Patricia Moore is coming of age. The age is menopause. And she might not survive it.
Her growing pains include not only hot flashes but sharp pangs of loneliness. Her daughter is away at college. Her dear Sheltie, Zoomie, still loves her ex-husband, who’s got new muscles and a new girlfriend. And then there’s the sudden, teenage-hormone levels of lust she feels for her psychotherapist.
She’s wound up in therapy because of her abusive work situation: her boss is evil, and one of her alternative education students has attacked Patti in the classroom, leaving her almost voiceless.
As she faces these savage threats to her health, dignity, career, heart, and sanity, Patti discovers help from an unexpected source: the cassette tapes left behind by her grandfather, a one-armed veteran of WWII.
Pappap’s account of survival after being shot down behind enemy lines provides an example that may be just what she needs to dig herself from the depths of depression, revive her dormant inner power, and stand up for her principles while staying true to herself—and maybe she’ll even find her inner sexy.
Both funny and inspiring, perfect for fans of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Gilmore Girls, StumpStrong weaves modern and historical struggle and romance, its story unfolding through Patti’s diary, her Pappap’s tapes, text messages with her daughter, quotes from Rudyard Kipling, and much more.
Praise for StumpStrong
“Nicki Pascarella is a fresh and fun new voice in women’s fiction. Her debut novel, Stump Strong, will have you commiserating with the protagonist, Patti, as she faces some serious and tough struggles and laughing out loud as she looks at life through a humorous lens.”
“I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants a feel-good read that makes you want to tell your next birthday to kiss your tail.”
“Nicki Pascarella has written one of the best novels I have read in a long time. Pascarella’s writing style takes you to a town that we all want to live in with its modern yet neighborly feel. Her dialogue is fresh and sassy.”
“With humor and pathos, Nicki Pascarella provides a heart-wrenching tribute to her grandfather’s heroic journey in World War II from a contemporary fiction perspective, weaving protagonist Patti’s personally funny, provocative, and challenging life struggles with flashbacks to her grandfather’s story, transcribed from his own recordings.”
“This is a modern-day story of struggle and romance, charmingly told, wrapped around a compelling account of one airman’s heroism in WW2. Great read!”
“Powerful Theme Based On Courage And Principles”
“The grandfather’s WWII experiences present powerful reflections and examples of strength and perspective. To me some scenes are reminiscent of “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Gilmore Girls,” and Janet Evanovich’s “Stephanie Plum Series;” all of which I love. Family and community offer strength and comfort to Patti as she rediscovers her dormant inner power while staying true to herself and standing up for her principles. You’ll be rooting for her and delighting in her journey.”
“I loved the writing style in this book. The diary entries of Patricia brings an unadulterated version of her character before the readers. The narration alternates between Patricia’s story (her diary entries) and her grandfather’s records, giving the best of both worlds, feel good content on one side and war drama and inspiration on the other.”
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With the help of two hyperactive Shetland Sheepdogs, Nicki writes Women's fiction, Sexy Mysteries, Humor, and Romance for The Wild Rose Press. She also coaches writers and edits for the MediaCasters. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and teenage daughter. When she isn't writing you will find her running and belly dancing.