Winner - Feathered Quill Book Awards 2019


Debut Author - Second Place

 - Excellent romance story with a great twist that sets it apart from other love stories.  The setting also made this story strong and enjoyable. I was engaged throughout. 

Adult Fiction - Third Place

 - You have a wonderfully different love story that is well-written and quite enjoyable.  I look forward to reading more stories from you.  Keep up the great work! 

Richard Robbins, Author. The Reviews are In!


Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite - 5 Stars

Richard Robbins’s literary fiction novel, Love, Loss, and Lagniappe: A  Love Story That Defied the Laws of Nature, is a sweet and enthralling  tale about two lovers whose chance meeting resonates with each of them  for years. Robbins is the consummate guide to Tulane University and New  Orleans, and I loved getting to know that city through his story. While  I’ve read travel guides about New Orleans, somehow following Drew as he  showed “his city” to Kate helped me get a bit closer to the magic and  mystery of that historic place. The plot is engaging and unpredictable  in the best of ways, and the character study of Drew is unforgettable  and profound, especially his time spent on the road and on the  Appalachian Mountain Trail. Love, Loss, and Lagniappe: A Love Story That  Defied the Laws of Nature is most highly recommended.             

Reviewed by Lynette Latzko for Feathered Quill Book Reviews - A Great Read


Richard Robbins’ debut novel, Love, Loss and Lagniappe, is  not merely a simple romance novel, as the title states, of love and  loss. It is a far more complex tale that goes beyond entertainment and  encourages readers to think and consider a few concepts in life and  relationships such as love at first sight, and sacrifice for the good of  loved ones. Detailed descriptions of the cities in which Drew lived in  or traveled through paint a vivid picture throughout the novel.  Those  descriptions, coupled with a memorable cast of characters, will hook  readers from the sweet beginning, carefully guide them through the  tragic and shocking middle, and will gently take them to the bittersweet  ending. Love, Loss and Lagniappe will leave readers  (especially book groups) thinking about the events in this fast-paced  story and how it unfolds, and asking themselves, “What would I do in  this situation?” long after completion of this book.

Quill says: If you are looking for a great read with a little something extra, search no further, Love, Loss and Lagniappe is the novel for you.

Midwest Book Reviews - Very Highly Recommended

Critique: "Love, Loss, and Lagniappe " is all the more impressive  when considering that author Richard Robbins' debut as a novelist.  Written with a genuine flair for originality, Robbins has created a cast  of distinctive characters deftly embedded in a narrative driven,  exceptionally engaging story that holds the readers fully engaged  attention from beginning to end. While very highly recommended,  especially for community library Contemporary General Fiction, it should  be noted for personal reading lists that "Love, Loss, and Lagniappe" is  also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $3.99,    

Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite - 5 Stars

This is a fast-paced novel, with great moments of joy and devastating  moments of heartbreak and sadness. Drew is the main character, and how  he deals with life-changing moments are the foundation of this  captivating novel. His choices are authentic and powerful yet could  easily be misunderstood. There are layers of meaning, and an astute  reader will dig in and truly relish the nuances within this plot. There  is nothing like a long walk to clear the mind and discover life’s  meanings. Author Richard Robbins has skillfully crafted a thoughtful  romantic fictional work in Love, Loss and Lagniappe: A Love Story That  Defied the Laws of Nature. This is much more than a romantic story!                  

Reviewed by Benjamin Ookami for Readers' Favorite - 5 Stars

Though this five-part novel starts out as one, this is not a  romance story. Robbins puts a scintillating spotlight on those difficult decisions we have to make sometimes so that the people we love  can remain happy. Even so, one reads this book hoping that Drew does  not remain on his path. Providing a scientific answer as to what the  meaning of life is at the end, Richard Robbins certainly inspires his readers to do what they believe to be the right thing.                 


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