Yesterday, the lovely Brenda Telford: a moderator of the Goodreads group, Aussie Readers: posted the following review of my sixth collection of Short Stories.
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)
Encore by Margaret Lynette Sharp is an anthology of short romance stories. They are mostly based in and around Sydney, Australia, with the stories centering around young as well as older people. The variation of theme makes each story different, with most of them having a delightful little twist which more often than not made me smile.My favourite story was actually the first one, At Sixteen: Annie’s Story.With sixteen year old Annie living with her sister Sarah, and husband William because their parents are over in Paris, where they have been living and working for the past six months, she feels a little rebellious. Though Sarah feels a little nervous at the responsibility of being in charge of Annie, she feels Annie is a good girl. But when she finds Annie has been keeping company with an older man, she becomes worried. And as things escalate out of control, Sarah needs all her wiles about her to prevent a disaster in Annie’s life. Beautifully crafted with a clever twist at the end…There are some editing errors which I came across in the book, but they didn’t detract from my enjoyment. It’s a quick, easy read, with light entertainment throughout, one I would recommend to all romance lovers out there.Thanks to the author for my copy of this book to read and review.
A big ‘Thank you’ to Brenda for this review.
Readers, do you like romantic vignettes and Short Stories? Do you like to support Australian writers, particularly emerging ones?
If so, this could be the type of book you’d love to get to know. It’s available through Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle editions.
It’s with great pleasure that I announce the publication of my seventh title: ‘Encore’: a collection of vignettes and Short Stories.
Many months in the pipeline, it has finally emerged: a brand new ‘baby’, hopefully full of promise.
As its name suggests, ‘Encore’ is a celebration of what has come before it: uplifting stories of love, romance, and life. Certainly, within its pages there are echoes of its stablemates, both in terms of themes and diversity of characters. In common with all the other volumes, it’s edited by my husband, the organ-builder best known for his massive creation in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall: Ronald Sharp.
Of its twenty-five stories, my particular favourite is ‘To The Beautiful Brigitte’: a story of a relationship fostered by the writing of love-letters in that most romantic of languages, French. There is a twist to this tale which, if revealed at present, would tend to spoil the enjoyment of its readers: so I’ll leave it for your discovery.
If this is your genre, and you like to support Australian writers, then why not check out this brand new release? It will be on sale soon, both as a Kindle edition and in paperback through Amazon.
I’m delighted to announce that my third collection of Short Stories and vignettes, ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’, has just been released on Kindle.
Written following ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’ and ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’, this volume continues in a similar fashion, with twenty-eight engaging tales, overwhelmingly with romantic themes.
All my published books are edited by my husband Ronald Sharp, the Creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.
Here is the review of U.S.A. Goodreads member, Mark.
Margaret Lynette Sharp untangles small knots in our emotional constitution, of hesitancy, of love and affection, of wistful regret and of loss acknowledged, but not without hope.This is a collection of stories and of finely-wrought encounters, sometimes between two people almost in love or partly in affection, sometimes just between the protagonist and her own feelings, each one playing on a familiar but resonant theme and dissecting a vexing unconscious puzzle, in the way that dreams do.Sharp likes to hone in on her characters’ fraught needs, and she likes to meet them. The need of a person immured in the wrong relationship to find an out, or the need of someone alone to find an in, a place to be or a partner to be with. There is a daughter who can’t seek a life because of the needs of her mother, but finds the strength, and a mother prevented by her daughter from returning to the forty-years-gone love of her youth, about whom, it turns out, not all is known. She buys the ticket, anyway. The author will not leave her own “children” stranded.So read these for diversion and emotional resolution of the sort that our unconscious minds try to give to us in sleep, but the stories are in no way sleepy. They’re hyper-alert, they’re aware of the intricacies, and they’re uplifting. A nice way of disposing of the toxicity of living the day.(less)
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If you’re looking for a highly readable volume of romantic Short Stories and vignettes, why not consider ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’?
Here’s an update: two or three days in, both ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’ and ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ are both to be found on the Amazon Kindle best sellers list!
Okay, they’re in the #170,000’s : but a start’s a start!
Maybe there’s a resurgence in the popularity of Short Stories and vignettes, particularly those with happy endings. With time at a premium, maybe reading a little and often, with satisfaction at each sitting, is the way of the future. I can only conjecture.
July is the month that Shelleyrae at Book’d out has graciously listed ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ for review. Who knows the degree of interest this will engender?
As a newcomer to all this, I can’t draw on any previous experience. All I can do is hope: and cross my fingers!