Short Story Sunday #5 In A New York Minute

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How did I get it?:
Downloaded free for my Kindle, many months ago. It’s not free anymore, but it’s very cheap!

Synopsis:

Amy is on a film set in New York, trying very hard to wrap the advertisement she’s filming in time to catch the last flight home for Christmas. But the actors are squabbling, the star of the piece, a cat, won’t play ball and, truthfully, Amy’s heart isn’t in it anyway – she’d escaped to the Big Apple to try to forget her broken heart. But as snow begins to fall on Christmas Eve, someone on set with Amy makes her realise fairytales really do happen in New York.

Thoughts:

This story is quick (very quick) to read. Obviously, being a short story, it doesn’t have very much to it. I didn’t feel like I particularly got to know the characters. It’s got a good plot, that moves fast. I think it’s perfect for a five or ten minute break away from the Christmas festivities!

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Short Story Sunday #4 Checkout Girl-Denise Deegan

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How did I get it?:
I bought it from Amazon, cheaply for my Kindle.

Synopsis:

A heart-warming Christmas short story by bestselling author Denise Deegan.

When an eighty-three year old woman dies, she is not transported (as expected) straight to heaven. She is taken on a detour back to her life shortly before she died. Only this time she is seeing the world very differently. It becomes the first time she has ever experienced a detour being the best part of a journey.

Thoughts:

I love Denise Deegan’s writing, so I was happy to find out that she had published a short Christmas story. Perfect for this time of year and for my Short Story Sunday feature.

Checkout Girl is told from the unusual point of view of an elderly lady who has just passed away. The reader gets taken through her last moments of her life through her eyes. What I liked about this story though, was that it wasn’t depressing as it so easily could’ve been. It’s uplifting, heart-warming and incredibly easy to read. I read it in one sitting!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Short Story Sunday #3 Every Year by Cecelia Ahern

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How did I get it?:
Bought for my kindle for a very cheap price!

Synopsis:

As the smell of pinecones and cinnamon fill the air and the plump turkey roasts in the oven, the final preparations for Christmas day have begun just as they do every year.

The tree lights are twinkling and the mince pies are cooked and there is just one final tradition to carry out before the Christmas magic can begin. This year though, something is different and it’s time for life-long traditions to change.

For years the family has followed the same pattern, not changing their routine through the generations; babies have grown into teens and then adults, and then eventually have had children of their own, but one thing always remained constant throughout…

Time has finally caught up with the family and this year the new traditions must be formed.

Thoughts:

I love Cecelia Ahern’s writing, it’s always got a magical element in it, and I’m a sucker for a magical story. You might think, like me and given the synopsis, that this short story selection is all about Christmas. Unfortunately it’s not. There are Christmassy stories within it, but it’s not solely focussed on the Christmas season, which was ultimately what I was looking for.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy reading Every Year. I did. Cecelia’s writing is so easy to read. I was surprised to read some quite depressing stories. The short stories, although poignant, seemed full of sadness. I have to admit to wanting a more uplifting, heart-warming Christmas story collection.

I’d still recommend this book. It’s got some nice stories in, some very thought-provoking. It just wasn’t what I was expecting.

Short Story Sunday #2- The Blue Lenses

Last week I read the first in the collection of short stories in Daphne du Maurier’s The Breaking Point. Today I read the next story The Blue Lenses. I have to say, I’m really starting to enjoy short stories.

The Blue Lenses is about a lady, we’re never quite sure of her age, that has just had an operation to cure her sight. However, when she comes round from the operation and her new lenses in her eyes are revealed, she see things or rather people incredibly strangely. I won’t say how and spoil it!

What I liked about this story, is that I had no idea where it was going. I’m finding this a lot with Du Maurier’s work. I love that. I love to be kept guessing. When it was finished, I found myself smiling. Such a strange story.

I can’t wait to read the next story in the collection. I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying them. I always thought short stories weren’t for me, but I’m happy to be proved wrong.

Short Story Sunday #1: The Alibi- Daphne du Maurier

I’ve noticed during my October Challenge to read more books from my Kindle that I have quite a lot of short stories, mainly sent to me by my sister.. I have to admit she is responsible for about 90% of the content on my jam packed Kindle. She’s also responsible for my growing interest and new found appreciation of short stories after reviewing many for her Short Stories Challenge.

So, I thought I’d read a short story when I can on a Sunday. Why on a Sunday? Well, I always find my reading slows a little on a Sunday. My interests seem to be elsewhere and my mind on the upcoming week. A short story is perfect for this kind of mood and it means I’m not starting loads of new books because I can’t settle on a read.

My first choice as recommended by the sister was The Alibi from The Breaking Point collection by Daphne du Maurier.

I’ve only ever read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, although I have a LOT of her works to get to. I thought The Alibi was such an intriguing read.  It’s about James Fenton, who becomes alarmed with his life when he realises his life is stuck in a rut. He’s always doing the same thing. The idea of doing the same thing every week alarms James. He doesn’t want to live his life knowing what he’s going to do. He wants to do something completely different to shake up his life.  Boy, does he do something different..

I really enjoyed reading this story. The main protagonist isn’t likeable at all, but he’s the one you’re interested in. I found myself wondering what on earth he was going to do. I thought when I started the story, that it was going to be a tale about a man who has an affair to spice up his life a little. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting though, which I loved.

I can’t believe I haven’t read more Daphne du Maurier before. I can’t wait to get stuck into more of her work.

Read Beth’s review of The Alibi HERE