Ristretto Rain

Ristretto Rain

by J. Michael Michael Jones


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Halem is one of Seattle's finest coffee roasters and baristas. Sandra, a wealthy divorcee, rescues her from an abusive relationship and takes her away to create a world-class coffee shop in a remote village in Washington state's San Juan Islands. The Rock Harbor Coffee Roasters, her little shop, is perched on a bluff overlooking a beautiful marina. She has her regular customers, mostly commercial fishermen and eccentrics who have their own reasons for escaping mainstream society. She also serves a host of transient tourists arriving by boats each day. One morning, a mysterious and handsome man comes rowing in from the Pacific Ocean in a little wooden boat. He is the most remarkable man she's ever met. He has the uncanny ability to peer into her soul as well as her customer's most secret places, putting his finger on their greatest emotional conflicts. Halem has her own personal labyrinth, which is far more convoluted than just her abusive Seattle boyfriend but stretches back into unresolved grief as a child. During his short stay in the harbor, Winston helps several people navigate out of their personal quagmires. About this time, Sandra discovers that Winston is a liar and swindler and chases him out of their little village. But is it too late for Halem, as her heart is already lost to this man and is broken with his departure. Is Sandra correct? Can Halem find the truth? Is Winston the greatest man she's ever met...or the most conniving fraud? Will she find peace or unbearable heartbreak?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997759167
Publisher: Mount Erie Press
Publication date: 07/13/2020
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

J. Michael Jones has had a long professional career as a PA and migraine specialist. While writing articles for medical journals, he found a passion as a wordsmith. He has written three nonfiction books; Ristretto Rain is his third novel. He has devoted his career to writing since he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in early 2019 and had to give up his medical career. He is the proud father of five wonderful children, one Saint Bernard, and the husband of Denise. He lives in Anacortes, Washington, and writes in his house on a mountain lake...when he's not drinking fine coffee or sailing his wooden boat.

Table of Contents

Rock Harbor 8

Disinhibition 20

The Barista 31

Jordan's Crossing 48

Closing Time 56

Jamie 78

Kane 96

Wind and Rain 109

Winston 122

Halem 139

Dinner 142

Hank 152

Ms. Van Dijk 159

Sandra 172

Downfall 178

The Departure 189

Father 194

Mother 203

Return 214

The Search 218

Assignation 234

Afterward 251

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