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  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (20 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491048247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491048245
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,982,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writing came late in life for me. I believe the desire had always been there, however, the everyday challenges of getting through the work week kept me too busy to find enough time for myself and the pursuit of what I really wanted to do.
By far, the biggest rewards with finishing "Yesterday in the Cavern's Dark" is acknowledgement and sharing my most inner thoughts with you the reader. I relish feed back--your reviews. If I could, I would join you in some quaint coffee(or tea)room nearby so I could explain how close to the heart this novel was for me to write. There you and I would sit as I listen and see in your eyes the scenes as they played out for you. And finally, to thank you for your interest. --Adrian Del Valle

About Curby; Unlike my other works, I had, from the start, intended for "Curby" to be a short novel that I could offer to my readers as an introduction for my other books at a very affordable cost. The responses, although overwhelmingly positive, expressed a desire for a more lengthy and in depth storyline. For those readers, I share in their ideas, and so, perhaps someday in the future, Curby can return to face his birth mother.


About the Author

My early life was spent being shuttled from a Catholic institution and then on to foster home after foster home. At age eight I was finally brought home to my father and grandmother. Soon after, my father remarried. Today, I am indebted to my father and wonderful stepmother for giving my brother and I a loving family household.
In the first eight years at foster homes, I learned to build a protecting world around myself, an imagined world that only that little boy controlled. I saw in those thoughts and daydreams the places I would go and be a part of. Perhaps that is what drew from within me the strong desire to create--to compose stories like; "Curby" and "Yesterday in the Cavern's Dark, of fire spirits and men".
Now retired, I reside in the state of Pennsylvania with my two parakeets and two dogs, Cisco, a miniature Dachshund and Sam, a golden retriever that weighs a hefty 110 lbs. (50 Kilos)

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About the Author

I was eight months old when my mother, due to extreme poverty, had to put my older brother and I into a Catholic institution immediately after World War II. Three years later we were moved to the first of two foster homes. Those were not the best years of our lives. Discipline was harsh, while nurturing and affection, unfortunately was absent. My brother was ten and I was eight when my father was finally allowed custody and brought us home. At the time, he owned a house in downtown Brooklyn, and fortunately for us, it was filled with family members. That second half of my childhood was totally different from the first. During that first half of my childhood, the void left helped me write this story. Though not as tragic as the alternative outcome could have been for our character, Curby, the wonderful nurturing this little boy receives from his adopting parents in this story is the nurturing I wish I could have had.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CA Read on 17 Jan. 2014
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An easy book to read. Unrealistic in places but believable just the same. The tragic story of a teenage pregnancy, an abandoned baby found by a kind street cleaner who sees the opportunity to fulfill the wish of his terminally ill partner to be a mum. They raised the child as their own, until one day after his "mum" dies Curby is found wanting the streets and his"dad" finds himself in a custody battle. I was left feeling a little disappointed with the end and feeling pity for the natural mother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toffeebabe on 19 Dec. 2013
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Nice easy short read. Doesn't require too much thought to get your head around. Liked the way the story built up, but thought it rattled through the court scene too quickly to bring the story to conclusion however, nice to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By katrina callaby on 14 Jan. 2014
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Fantastic book I would love to of been there sounds like curvy has a great role model some one to look up to
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Alexander on 15 Dec. 2013
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This was a sweet story about a couple who find an abandoned baby and keep him as theirs. Everything's great until after his moms death when nanny leaves the door open and he wanders off which means a fight between his dad and the city. A wonderful short read.
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By Signature on 12 Jun. 2014
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What a lovely story, a nice little read, not exciting or over the too, just nice. Give it a go.
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By diana on 9 Mar. 2014
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Only a shirt read but very good and touching.
Would recommend to anyone who is a softie at heart .
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By Debi on 7 Mar. 2014
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very easy read. would have been better if the court case lasted longer and made the story more interesting. can read in less than a day very short.
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By Rebecca Brewster on 26 Feb. 2014
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Well written book. Enjoyed reading this. Would like to hopefully read a second one or one of similar story line.
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