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A Faraway Smell of Lemon [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Joyce
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It is Christmas Eve. Binny has four hours to make Christmas happen and she couldn’t feel less like wishing glad tidings of good will to all men – least of all to Oliver. It is raining, her house is falling apart, the streets are jammed with people and it is all Oliver’s fault. Darting into a shop to escape a conversation, Binny finds herself in the sort of place she would never normally visit. But in amongst the shelves is a surprising source of peace.


A beautiful gem of a short story from Rachel Joyce, bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Perfect The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy.


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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1269 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GIV5OLK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The scent of letting go 18 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Binny isn't in the Christmas mood, so she ducks into the first shop she can find to avoid the cheer of another mother. What she finds there is far more than simply some items she has no interest in buying.

Hello, my name is Davida and I'm a Rachel Joyce addict. I am hereby publicly admitting that after I read her last novel "Perfect" I couldn't wait to read something else by her. So I immediately bought her short story "A Faraway Smell of Lemon," despite knowing that it was a Christmas story. (Being Jewish and living in Israel, most of these holiday stories don't interest me.) But I am truly glad I did, since it was not at all like any Christmassy tale I'd ever read before.

This is really about Binny, a woman who - much like me - isn't much of a housekeeper. So when she finds herself in a specialty shop of cleaning equipment, she feels very much out of her element. But that's not Binny's real problem, and with the help of the shop assistant, she finds herself on a journey of self discovery. Where she finds it taking her, surprises both Binny and the reader, and all within a mere 20 pages of prose.

This is very much a Joyce theme. Joyce knows exactly how to take something completely ordinary and allow it to affect her characters in an extraordinary way. More importantly, the emotional somersaults her characters go through are handled in a matter-of-fact manner, and never seem overly sentimental. With all this, she also includes almost poetic descriptions that become visually alive to the imaginations of her readers.

I'd be fooling myself if I found any fault with this story, aside from the desire to want more. With her short story "A Faraway Smell of Lemon" Rachel Joyce deserves yet again, a full five stars out of five.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too short! 8 Dec. 2013
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I know it's a short story. However I love Joyce's writing so much I am hungry for more. Perhaps she could share a collection of short stories with us.?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Faraway Scent of Lemons 22 Mar. 2014
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Binny needs to sort out Christmas for her children in about half a day. She does not want to do it because she can barely find the energy or the willpower to put one foot in front of the other because Oliver has walked out on her. She goes into a shop very much at random to avoid talking to someone and unlikely as it seems she may just have come to the right place.

I enjoyed this quirky short story which as well as being entertaining reading has some good advice for when you’re struggling to cope with an emotional problem. Quickly read but worthwhile.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Fantastic! 11 Dec. 2013
By Liz
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a wonderful story of love and forgiveness - the perfect Christmas read! I would highly recommend it to thosevwho loved Harold Fry ... and to everyone else as well!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 2 Jan. 2014
By JULIE
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lures you in :)

this short story lures you in and keeps you rapt until the very last word , loved it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sad but also wonderful 11 Jan. 2014
By W mahe
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It made me stop and think of all the people I have loved and lost, but also how wonderful it is to love and how important being with friends and family is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seasonal. 27 Dec. 2013
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Uplifting and full of the real spirit of Christmas .lifts you out of the winter doldrums . a real joy .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars 26 Dec. 2013
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A beautiful story. Perfect for an hour's reading time.
The loss of Oliver,of friends,of childhood. Again Rachel Joyce has . impressed me. I've been hooked since Harold Fry!!
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