Bobby's Diner

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THE AWARD-WINNING "BOBBY'S DINER" SERIES!

For fans who enjoy books similar to Agatha Christie, Janet Evanovich and James Patterson.

Women's Fiction/Suspense

A chef, a diner and a voracious land developer--Bobby's Diner, a riveting tale of suspense and redemption.

A story about a woman trying to find herself in a town where nobody wants her. Georgette Carlisle snags her ...

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Overview

THE AWARD-WINNING "BOBBY'S DINER" SERIES!

For fans who enjoy books similar to Agatha Christie, Janet Evanovich and James Patterson.

Women's Fiction/Suspense

A chef, a diner and a voracious land developer--Bobby's Diner, a riveting tale of suspense and redemption.

A story about a woman trying to find herself in a town where nobody wants her. Georgette Carlisle snags her husband, Bobby, away from another woman, Vanessa Carlisle. After he dies - fifteen years later - he leaves his restaurant called Bobby's Diner to both women. But, that's not the only problem. Bobby's Diner, sits smack in way of Zach Pinzer's dreams and future with Chariot International Incorporated, a large land developer. And, when Pinzer resolves to destroy everything they have, Georgette and Vanessa's already bitter relationship is pushed to the breaking point.

Wingate's BOBBY'S DINER tells a tale of life, love, death, grief, pain, loneliness, and redemption.

"Bobby's Diner is one of those rare books you won't want to put down. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Wingate's work." -- Joyce Anthony

"A breathtaking story that will fill you with joy and laughter, Bobby's Diner is a great read for any book lover." -- Coffee Times Romance gives "Bobby's Diner" a 4-cup review - An Outstanding Great Read!

"...written in a masterful fashion." - Simon Barrett

"I kept picturing [Bobby's Diner]as a film while I read it. Very scenic imagery and situations." - Anthony Flacco

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Editorial Reviews

Joyce Anthony
Give yourself several hours to read this book. You will find yourself saying “Just one more chapter” over and over again. It is one of those rare books you won’t want to put down. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Wingate’s work.
Joyce Anthony
Give yourself several hours to read this book. You will find yourself saying “Just one more chapter” over and over again. It is one of those rare books you won’t want to put down. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Wingate’s work.
BOBBY'S DINER Is an Award-winner!
BOBBY'S DINER is the winner of three finalist awards in:
2010 International Book Awards
2009 National Best Books Award
2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615448886
  • Publisher: Roberts Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/2013
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 869,918
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author, Susan Wingate, posts a monthly column about writing and the publishing industry in her local newspaper, The Journal of the San Juan Islands. She also posts weekly discussions about the writing industry for the regional online newspaper, the PNWLocalNews.com site. You can view Wingate's discussions by clicking on the "Entertainment" tab and then finding Wingate's discussions under the "Blogs" section of the Entertainment Page.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona to James & Amie Ajamie (a writer and an artist, respectively), Susan Wingate tried to fly at age five off the roof of their family house using only newspaper, wire hangers and scotch tape. She's been dreaming of flying ever since. Oh, by the way, she never jumped. Her mother ran out in the nick of time to stop her from take-off. She stuck to dance lessons with solid ground beneath her feet. In high school, Wingate became involved in acting when she joined the drama club and at seventeen, saying she was eighteen, Wingate went on a 2-month acting tour with a fly-by-night troupe called The Robinhood Players. At nineteen, Wingate taught aerobics, waitressed and bartended. She graduated from AZ State University in 1994 with an undergraduate degree in accounting. After three years, she moved from Phoenix to an island in Washington State where she began to write. To support herself, she ran a bed & breakfast for three years, closing the doors soon after September 11, 2001.
After the writing "bug" bit her she quit her accounting position to write full-time. Since then, Susan has written several plays, one screenplay, two short story collections and seven novels, four of which have been published with another two slated for publication in 2011 and 2012.
Her amateur sleuth series entitled The Bobby's Diner Series-BOBBY'S DINER (book #1) and EASY AS PIE AT BOBBY'S DINER (book #2)-has received acclaim through literary criticism and in book competitions.
Wingate's pseudonyms include, Myah Lin (literary fiction) and JJ Adams (noir mystery).
Her gritty novel, A FALLING OF LAW by JJ Adams is often described as Chandleresque in style.
Written as Myah Lin, her novella, CAMOUFLAGE was a Finalist and received an Editor's Choice Award in the 2009 Textnovel Writing Contest. CAMOUFLAGE is represented in a foreign market.
A lover of the arts, Susan Wingate draws and paints abstracts using oil as her favored medium. She lives in Washington State with her husband.
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Chapter One

For the reading of Bobby's will, the attorneys sat Vanessa--the ex, Roberta (Bobby and Vanessa's daughter), and me in a conference room together. I was instructed to bring a lawyer, as were the other two ladies. I didn't. That sort of thing isn't in me. Vanessa did. The lawyer read Bobby's will. It was pretty much as I expected. I got the house we shared, most of the money accounts, Roberta received two hundred thousand dollars in a fund her father had set aside for her upon his death. Then, the lawyer read further. Bobby did something none of us expected. He gave me half the interest in the diner and Vanessa, the other half!

Just like Bobby to be equitable. Finally, the lawyer read a statement Bobby had hand-written before he died. The note said something about his guilt for leaving Vanessa, but his great love for me, about Vanessa's interest of nearly half her life spent building the diner, and my creativity to keep it going.

