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Love, Now and Then by [Margaret Lynette Sharp]

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Review of 'Of Love and Secrets' :one of the two stories in this anthology.Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

 Reeling from her breakup with boyfriend James, eighteen-year-old Jenny is heartbroken and goes out of her way to avoid him at all costs. Jenny's mother, Vicki, puts their romance down to having been nothing more than puppy love, causing much tension in the house. When invited to a friend's party, Jenny accepts the invitation and attends. At the party, Jenny meets Richard who is in his early twenties, independent and drives his own car. Richard takes Jenny home after the party and it isn't long before the two become inseparable, with Jenny staying out later as each night passes. Vicki constantly criticizes Jenny and puts Richard down, driving Jenny's self-esteem into the ground. After Richard finds a roommate (who happens to be female) to share his flat in order to cut down on his expenses, Vicki tries even harder to drive a wedge between Jenny and Richard, but only succeeds in pushing Jenny even further away. Jenny's father, John, takes quite a shine to Richard, as the two share a passion for photography. When Richard receives a job offer in Melbourne, Vicki almost suffocates Jenny with her snide remarks about what a pig Richard is for dumping her so unceremoniously. Unable to leave Sydney due to her studies, Jenny is distraught and starts to believe her mother's insults... until Richard proposes. With her whole future now entirely in her own hands, little does Jenny know that the engagement ring on her finger is about to bring about a shock revelation which shakes her whole world.

So much suspense! Never has a book had me questioning a man's motives as much as Margaret Lynette Sharp's romantic tale. As much as I loathed Jenny's mother for being so cruel to her daughter and crushing her spirits, I couldn't help but wonder when Jenny would fall for her mother's lies, go back to James or even be assaulted by her new love, whether physically or verbally. For the entire duration of the story, I waited for something terrible, as I knew Vicki to be the I-told-you-so type of person who is relentless in being a control freak and hurting others' feelings. Jenny's parents are definitely opposites, but they say opposites attract. Regardless, I could not find a single reason anybody would fall in love with somebody so cold and heartless. All in all, however, I very much enjoyed the direction in which Of Love and Secrets travelled, including the shock ending, which readers will need to discover for themselves. I recommend Of Love and Secrets to readers who enjoy a good romance which tugs at every different emotion, before making you crave what is in store, should a sequel come along - which I would also very much look forward to reading.

About the Author

Australian writer Margaret Lynette Sharp has two literary awards to her credit, each presented at recent Festivals of Community Arts at the City of Hurstville, in suburban Sydney, Australia. Her books have been praised by some of the most highly respected reviewers such as Brenda Telford, Chris the Story-reading Ape, Karen (at My Train of Thought) Shelleyrae and Cloggie Down Under. A keen swimmer, she is the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. Apart from music, literature and painting, Margaret loves walking with her little white dog Chicki, and they are often to be found beside the river near where they live. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01C6PGR8A
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Margaret Lynette Sharp (February 24, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 24, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3675 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 202 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I'm the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I'm proud to say that I've won two literary awards - one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville ( in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.

These stories have been published in prizewinners' anthologies, 'Write Out Loud' and 'The Art of Writing'.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling 'Longbourn Revisited'.

Next came the well-reviewed title, 'An Encounter at Longbourn', followed by 'A Party at Longbourn', 'And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,' and 'Much Ado at Longbourn'. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length 'From Longbourn, With Love'.. To date, I have sixty-two published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I'm thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I've been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward - a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she'll find there...

Back to my life story...

I cared for my elderly mother until her death eighteen years ago, and shortly afterwards met and later married Ron. He has encouraged all my interests, and has turned his hand to editing books that I have written.

Together we have published six volumes: a series of four books of Short Stories entitled 25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia, A Taste of Life and Love in Australia, The Essence of Life and Love in Australia, and Reflections of Life and Love in Australia; a non-fiction, semi-humorous volume entitled 60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences; and the latest, Long and Short Australian Stories. All these are highly readable and, I firmly believe, most entertaining.

'A Taste of Life and Love in Australia' was reviewed in April 2012 by Australian author Jenny Schwartz, and she rated it five stars, and pointed to its humanity and Australian flavour. So review wise, I'm off to a wonderful start!

Since writing the above, we've published another collection of Short Stories and vignettes: 'Encore'. It has been very favourably reviewed by Goodreads members Mark and Brenda.

Shortly afterwards my first novella , Amelia's Call, was published, and has been favourably reviewed by a number of people.

My second novella, the romantic 'Michaela Betrayed', was released in 2013, and has also received some lovely reviews. This book includes a bonus of selected Short Stories and vignettes.

Another release was a short, romantic work, 'Lauren Played'.

Next came the romantic 'Love, Desire and Betrayal', which has reached #1 in Australian and Oceanian Literature (Amazon Kindle Paid).

Additional titles include 'Of Love and Secrets', 'Sisters and Rivals', 'Whatever It Takes' 'Romance, 50's Style', 'Uncertain Love', 'Love, Now and Then' and 'Love Denied'.

Over the few years I've had the honour of being a guest on the blogs of writers Tracey Alley, Rachael Johns, Nicole Alexander, Faith Mortimer, Pankaj Goyal and Sarah Jane Butfield.

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