Short Story Review. The Town Talks by Isabelle Kenyon.

I was so absorbed in The Town Talks, I had forgotten I was reading a short story until I reached the final page. The title ties perfectly into the story too. The writing was superb. I’m interested in families and their dynamics, always unique, and The Town Talks had the characters written well. Both the main and supporting characters.

The Town Talks was published by Wild Pressed Books and their titles are very affordable. The Town Talks can be downloaded for £1.99 on Kindle or borrowed with Kindle Unlimited.

THE TOWN TALKS explores the lives of twins Michael and David, removed from their father as babies and later separated from each other when Michael is abducted.

Michael and David live separate lives and David only finds out the truth when he discovers Michael’s autobiography, learning his twin’s date of death.

Judith, their mother, never gives up on finding Michael. The story is told in short chapters from her perspective as she navigates single parenthood, the loss of her child, and life in a new town.

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May Book Releases I’m looking forward to this month.

Poetry MELANCHOLIA by Wanda Deglane Vegetarian Alcoholic Press

Release Date May 11th 2021

I am very excited to read this, as Wanda Deglane is one of my favourite writers.

Poetry Odd as Fuck by Anne Walsh Donnelly Fly on the Wall Press

Release Date May 14th 2021

Anne Walsh Donnelly’s previous collection The Woman With an Owl Tattoo was one of my favorite reads last year and the follow up sounds like it’s going to be just as good.

Historical Fiction Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal Picador pre-order link (aff.link)

Release Date May 13th 2021

Elizabeth Macneal’s debut The Doll Factory was one of my favorite reads of 2019 and I’m also a sucker for historical fiction, so cannot wait to read this one.

Non-Fiction Fuck, I think I’m Dying: How I learned to Live with Panic by Claire Eastham Square Peg books Pre-order link (aff.link)

Release Date May 6th 2021

I loved Claire Eastham’s previous book We’re All Mad Here. I love the way she writes. Love her blog too.

Book Review. Santorini set A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander.

I read one book by Tasha Alexander, which I loved and so I borrowed A Terrible Beauty before lockdown from my library.

It is an odd read. It isn’t a high-octane thriller. It has intrigue, crime and mystery – a dead man comes back to life!

I feel like the emotional depth of the story and its characters took centre stage. There were a couple of surprise moments and excitement towards the end. The build-up of the story is slow. I don’t mind slow. The setting of Santorini and Greek myths was a distraction. My best description of A Terrible Beauty can be found in the text, in this quote, ’High stakes but seemingly endless time in a prolonged state of expectancy’

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Crossed Paths Mag DEADLINE 1st of August Theme Resilience / ACCEPTS short stories, poems, flash fiction, and personal essays

River Heron Review DEADLINE 15th of August Theme / ACCEPTS poems responding to the current socio-political climate

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