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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Autobiography of Corrine Bernard

The elusive lover of Do Not Find Me returns to tell her side of the story in The Autobiography of Corrine Bernard. From her hapless childhood under Nazi occupation to her life as a woman of letters in present-day New York City, Corrine remains scrappy and wise. As a schoolgirl in Paris, she goes her own way, disinterested in most friendships, intensely drawn to the heroines she finds in literature and daring in the favors she is willing to trade with boys. When she is seventeen, she travels to America to visit her godmother and meets Charles Bernard, whose wealth and ruthlessness will alter the entire course of her life.
In a bold and mesmerizing voice, Corrine details her intense pull towards Charles, her lifelong attraction to the blue-eyed Italian named Gigi Paulo, and her observations of Paris, New York, St. Johns and London as she roams in exile for decades of her life. Dear Reader, she begins, I have my tales to tell. And so she does in this dark and compelling novel.
Corrine will surprise you, confide in you and ultimately win you, despite her ferocious and singular ways. The severed heart beats wildly beneath the floor boards. Do you hear it, she asks. By the end of her story, you will, dear reader, you will.

The Autobiography of Corrine Bernard (Literature)
By Kathleen Novak
The Permanent Press
ISBN #978-1579625405
216 Pages
Price $29.95 (Hardback)
Price $9.95 (Kindle)
Rating 4-Stars

In the characterization, first person narrative, we’re treated to the biography of the title character, as we read her journey and adventures as she tells them to us in a voice always her own. And she keeps the reader mesmerized as those tales play out.

Although not me regular reading fare, the prospect of this book tempted me to read it, and the writing kept me turning the pages until the end of the saga. Probably not what most of my readers want, yet I think it will keep most wanting to learn more as they read into the so-called biography of Corrine Bernard. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson


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