Spin The Plate by Donna Anastasi
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Black Rose Writing (May 27, 2010)
Spin the Plate is the story of Jo, a woman who has come through a traumatic childhood not battered and broken, but powerful and enraged. A tattoo artist by day, she roams the streets of Boston nightly to forget her past and feed her two passions: rescuing mistreated creatures and inflicting bodily harm on their perpetrators. Unassuming and unafraid, Francis, a man harboring his own back story, is the one person Jo can’t seem to scare off. Right from the start, he sees clearly the caring soul buried deep within Jo’s hard exterior and puts into motion a succession of life-altering happenings for them both.
It is hard to imagine two characters as unique as Jo and Francis, yet Anastasi places them so convincingly in the world we know that it makes you take a fresh look at the people you pass on the street and wonder about what back story they may be hiding. Every character in this book, including the minor ones, has a distinct personality and practically jumps off the page into your world.
This is a very different read from what I’m used to. Jo is a tatto artist with a dark side. She’s put walls up to keep her from being hurt, because her childhood was full of betrayal, pain and horrible things no child should ever have to endure.
She spends her time working, taking care of strays she finds on her nightly walks and rescuing any child she see’s being mistreated.
One day she meets Francis and her world begins to change. She finds the walls cracking and crumbling and discovers that she can be loved and love in return.
This was a very good book. I’m so glad I decided to read something I wouldn’t normally read. It was so much more than I thought it would be and I know I’ll be reading more from this author.
Meet The Author:
Donna Anastasi is the 2011 Living Now Book Awards, Women’s Fiction Gold Medal recipient for her debut novel Spin the Plate (Black Rose Writing). Ms. Anastasi also wrote the popular, five star rated, Complete Guide to Gerbil Care in 2005 and a chinchilla handbook in 2008 (Bowtie Press). She lives north of Boston in Hollis, New Hampshire with her husband, two teenaged daughters, and an ever-changing menagerie.
Spin the Plate, published by Black Rose Writing, is an Edgy, Inspirational, Christian-themed love story.
You can visit her website HERE