind. I once spent nine months moving a 3-bedroom house from its original location on the water in Chatham on Cape Cod to my village residence in Marstons Mills - five towns away. It was inside that cottage that I wrote my first novel, Baklava, Biscotti, and an Irishman, published in November of this past year by Blue Shoe Publishing to enthusiastic reviews. In May, 2017, it was selected as a Finalist in the Multicultural Fiction Category for the International Book Awards.
Like many authors, writing was not my first career. After twenty-five years as a salon owner, I went back to college and began writing prolifically - short stories, essays, screenplays, reviews. This led to an online column for the Cape Cod Times, entitled HAIR’S WHAT I THINK - a candid, humorous, though sometimes serious, look at life from the perspective of a million salon conversations.
After a trip to Los Angeles to meet with a movie producer about a feature-length script and another to the 15-Minutes of Fames Film Festival for the showing of my short movie (a dark comedy about a bad divorce - aptly named, The Solomons’ Dog), I knew it was time to dive in and begin writing full time. It’s the best decision I ever made.
~ Kathy Aspden
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IN THE PRESS
Artfully weaving together three lives, three coasts and three generations, Kathy Aspden’s breathtaking debut, Baklava, Biscotti, and an Irishman is a dazzling pastiche of love, deception, acceptance and forgiveness.
“Kathy Aspden’s first novel, BAKLAVA, BISCOTTI, AND AN IRISHMAN, is an emotional journey of love, loss, healing, and redemption. I rooted for each character and loved watching them be transformed by time and grace. I look forward to reading more of Kathy’s work in the years to come.”
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—Tim Miller, Editor, The Cape Cod Times