Coffee and Fate by R.J. Erbacher

Val is your average run of the mill college student.  She has a roommate Jean and friends she enjoys  hanging out with…

Bud is an elderly man…. having raised his own kids, and now enjoying now only their kids, but also their kids-kids, his life is full.

Yet both Val and Bud hold a secret.

Val has a power within her that can push and pull people and has saved lives….  Bud has visions of future events that he can see not only the event itself, but also how the future changes due to these events….

Together they can make a difference.


I am not really sure what I thought I was going to be reading when I chose this book for review.   I can assure you it turned out to be nothing like I could have imagined.    The characters of Val and Bud are both likable and I liked the ideas of these hidden powers (think Hero’s)….

As I started getting into the heart of the book there was something about the Val/Bud relationship that just didn’t sit right with me.  I do not want to give away too much but I have to say there is a point in this book that bordered on creepy, uncomfortable…. and well… awkward.

Honestly, it came to a point where I almost stopped reading.

What kept me going?  If you can make it through the “Oh Gah!  Did that just happen?”.… and take a deep breath and move on…. there is a storyline deeper within the surface story that is actually amazing.

I can’t say that I ever fully recovered from the one part of the book… but I can say that in the end it wraps up incredibly with a powerful happening that left me in tears that only come when I have just experienced something incredible.  I can certainly say that I hope there is a sequel as I would love to know what happens next.

Amazon Rating

Cover Story:  I like it….At first glance of course it is the coffee cup that draws me in but then if you look closely at the smoke it is a skull…..   leaves you thinking, “what is up with that?”

I received this book for review from the author

About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on November 27, 2010, in Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Is it a skill or a skull? :D

    At first I thought that maybe this isn’t a book for me, butthe end of your review gives it more promise.

  2. Ooh, this one isn’t my cup of tea (or coffee…LOL). I like the coffee cup on the cover, but not the other image!

    • I didnt catch that on the cover until I had the book Laurel… although… I am not sure if the skull part fits as it is not really about death…. actually it is more about saving lives and there is nothing gory….

  3. I really enjoyed this one — I found the one part to be a bit unsettling, but I think that was to be expected, but it was one that made sense amidst the overall story line and the discussion of fate, destiny, etc. For me, the book provided a really good debate about life — it was such a completely unexpected and fascinating story.

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