- File Size: 251 KB
- Print Length: 66 pages
- Publication Date: July 11, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005CD0R9O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,216,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Shades of Love, stories from the heart Kindle Edition
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Sunny Lockwood imbues her beautifully crafted stories with empathy, tenderness, and humor. My two favorites are "Longing for Love" and "Something Special." "How is it they could attract a mate and I cannot," Julia Armstrong wonders as she watches "smarmy" people on a reality TV show. Risking online dating, she asks herself, "Am I playing the fool with these short, fluffy messages, thinking love can arrive through a laptop computer screen?" The surprise ending is filled with honesty and wit as genuine love stories often are.
From the opening sentence of "Something Special" -- "Brenda saw her mother smiling and laughing in the kitchen with the other mothers, and for a short, quick moment she hated her" to the later tender exchange between Brenda and her mother Adele, this portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship is totally engaging.
Again, I liked "Longing for Love" and "Something Special" the most. I recommend you read all six stories in this delightful collection and select your favorites.
This is an author moving from journalism to fiction, not always an easy transition. The larger structure of a novel would provide a broader expanse in which to explore and develop characters and storylines. I hope there is such a book in the works and would look forward to a good read.
In this book Sunny Lockwood presents to us six stories of individuals seeking or reexamining love. The characters of the stories are engaging and the author imbues them with considerable depth. Some of the characters are mired in relationships with contradictions and/or conflicts. Others are seeking that special someone who hasn't arrived. There are all shades of love here: love for mates, for spouses, for parents, and for family. At times dramatic and at times funny, Sunny's book is an in depth exploration of this most exalted of emotions within the human condition.
In the story "Something Special" a daughter struggles to come to terms with the particular style of her mother's love towards her. In "Hilda's Secret" a woman holding a terrible secret reexamines her life and her marriage. "My Worst First" is an autobiographical account of a first date that goes terribly wrong, while "Longing for Love" is the story of a lonely woman who seeks to fulfill her right to be loved, but first has to deal with the handicap of her disability. In "The Door" a daughter and a father struggle to accept each other. My personal favorite is "Love's Echo" where a man staunchly opposes any intrusion of his past into his present.
The book is well written, has a functional table of contents, and a "Preview" section both at the beginning of the book and at the end of each story that presents a synopsis of the stories with a link to each one. If you want a short enjoyable romantic read that is not "black and white," then Shades of Love is the book for you.