Have you ever heard the term 'livid' before? Well, Vanessa's face turned every shade of livid I've ever seen. I remember sitting there and imagining her head filling up like one of those water balloons at the fair and exploding right off her shoulders. Her lawyer patted her hand and told her "not to worry". I giggled to myself at the mess of it all, said my "thank yous" and "good-byes" to his former family and the lawyers, and I left feeling pretty good too considering what had just happened. Financially, I was solid and didn't need to worry about money for a while, anyway.

I closed the diner for three weeks.

When I went back to re-open, Vanessa was there waiting outside the door. She offered to buy my interest. Itold her I had no intention of selling and offered to buy hers. She fumed at my boldness and told me she'd never sell. Bobby knew I was stubborn as a mule in a blizzard and he knew his former wife had some of my same shortcomings.

"Well, isn't this a fine mess." Vanessa threw her hands up and when they came down, they landed on her lap as she sat hard against the window's ledge.

"Guess Bobby had the last laugh, huh?" I looked out onto the day with one hand protecting my face from the bright sun. It was early spring then and the cacti were putting on a show that would embarrass the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, gorgeous.

"Since this place is now legally half mine, I want a key." Vanessa was indignant.

"Fine. After José gets here, I'll have him run up to Charlie's to get his copied."

Vanessa let out a small huff and stood back up. "What are we supposed to do now?"

"Well, the diner needs managing. I guess we manage it."

"Together?" She put her hands on her hips.

"What else can we do?"

"It just won't work."

"Why is that, Vanessa? After all these years, do you still hate me so much?"

"Oh, hell, I could care less about you." She turned away and looked out over the burgeoning desert. "How's this gonna look to the folks around here? Did you ever think about that?"

"I just put my husband in the ground. I guess I haven't had too much time to worry about what people are thinking."

"He was my husband too." She scowled when she looked at me. I couldn't very well argue her point and decided by the look of her, saying nothing was best. Vanessa turned her head away. "Fuck." She spoke it like a tire going flat.

We looked at each other for a few seconds. I'd been sitting on the planter outside the door across from Vanessa the whole time and my ass felt numb, so I stood. Face-to-face with her, it was uncanny how much Vanessa and I looked like each other. She was older, of course, and had severely short, dark copper-colored hair. Her eyes were almond-shaped and emerald green, like mine. She was tall and had some meat to her, like me. Her skin was radiant pink with freckles. Here, standing in front of me, was the only other woman Bobby had ever loved. We stared into each other's eyes. I can only guess what she was thinking. The scowl on her face was worth a thousand words. Time seemed to stall out and we began to feel ill at ease.

Through it all, a strange feeling welled-up deep inside me. For the life of me, I don't know why I did what I did at that moment. I stuck my hand out like I was making a deal.

"So, what d'ya say, partner? Shall we give her a go?" I said it emphasizing my Georgian drawl like an actor in an old western.

And, Vanessa did quite the unexpected thing. She grabbed my hand and gave it one hard shake downwards.

As we walked together toward the restaurant's door, she shook her head in disbelief and grumbled, "Dear God, help us."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2010

    An amazing, touching, thoughtful story.

    "Bobby's Diner" by Susan Wingate just doesn't let up. It starts with a bang and then keeps rolling until the end. And, the end! Teary, sweet and sensitive. A must-read for people who enjoy a great woman's story.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

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    A love triangle after the husband dies. Ever wonder what people

    A love triangle after the husband dies. Ever wonder what people might say about you after you’re gone? And how the hell will the two women in your life get along. One sure way to find out is to leave your diner to them both. this is a fun, sad, and touching story about two women who learn a lot about each other and, while doing so, learn a lot about themselves.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

    Diner Dive

    The premise of Bobby's Diner is Bobby dies and leaves his diner to his Ex wife Vanessa and his current wife Georgette. In addition to that is a daughter, who never forgave Georgette or Bobby for tearing apart her family. With this in mind, I expected some high drama, before the ladies realized they needed to work together to make the restaurant a success. Then I hoped to enjoy a laugh while they tried to blend into a working a team with some added community drama put in the mix. Instead, it was life is rough and you just deal with it, and/or die. I found none of the characters meshing to give me that community feel, dysfunctional or otherwise. The author would give you a sterile description of one particular character and then shove them into the story. I didn't get the feel of people flowing together in to a comprehensive story and have them developing their identities in it. The ladies seem to reach a conflict and then just resolve the problem. Yet I couldn't see the solution in action. For example they had a conflict about the menu. Vanessa had an almost bullying attitude about wanting to serve diner food like they did in the old days and Georgette wanted to stick with her fancier fair. Georgette responded by showing her how to cook the new food and all was well. Another complaint I have is the author's need to insert the word of the day into various places in the book. I didn't find this to enhance the story but further alienate my ability to relate to the story. Near the end I just didn't care enough about the people in the book to really dwell on the ending. It was more about finishing the book so I could move on to another.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Whoever thought that fans of Sue Grafton and James Patterson would enjoy this book?

    This book is nothing that those readers would ever enjoy. Not even close. I can't read any more of this book even though I have in the past made myself finish every book that I started. It's just that poorly written and certainly nothing compared to James Patterston or Sue Grafton.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    A Book for People Who Find Themselves Lonely. I remember when I

    A Book for People Who Find Themselves Lonely. I remember when I lost my dad. My heart was broken and then a few years later, the marriage to the man of my dreams fell apart and before I knew it, I was divorced. I wish I had read this book beforehand. Even though this book is classified as a mystery/thriller, it's also inspiring and heartwarming. I loved this story. Thank you, Susan Wingate for writing this book.

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