Matters of the Heart – July 7, 2021

Join us with authors Barbara Spinelli, Eileen Resta, and Ellis Goodman.

Barbara Spinelli, author of “The Letters: Memoir of Love, Loss and Restoration” – The Letters is much more than a compelling love story. It is an intimate view into a woman’s mind and heart and a soldier’s life through his correspondence during the Vietnam War. The author believes she has securely put aside her grief from the loss of a man she was to marry so long ago, only to have it re-emerge as a result of a chance meeting linking her to the past. Retrieving the letters takes her back to the beginning, uncovering the layers of love, pain, and insight resulting from rediscovering a love so potent that it has lasted a lifetime and beyond. It upholds the belief that life exists outside of our physical being, that deep love never dies and although there are circumstances we may not understand, there is a cosmic thread running through our lives.


Eileen Resta, author of “I’ll Wait For You: An Adoption Memoir” – A search … a phone call … a journey home. Join author Eileen Mary Coyne Resta—née Marie Monique Comtois—as she discovers the family she never knew, and the mother who never gave up hope.


Melissa Face, author of “I Love You More Than Coffee” – Are you trying to balance raising a family with maintaining your own identity? Have you ever been so exhausted that you showed up to a meeting carrying your baby’s diaper bag instead of your briefcase? In her debut collection, I Love You More Than Coffee, Melissa Face writes about the emotions we all experience as parents: anticipation, joy, fear, guilt, and worry. Whether you are a new or seasoned parent, you will find common ground in Melissa’s heartfelt, humorous, and authentic stories of her life with two young children. If you love coffee a lot and your kids (a little) more, this book is for you. Fill your mug with your favorite brew and settle in with I Love You More Than Coffee. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

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