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Karen's Story - The Museum of Fractured Lives [Kindle Edition]

Sally Jenkins
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Book Description

Karen’s Story - The Museum of Fractured Lives


“Sally Jenkins has done it again! With an excellent concept, Sally is causing quite a wave with her stories of betrayal and guilt. These are brilliantly written accounts with a special twist in the telling that draws the reader right into the drama. Realistic, intriguing and yet tragic,” Bil Howard for Readers’ Favorite


Karen’s Story is the second in The Museum of Fractured Lives series.


The café in the Museum of Fractured Lives is a place for sharing secrets and exploring painful memories.

Karen appears to be a confident business woman in her late forties but her story is pure selfishness. It is the tale of a single woman's quest to find a man to father her baby. She tempts a work colleague to commit adultery. But he has a secret and their affair has devastating consequences.

Karen's donation to the museum is the phone she gave to her lover so that they could communicate without the knowledge of his wife.

The Museum of Fractured Lives displays objects donated by people who have suffered a trauma in their lives. The objects are a symbol of that trauma.

When accepting a donation, the museum employees try to obtain the full story behind the object.

Each book in The Museum of Fractured Lives series tells the story of one donated object and the person who has given it.

This is a ‘flash’ novella of approximately 8,500 words.



Sally Jenkins is a British author who specialises in shorter length fiction.


Reviews of Maxine’s Story - the first Museum of Fractured Lives novella:


“I thought this was a truly excellent novella.” Mr N. Daws

“I thought this story was nothing short of beautiful.” Eva J. Easterby

“Such inventiveness in expressing the human condition.” Mrs Susan E. Wood



Further books set in The Museum of Fractured Lives:
Maxine’s Story - A teenage romance which casts a long shadow into adulthood

Editorial Reviews

Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite:
"Sally Jenkins has done it again! The Museum of Fractured Lives: Karen's Story is even better than the first. With an excellent concept, Sally is causing quite a wave with her stories of betrayal and guilt. These are brilliantly written accounts with a special twist in the telling that draws the reader right into the drama. Realistic, intriguing and yet tragic, The Museum of Fractured Lives: Karen's Story takes the series to another level and ensures a solid future for The Museum of Fractured Lives."

Product Details

  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Publisher: Tango Press; 1.0 edition (January 16, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F3FMHSK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,503,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fractured lives December 9, 2013
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I love this concept and wish there was such a place for many of us to take our burdens to and release them. A cleansing of the soul is always a good thing
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fractured review? October 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Sally Jenkins has written for the most part an interesting, entertaining and provocative story. The story revolves around Karen, a 38 year old successful woman who becomes aware that her biological clock is ticking and her need for a baby has become her priority. To this end, she is on the look out for a potential father.
The story is well told but does at times fall into a Mills and Boon cliche. There are also some elements in the story that either don't ring true or simply don't work. The one sex scene is funny rather than erotic: "My hand went to his trousers - there was no doubt that he was more than pleased to see me."
When Karen's search for a potential father makes her think of using a dating site she states that she hopes not to find "nerdy anoraks." Apart from this being a rather stereotypical view of dating sites (and nerdy anoraks for that matter)it also contradicts Karen's earlier credentials for a suitable father, "Great looks were no longer important. I didn't care anymore if a man's dress sense wasn't perfect...I wasn't looking for someone to show off at work functions."
I did enjoy the story and especially like the idea of a Museum for Fractured Lives but I really did not like the Karen character or John Crewe and as such I believe this could potentially hinder one's enjoyment of the story.
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More About the Author

Sally Jenkins is based in the UK and specialises in shorter fiction for a range of competitions and magazines. Sally also produces the odd article on writing-related topics.

When she is not tapping away at a keyboard, Sally enjoys Body Combat classes and church bell-ringing.

She would advise all would-be writers to join a local class or group. Writing is a frustrating, solitary pursuit and meeting other like-minded people is necessary to stop yourself going mad!

Details of Sally's budget priced critique service for new writers can be found on her blog at www.sallyjenkins.wordpress.com


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