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A huge cheer for Joseph Woodward’s first collection of short stories. Joe’s descriptive talent in sharing historical facts about his characters was a true pleasure to read. The Three Husbands of Annabelle, of course, was very dear to my heart, as Annabelle is my dear mother. He reminded me of and made me aware of her amazing life. I look forward to Joe’s future writing skills coming to life.”

Robin Weekes, Jonesborough TN.

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We enjoyed reading Annabelle’s history and learning about her interesting husbands and their adventures. The story of the Fernandez Brothers’ path to success is inspiring. And The OK Cafe – what a fun place to hang out with your friends. We hope this first installment will be followed by more of Joe’s narratives.”

Sam and Loie Jeromin

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If you like sitting around the kitchen table with a good cup of coffee listening to stories, you will most certainly enjoy this collection! Joseph Woodward’s easy story-telling style of writing draws you into the scene quickly with its humor and realism. Crack this one open with your favorite hot or cold beverage, sit back, and be entertained!

Klainie Nedoroscik

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Woodward has a knack for drawing his readers in with the first sentence. One is hard pressed to identify the point of juxtaposition between fact and fiction as he weaves his magic across the pages. The first work of his that I read was going to be a cursory review because I had an important commitment and didn’t want to be late. I found it impossible to put down The Three Husbands of Annabelle. An hour and a half later I called to cancel the appointment – and it was well worth it to have been able to relish and enjoy Woodward’s talents.

Tina Kautter

REVIEWED BY EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD FOR READER’S FAVORITE
Ernest is quite young when his mother dies. He and his older sister are saddened, but their housekeeper, Miss Adams, helps fill the gap. Unfortunately, Ernest’s father travels a lot, and, not fully recovered from the loss of his wife, finds someone else to fill the void. He brings home a new wife with five children of her own. While Ernest and his sister try to accept the new stepmother and her children, the stepmother makes life unbearable, especially for Ernest. The stepmother even manages to sever the special bond Ernest once shared with his father. The boy is bereft and at a loss as to how to survive in this unhappy home. Finally, at the age of seventeen, Ernest has taken all he can. He sneaks aboard a freighter and works his way to New York where he starts a new life.

Joseph Woodward’s Another Chance: No Place to Call Home is a family drama, unraveling the mysteries behind the author’s ancestor, Ernest Woodward. The story reads like a plot from a Catherine Cookson novel, complete with clever descriptive passages and intense characterization. The reader gets a strong sense of living in an upper-middle-class home in the late nineteenth century, in London England. The heart-wrenching story of a young boy whose life shatters slowly and painfully after his mother’s death is one that speaks profoundly of so many similar family situations in that era. A creative story in which the author has invited his readers into a real-life plot. An excellent read. Looking forward to book 2.

REVIEWED BY K.C. FINN FOR READERS’ FAVORITE
Another Chance: No Place to Call Home is a short work of literary fiction penned by author Joseph Woodward, and forms the first book of the Lost Between The Continents trilogy. Based on some of the real-life events which happened to the author’s grandfather, Ernest Woodward, this fictional tale tells the story of a young man growing up in London at the very turn of the twentieth century, who comes to America with the hopes of building a new, independent life. The character of Ernest lives up to his name, seeking an honest living and the chance to do well on his journey down the Ohio River. The love, faith, and gifts which he finds along the way make up a biopic journey and family drama.

Despite its relatively short length, this highly readable work chronicles a life well lived by a man who was clearly beloved by his family. The tale is told in different intervals where Ernest interacts with the members of his family, and I especially liked the fictionalized glimpses into his early life. Author Joseph Woodward does well to imagine and bring to life what it might have been like traveling on freighters and riverboats and toiling for your supper at such a hard time in early American history. I was also fascinated by the subplot of John Woodward and his development in the church. Overall, Another Chance gives a great start to what proposes to be a very interesting trilogy filled with family ties, good clear writing, and a strong sense of personal narrative.

REVIEWED BY JACK MAGNUS FOR READERS’ FAVORITE
Another Chance: No Place to Call Home is a literary fiction novella written by Joseph Woodward. The Woodward family name hailed from London, England, where Ernest Woodward was born and lived until he was seventeen years old. He was born in 1889 to Ruby and Malcolm Woodward, and Ernest had an older sister, named Flossie. Ruby’s health had steadily declined, however, and she died when Ernest was quite young. The five-year-old was doted upon by his father, Flossie, and Miss Adams, who acted as a mother to the two children and took care of the family when Mr. Woodward was away on business. When Ernest was 12, Malcolm met Catherine. She too had lost her husband, and the shared grief was a starting point in a friendship that quickly blossomed into something more. Malcolm was sure that her children and his would make a grand family, and his large house in town would ably fit them all. But there was something off about Catherine, something Malcolm’s children and Miss Adams instantly noted, even if Malcolm was oblivious to it.

Joseph Woodward introduces what he calls the “missing link” in his family history — those years his ancestor spent growing up in London, England before he emigrated to the United States and began working on the Ohio River. I was most impressed by the psychological insights the author displays in examining the life Ernest had before his father met Catherine and noting how it changed after she was installed in the household, and he was no longer considered the young master of the house. Another Chance is well-written and the author’s research into the culture and lifestyle of business-class Londoners at the time gives this historical fiction authenticity. His characters are well developed and credible, and the plot kept me involved and engaged at all times. Another Chance: No Place to Call Home: Lost Between the Continents, Book 1 is most highly recommended.

REVIEWED BY TRACY YOUNG FOR READERS’ FAVORITE
Ernest and Flossie were lucky children. They lived in London in the late 19th century with their loving father and a housekeeper who looked after them like a mother would. Their own mother was ill with pneumonia and they could only have short visits with her as she was so weak. Another Chance by Joseph Woodward is the first novel in a family saga that tells their tale. Unfortunately, late 19th century London was not the best place to have pneumonia and the children were left motherless at an early age. Miss Adams ran the household and looked after the children as their father, Malcolm, had to travel for work. Ernest and Flossie were close, and life seemed to get back to normal. Although they missed their mother, they spent quality time as a family. However, Malcolm was lonely and missed female companionship. A trip to Edinburgh led to a meeting with Catherine, the confident, self-assured assistant to a business contact. She made it clear that she was interested in Malcolm and he soon became involved with her. Moving both a new bride and a new family into their house was exciting at first for Ernest, but it soon became clear that his position in the family was changing.

Another Chance: No Place to Call Home is a great story and I look forward to reading the next part. Family life can be a minefield, and this is a classic tale of a family in disruption. Another Chance by Joseph Woodward is a well-researched tale of Victorian London and a successful businessman who is involved in a new era of trade. Woodward paints a vivid picture of a successful family that is reaping the rewards from the father’s success yet also describes the poverty and squalid areas near the docks. This is a realistic tale of a stepmother and her children and the impact they have on the household, especially Ernest. This true to life story will keep you riveted and ready for the next installment!

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