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Sharp's characters are a mix of ages and genders, whose stories are told in the first and third person. This results in an interesting variety of perspectives on humanity, relationships and romance.
I particularly liked Dear David, written in an epistolary format, about a rekindled romance, Just the Shot, about a grandfathers gift to his grandson, and The Locket, the story of a secret love.
Despite the brevity of each contribution, Sharp is able to inspire emotion in the reader and communicate the action succinctly. More often than not, the stories hold a twist that veers away from the expected. The prose and dialogue is well-crafted, if sometimes a touch too formal.
Like Sharp's previous collections, Encore is a pleasant and easy read.
All sorts of elements play a part in these stories: fate, love, betrayal, family and relationships, just for a start.
On the surface, the short tales are fairly simple, but appearances are deceptive, as the stories show. These stories are glimpses of incidents and happenings which become turning points for the characters. Running behind all the characters, the reader picks up a sense of who these people really are and what their other life is like.
Point-of-view varies between male and female, and the themes of self-doubt, a desire to be loved and unrequited love are well explored.
Ms Sharp has a knack for authentic dialogue which for me was very well displayed in At Sixteen: Annie’s Story.
I think my favourite story was the intriguing, The Locket, which for me typified the unpredictable nature of life reflected in the stories.
A thoroughly enjoyable collection.
My favourite story was actually the first one, "At Sixteen: Annie's Story".
With sixteen year old Annie living with her sister Sarah, and husband William because their parents are over in Paris, where they have been living and working for the past six months, she feels a little rebellious. Though Sarah feels a little nervous at the responsibility of being in charge of Annie, she feels Annie is a good girl. But when she finds Annie has been keeping company with an older man, she becomes worried. And as things escalate out of control, Sarah needs all her wiles about her to prevent a disaster in Annie's life. Beautifully crafted with a clever twist at the end...
There are some editing errors which I came across in the book, but they didn't detract from my enjoyment. It's a quick, easy read, with light entertainment throughout, one I would recommend to all romance lovers out there.
Thanks to the author for my copy of this book to read and review.