- Paperback: 154 pages
- Publisher: Pressing On Press, Inc (May 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986221309
- ISBN-13: 978-0986221309
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,584,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everybody has a story....These are ours... Paperback – May 15, 2015
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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.
Each and every story has its own unique feel to it, lending a very real quality to the narrating characters. Every single word is battered with feelings and deep fried in sentiment. There is a loose smattering of small editing mistakes throughout, which instead of taking anything away from the stories, they add a feel-good quality to them and bring even more of a reality to the characters.
At the end of the book, I found what I consider to be a great idea. There are carefully crafted book club discussion points that both provoke a deeper contemplation of the stories and potentially provide the author with feedback. I was glad that addition was made and I hope I see more of that in the future.
All in all, I was taken and my interest was held captive during each story. I thought the artistic value of the book as a whole was a bold thing to leave intact through edits, and to be quite frank, I was more than pleased with the way that worked in this situation.