Love, Loss, and Lagniappe

Love, Loss, and Lagniappe

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A love story that defied the laws of nature....

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Literary Fiction

WINNER: Feathered Quill Book Award - Silver Medal: Debut Author

WINNER: Feathered Quill Book Award - Bronze Medal: Adult Fiction

WINNER: Readers' Favorite Book Award - Bronze Medal: Fiction - Southern

"If you are looking for a great read with a little something extra, search no further; Love, Loss, and Lagniappe is the novel for you." ~ Feathered Quill Book Reviews

Life is good for Dr. Drew Coleman, a successful young eye surgeon living in Uptown New Orleans, and he knows it. Having met and married his beautiful medical school classmate, Kate, the two settle happily into the routine of raising their two young daughters.

Drew's charmed life is soon shattered by devastating news, causing him to go on a ten-year transcontinental journey of self-discovery, during which he explores the nature of God and Man, the divine inspiration for many of New York's landmarks and artistic treasures, and the relationship between the found and the lost souls passing on the street. He meets a number of memorable characters, including the young blue-haired runaway, Blue, who renounced her given name when forced to leave her Minnesota home with her girlfriend, Anna.

In time, he discovers and explains the scientific basis for the meaning of life, and is finally found, or finds himself, setting the stage for a bittersweet and memorable ending.

"Love, Loss, and Lagniappe is all the more impressive when considering that [it's] author Richard Robbins' debut as a novelist. Written with a genuine flair for originality, Robbins has created a cast of distinctive characters deftly embedded in a narrative-driven, exceptionally engaging story that holds the readers' fully engaged attention from beginning to end. ...very highly recommended, especially for community library Contemporary General Fiction..." ~ Midwest Book Review

Evolved Publishing presents a contemporary literary exploration of the emotional and psychological depths of great personal loss, and one man's journey toward self-discovery... again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622538218
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication date: 10/22/2018
Edition description: First Softcover ed.
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

AUTHOR: Richard's first novel, the award-winning Love, Loss, and Lagniappe was inspired by actual events in his life, and utilizes his Medical and Business School background to explore the journey of self-discovery after heartbreaking loss, while revealing the scientific basis for the meaning of life. (You'll have to read it to find out!) Richard's next novel, Panicles, explores the price of fame and fortune through the eyes of two families, one wealthy and powerful, the other blue collar, from a chance meeting at a Florida poolside, to the highest levels of politics and power. This sweeping saga of love, war, money, and power leaves each family weighing their duty to their family versus service to their country. It all leads to a fateful choice-a sacrifice-which could change the course of history. Richard lives in New York City and New Orleans with his love and inspiration, Lisa, his wife of thirty years (and counting), near their beloved grown children.

EDITOR: Lane Diamond has over 160 published books (anc counting) to his editing credit, including many multiple award-winners, across many genres and styles.

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Love, Loss, and Lagniappe 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel about a man dealing with overwhelming grief, guilt and redemption. (among other things) Mr. Robbins writes with a keen eye for the human condition, his characters are well drawn and his insights are interesting and often times funny. His attention to detail is uncanny, especially when it comes to describing locations. It was a smooth, easy and thought-provoking read and i highly recommend it. Already looking forward to his next novel, Panicles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Richard Robbins’ first novel, Love, Loss and Lagniappe, is a complex work about love, loss in the relationship and search for meaning of life. Detailed vivid descriptions of locations, in which main character lived and travel through, brings nice additional complexity to the story line. Love, Loss and Lagniappe will make readers reflect on multiple twists and turns in the story and make them wonder “What would I do in these situations?”. Roman
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
When Drew Coleman was a student at Tulane University, he spent time as a tour guide leading prospective students around the university campus. He enjoyed this time meeting new people and talking with them about university life, but never suspected that he would one day meet a girl, Kate, who would later become the love of his life. Perhaps a bit of kismet was at play, because despite the fact that Kate decided against choosing Tulane for her undergraduate studies, and several years had passed, Drew and Kate met each other again while attending Tulane medical school. Thus began a sweet courtship that the couple managed to squeeze in between classes and studying, which eventually led to them both attending parties and going on an extended vacation together. Nearly a decade and a half later, Drew and Kate’s relationship blossomed into a wonderful, loving marriage, complete with two children of their own. Drew, an ophthalmologist and Kate, a rheumatologist, led a wonderful life together raising their children until, unfortunately, tragedy struck their perfect world, and turned it upside down completely. This came as such a powerful shock to Drew that it caused him to initially run away from the situation and eventually morph into embarking on a decade’s walking journey of self-discovery. During this time Drew not only covers a vast physical distance, meeting and interacting with some interesting characters, but he also navigates an immense philosophical distance, and is able to come out of both successfully. Richard Robbins’ debut novel, Love, Loss and Lagniappe, is not merely a simple romance novel, as the title states, of love and loss. It is a far more complex tale that goes beyond entertainment and encourages readers to think and consider a few concepts in life and relationships such as love at first sight, and sacrifice for the good of loved ones. Detailed descriptions of the cities in which Drew lived in or traveled through paint a vivid picture throughout the novel. Those descriptions, coupled with a memorable cast of characters, will hook readers from the sweet beginning, carefully guide them through the tragic and shocking middle, and will gently take them to the bittersweet ending. Love, Loss and Lagniappe will leave readers (especially book groups) thinking about the events in this fast-paced story and how it unfolds, and asking themselves, “What would I do in this situation?” long after completion of this book. Quill says: If you are looking for a great read with a little something extra, search no further, Love, Loss and Lagniappe is the novel for you.