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Love in a Hopeless Place (The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection Book 5) by [Calin, Emma]
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  • File Size: 3573 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gallo-Romano Media; 1.6 edition (June 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8K61QQ
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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 25, 2013
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Emma Calin is a British born author who lives in both France and the UK and has been writing since childhood - quite successfully - winning prizes for her short stories and poems. LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE is a boxed set of five novellas of which this title piece is the last installment. Not having read the other four entries may be a disadvantage, since it is not know whether the same characters participate in each of them. But this novella is a brave little work, well written, with a nice tangy after burn: it is rewarding to see women taking chances with a subject like this, but then Virginia Woolf, E.L. James, Colette, Mary Renault, Annie Proulx and others took the chances and they are famous for it.

This drama is related in the person of Lyn, a 42-year-old factory worker in a seedy place called Galactic Hygiene supplies (makers of condoms, tampons, soaps, toilet paper) who is married for over twenty year to Wayne, a trucker, and has a son Dale - a handsome bouncer at bars. Lyn doesn't feel sexually fulfilled until during a warehouse after work get together she has an encounter with the 38-year-old Suzy, a dance floor kiss that turns into an affair that surprises Lyn: for the first time in her life she feels completely adored and physically satisfied. How the affair works out as Wayne and Dale discover the tryst is the gist of the story - and there are several fine lessons to be gleaned from that.

Calin has found the right boundaries to graphically describe same sex physical moments without going overboard: she writes sensually and erotically but not pornographically. If more of Emma Calin's stories are of this quality she has a captive audience with women - and with men who are open to feminine same sex relationships. Grady Harp, September 13
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With a title like Love In A Hopeless Place, author Calin sets the scene before you begin reading. You will not be disappointed. Gritty, urban and with an inherent `seediness'; there is some powerful dialogue and the author does a superb job of tapping into the inner core of some pretty raw emotion. There is a touch of poignancy too, for a reality that does exist for some, but for many goes unseen. The emotional rollercoaster Lyn is on, wanting something she feels she isn't meant to have, something thrilling yet elicit, comes through very strongly. Is she merely hungry for attention or is it love? Life isn't always pretty...
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This isn't a bad story. It was interesting enough to keep me reading and 'flipping' through the pages. I can't say that I like all aspects of the story, but that doesn't make it bad.
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Emma Calin quickly brings you into the life of the heroine, Lyn, a factory worker. Middle aged and married to a lorry driver she's looking for something that is missing from her marriage. Lyn finds what she's looking for but is she prepared to suffer the consequences of her actions?

Emma's powerful voice makes you empathize with Lyn and root for her achieving what she wants in life. My only complaint would be that the story is too short.
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In the novelette "Love in a Hopeless Place," Lyn is an ordinary person working in a blue-collar job. Author Emma Calin skilfully draws the reader into the personal life of this warehouse worker, sharing with us Lyn's innermost emotions and desires. She takes us on a journey through a series of life-changing events as they are experienced by our main character. The detailed delivery of Lyn's intimate thoughts and feelings is so precise that we easily identify with her and are concerned for her future and her well-being. We worry for Lyn, smile and cry for her, and we applaud her courage in taking a step to find happiness after years of self-sacrifice and denial. I thoroughly enjoyed "Love in a Hopeless Place" and highly recommend this excellent novelette to other readers.
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