Book Of The Day – The Year Of Soup

by Ron on September 30, 2015

Today’s Book of the Day is a Romance novel by award-winning author Howard Reiss and it’s 67% off for a limited time. The Year of Soup has a 4.5 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2!

“This novel is perfect for a night by the fire with a big bowl of soup. The author does a wonderful job of making Circa and the entire town come to life.” Rachel – Amazon Reviewer

The Year of Soup
by Howard Reiss
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Romance
Price: $0.99 save $2


Award-Winning Author

At the age of 30, Tess has had three jobs and three significant relationships with two men and one woman – each lasting three years. Drifting through life, confused about her sexuality, Tess decides to live a life of celibacy and to open up a restaurant devoted to soup. Tess has a talent for making soups with strong medicinal and spiritual qualities – something passed down from her great-great grandmother, a descendant of one of the Salem witches.

In the second week of the restaurant’s opening, an elderly professor of English, Roger Beanstock, comes in at closing time. “Beany,” haunted by his own past has lived a celibate life devoted to his work. He visits the restaurant every Thursday night for the next year to share soup and wine with Tess, which she calls the Year of Soup, before taking his life. Shortly after Beany’s death, Tess meets Jim at the restaurant, a furniture maker with his own reasons for keeping to himself. It is through a series of letters that “Beany” has left for Tess that she learns the truth about the Professor, is able to come to terms with her own sexuality, and discover Jim’s own tragic secret that will change both of their lives.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

A fascinating story about a woman unsure of where she wants to go in life. She decides to open up a soup shop in a small town in Massachusetts and the local townsfolk she meets change her life forever. I was fully engaged from the first page to the last. I couldn’t put this book down!


This was a well-written, character driven story that had two very distinct and strong voices. Exploring love, loss and regret the characters invited you into their close-knit community where there was no other option but to pull up a chair, immerse yourself in their lives and have some soup. I only wish the recipes were included.


A good read for my book club, you want to keep turning the pages with the character situations, their interesting and mysterious past, the philosophy and quotes from English literature, the setting, all told a good book that can even help us think through our own issues.


It was difficult to put this book down and therefore I didn’t. I recommend you pick up a copy if you have a few days to spend with Tess, Beany and the rest of the gang thinking about love and dreaming about soups.


This was a fantastic book! Like any great book, these characters were so fully developed that you felt they were your best friends. I enjoyed the love stories, the soup, the history, and the poetry. Everything about The Year of Soup was addicting. This book really has something for everyone.

Get The Year of Soup here: The Year of Soup

The Laws of Attraction is Howard Reiss’ third novel.
Howard Reiss’ second novel, The Year of Soup was inspired by a dinner at a small restaurant in Northampton, Mass. when an old professorial looking gentlemen with a bottle of wine in a paper bag sat down at a table in the corner and was immediately joined by the young, female proprietor and chef. Although he couldn’t hear their conversation, he tried to imagine it and their stories as well. This novel received the Silver Medal for Best Fiction in the North-East Region at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2013.

Howard Reiss’ first novel, A Family Institution, published in 2011, was based on a true incident involving the discovery of an aunt hidden from the family who spent most of her life in Pilgrim State Hospital. The main character’s quest for the truth about what happened takes him to Pilgrim State where he takes a job in the records department, learns a lot about how the mentally ill and, in particular, his aunt was treated in the 1950s, and in the process turns his life and family upside down. It’s a serious subject approached with a strong comic touch and has been a growing favorite of book clubs around the country.

Howard Reiss is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia Law School. He won writing prizes at both institutions, but confined his creative energies for the first 25 years after graduation to designing greeting cards and writing songs for his wife and daughters on the guitar. He also wrote a law book, which sat proudly on his parents’ coffee table. Howard helped found a soup kitchen in Nyack, New York where he lives and runs, supports book publishers by buying more books than he can possibly find the time to read, and is somewhere north of 50.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Howard Reiss and ENT appreciate it.


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