I read a great variety of genres and subjects, but one thing I adore about this author's writing is her ability to tell a simple, straight-forward story and engage the reader with her characters. There's nothing blindingly dramatic or new about this story Soup, it's a simple story about a group of people whose lives get intertwined through first a book nook/cafe and then through a soup kitchen for the down and outs. It is a romance, but it's a human romance, without the hunks and the studs. These people are real and we can readily identify with them.
If you think of it like a movie, Soup is an ensemble cast. There are no real stars in this book, just a parade of believable, real people who meet, find each other and ultimately fall in love. If you like feel-good, honest to goodness stories, then you cannot go past the books penned by this lady. She has the story-telling ability in spades. I give this five stars, without any reservations. Give it a try and experience excellent indie stories.
I'm already looking at the next Gascoigne I can get my hands on. I love this author. She should go far!