Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I never thought I'd see you again

I Never Thought I'd See You Again: A Novelists Inc. Anthology
Paperback:424 pages
Publication date: July 30th, 2013
Publisher: The Story Plant
Edition Language: English
Genre: Short Stories
Authors: Allison Brennan, Dianne Despain,  Alyssa Day,
JoAnn A. Grote, Greg Herren, Ann La Farge, Kelly McClymer, Barbara Meyers, Shirley Parenteau, Mary Hart Perry, C. B. Pratt, Laura Resnick, Kathryn Shay, Deb Stover, Janet Tronstad, Janet Woods, Lou Aronica

Book Description

What comes to your mind when you see that phrase? A reunion with a former lover? A shocking encounter with a dark face from your past? A dearly held memory come to life . . . or one you’ve tried desperately to purge from your mind?

In this extraordinary collection of original fiction, sixteen great storytellers spin the tales that filled their imaginations when considering that sentence:

New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan brings us the reunion of father and daughter under deadly circumstances.
USA Today bestselling author Janet Tronstad weaves a tale of lost love on a Christmas Eve during the Great Depression.
New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day traverses realities to pull together generations.
USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Shay returns to her Hidden Cove series to tell of a father returning to his son’s life . . . and turning that life upside down.

Romance, suspense, and magic, secrets unearthed, mysteries revealed, and promises finally kept all of this and much, much more comes to you in this unforgettable anthology that is every bit as evocative as the title that served as its inspiration.

My review:

I never thought I'd see you is a collection of  prompt  short stories that tempted me a lot into reading the book last week. Due to my large TBR list I had to postpone it  for the time
being. I  was  very desperate to read this book as the title was very intriguing and also I love short stories. The advantage of reading short stories is that  if one story is bad it doesn't mean all the other stories  also  have to be bad and you don't have to be disappointed by the whole book.

Since all the stories  were  written by different authors, I had no expectations,  only curious to know what I would  find in the next story. It was a pleasant surprise that all the stories were  well  written in a manner that inspired me a lot.I cannot really point out which story I liked the most. There were stories which I hadn't anticipated it to end the way it did.

The first story had so much potential of becoming into a full length novel. I would have liked the story to continue. It was about a father and a  daughter relationship. All the characters were well portrayed in this  particular story.

Facing the mirror was a story which seemed as if it was  real. It has succeeded in delivering the anxieties and real emotions of a cancer patient. After reading it,  I had a feeling that a person who is diagnosed with cancer would react the same way as Maggie did. Janet Trotstad's Christmas Eve and Peresphone's granddaugter by Alyssa day was also my favorites.

In one particular story, I lost all my patience, so I flipped through the pages to find out the ending. It was Solomon's Paradox by Kelly Mcclymer. I didn't get this story right when I initially began reading it .I have to appreciate the author for writing this  extraordinary story because I found this story to be very different and very  likeable.

Overall, I would say this book was interesting to read. I enjoyed reading all the stories but only half of the stories made it to my most favorite list. I don't have anything to criticize about the other half but it's just that the stories weren't impressive as I thought it would be.


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Note:I received a ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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