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Everybody has a story....These are ours... Paperback – May 15, 2015
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" Audrey Lewis does a phenomenal job with this collection and leaves her readers wanting more".- Red City Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Audrey Lewis enjoys spending her free time with her family, working on creative projects such as furniture restoration, finding vintage treasures or a good game of scrabble. Nature tends to dictate some of her interests. She always enjoy connecting with nature in a variety of ways, beekeeping, growing vegetables in her garden, and capturing the world through a lens. When the day finally winds down, she enjoys turning on her laptop and getting down to work. Writing has provided her an additional creative outlet which she now is able to further explore after 25 years of running an International non-for-profit. Now as a published author she is able to finally give her writing the attention it has been longing. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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It's definitely five-star material but not quite. There's a message to walk away with, good or bad, with each story. With the good choice for the style/voice of writing/narration of the stories, most times the message just sorta floats into your subconscious without it seeming forced. Which is just the way it should be. However, there were a few where this didn't quite happen. It was almost as if you could feel too much where the author/story was going and I couldn't quite get into them. And one story, in particular, seemed like it had all the makings of going somewhere but the set up was too good for me to buy into, Saying Goodbye. The title and the content was a giveaway so I basically read it waiting for the end. The surprise ending did more to annoy me than send me into the deep emotional space that most of these stories accomplished with ease.
The Perfect Load, it seemed like it was going somewhere but not fast enough. Like it needed more than short story length in order for it to really sink in. I actually didn't quite make the connection with the title until long after I was finished the book. The same and more so with If Only You Could Hear Her Sing. It just seemed like something amazingly deep was floating somewhere in this story but it never quite hit. Almost as if the brilliant way in which the author tells all these shorts was what held it back. Too much real and not enough moving forward and it, along with Girls Night Out felt like they suffered from too much of the setup and not enough of the story. Got derailed by the mood and tone the author was trying to evoke within all the tales.
The rest of the stories, however, were a work of art. Especially Fading Frost. Heart-wrenching, heartfelt, warm and dark all at the same time. It was just brilliant. Composed of the right amount of realism and set up combined with plot moving devices and a perfect ending. It pretty much showcases everything that this author does well and then some. Writing at its finest.
Although I felt a few of these stories didn't quite live up to the potential of others there's no arguing with the depth and overall good writing of these stories. If you aren't afraid to have your heartstrings pulled a bit and stories that have real endings then this is definitely the book for you. It was a refreshing read and I would read more from this author.
This author has a way with words. She can find her way into your heart with her passionate writing and make you consider things from angles that you may not have done otherwise. You can tell that she cares about her craft, from the first pages of the evolving story, to the ending that leaves you feeling as if you know these people, in some cases, perhaps, that you have lived through these things yourself and can easily identify with them.
I love the way she uses dialogue to create her atmosphere. You can really feel the tension, the fear, heartbreak, happiness, everything through the way she writes. I am usually not much of a short story person, but these are too good to miss. The stories in this book match the title perfectly. These are "our" stories, because the author made sure that the audience would feel included.
I definitely recommend this book to those who are interested in family dynamics and relationships in general.
This review is based on a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
It is refreshing to see an author able to use words to create such vivid imagery. The lives of the characters became real to me. The feelings evoked in the poetry stayed with me, giving me something to think about, long after the last page was turned. This is a book to cherish, to hold onto, to re-read again and again.