Thursday, October 28, 2021

Resolutions

 


Resolve is high. Determination rules OK. Human spirit excels.     

This is a collection of challenging and thought-provoking stories. All stories need a resolution and these provide ones that will astound and delight you.  We looked for: story, good writing, interpretation of theme and professionalism.  All of the stories submitted had those elements. Here  we offer a variation to cater to our readers’ eclectic tastes. Sit back and surrender to the Bridge House magic 

Resolutions is a themed multi-author collection from Bridge House Publishing. 

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This is a striking collection of stories that keeps the reader gripped  throughout, thinking ‘Where is this going?’ There are twists and turns and surprises, as diverse characters make decisions to do something, or not.  Or determine how to resolve a life situation:  A girl who can’t keep resolutions; the fate of a dog in wartime; a woman having to protect orphaned children.  Settings are in the past, or the future, in other countries or cultures. Some stories deal with grim situations, but these are written with a lightness of touch or down-to-earth humour.  Throughout the collection, the endings  (or resolutions!) are never predictable but are apt for each story.  An entertaining and very readable book.

A delightful and amusing collection of stories from some very talented writers. More power to the short story. 

 
 
ISBN: 9781914199103

Thursday, October 7, 2021

The City of Stories

 

 

Donna and Jim struggle with an unspeakable act. Millicent encounters something that will change her forever, and Marie dreams of being free from her harrowing life. Melvin’s pelvic thrusts have his clients in a sweat, and Sister Francis, the bike-riding nun, has her secret revealed. Will the poem Are They Your Red Shoes make you cry? And how will I Was You Once resonate with you?

The City of Stories is a collection of short, easy-read stories and poems that you can slip into your bag or pocket. Read in the café, waiting room, or on a journey. Read with a cup of coffee, or maybe a tipple of your choice. Stories that range from dark tales with a twist, to funny flash fiction that will make you laugh out loud.

Author Lynn Clement takes us on a rollercoaster of emotions, showing us what goes on behind closed doors.

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City of Stories is a volume of bite-sized reads; some dark, some poignant and a couple of laugh out loud funny stories that each take no more than a coffee break to read. There are poems too – I’m not a big fan of poetry, but these ones aren’t too long and don’t seem to comprise of this morning’s helping of dictionary words all strung together; they go somewhere, taking you along with them. Whether or not you like the destination is up to you. (I particularly appreciated Red Shoes). I would advise not trying to read the whole thing at once. It’s kind of like being in an art gallery full of vivid word pictures; you need to fully appreciate one before moving on to the next. Lynn Clement uses her words sparingly but with great effect, giving us plenty of variety. City of Stories is very well written and well worth a read.

 

This wonderful collection of short stories and poems provides a glimpse of what it is to be human. The author has tackled a range of (sometimes difficult) subjects with warmth and compassion, sprinkled them with humour where appropriate, and produced a book full of glorious characters. Just perfect.
I hope there will be more to come!  
I loved how the author manages to convey so much emotion in such short stories. There is a mixture of funny, moving, quirky, thought provoking and creepy stories - something for everyone. Fab!  

 
ISBN: 9781910542811 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Christmas at the Cross

 


Christmas is not a joyous occasion for everyone. Not at the Cross. Yet hope and humour remain.

Blaithnaid’s relationship with Kieran is not good. She has allies in Nadina the prostitute who soothes her with potatoes and Yoichi a Japanese neighbour who offers tea but only a little sympathy. David a neighbour supplies something approaching a festive Christmas with plum pudding and White Christmas. There is snow, there are Christmas lights and there are friends meeting for drinks. There is violence, there are threats and there is heartache. How will Blaithnaid find her way through all of this?

Christmas at the Cross – a Kings Cross story – is a novella in five parts from Bridge House Publishing. Maeve Murphy creates a compelling text, an authentic voice and a real sense of place.

 

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“This is a story about women who have had enough. If you have had enough too, this is for you. But regardless, you will be astonished by Maeve's riveting tale.”

Jim Sheridan, screenwriter and director of My Left Foot
This novella is full of jump off the page characters and a gritty view of Kings Cross in the 1980s.  Traumatised by events, Blathnaid’s view of what is happening around her is uniquely delivered by the author through very clever writing.  The reader is given what Blathnaid sees and feels, and stripping out everything else. This approach makes her story feel absolutely real as you are drawn into her fear and confusion. 

There are insights into nineteen eighties London life as well as Blathnaid’s search for a spiritual escape from the grim world she occupies.  But in the main this is a dark story of a young girl living amongst the drug dealers, addicts, prostitutes and the mentally unwell, but somehow able to hold on to her humanity. It’s a thoroughly recommended read.

 
I found the story telling a page turner. Very interesting description of the life and mutual support of women in Kings Cross during hard times. It will be my Christmas present this year. 


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