Tuesday, 23 December 2014

A KIND OF MAD COURAGE by Francine La Sala, Wendy Janes and others

5 out of 5 stars

Short Stories, Mothers and Daughters

Originally posted on Amazon HERE on 15 June 2014

Get this book!

Aside from the fact that it benefits a charity, and is terrific value - NINETEEN short stories, and they're all a very decent length - it's one of the best short story collections I've come across.

It starts off with a perfect choice for opening act - HIDE AND SEEK by Samantha Stroh Bailey is an interesting look at the mother-daughter relationship from two angles, as the mother discovers much about herself as a daughter, as well as a mum, when the three generations spend some leisure time together... (no spoilers here!)

Hide and Seek was one of my favourites ~ the other highlights for me were:

AUTUMN'S EYES by Regina Cash-Clark ~ the tale of a reluctant mother; I think this was my tie for first place!
THE SACRIFICE by Elke Feuer ~ a jolly tale about domestic violence.....
VERITY by Wendy Janes ~ my other joint favourite! So touching, really moving, I loved it.
LADY IN RED by k c wilder ~ just something about this one. Very atmospheric, and stayed with me for a while afterwards
BECKY'S MUM by Louise Wise ~ A first person tale from the point of view of a rebellious teenager, very clever because the reader can see immediately that what's really going on is, like, SO not how Becky tells it (addition of teen speak there for extra effect!)

They are all very good, though, with not one single weak one, and I think your favourites will depend on which aspects of the mother-daughter relationship interest you, and your own experiences, I imagine.

Well done, ladies, highly recommended!

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