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Jubilee Violin: Short Stories (Quick coffee break read Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Worstall
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Book Description

Jubilee Violin is a collection of three short stories from the author of the 'Sing with the Choir' series.

The first, Jubilee Violin, is a poignant story about generosity and the passing of time- a sweet song for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Turning Point and Dolls' House explore what happens when things go wrong in family life.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 756 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Jenny Worstall (4 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088VHLPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #244,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Jenny is a musician, teacher and writer, and lives in London with her family.

She enjoys playing the piano and gossiping with her friends (which she calls research for her writing).

Her books reflect her love of music and a tendency not to take life too seriously.



www.jennyworstall.webspace.virginmedia.com



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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jubilee Tribute! 12 Mar. 2014
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This book is a series of three short stories :

Jubilee Violin - a short story perfectly coinciding with the Queen's Jubilee Year and Celebrations in which an old lady, Ethyl watches her once much loved violin being played by a young girl Laura at a Royal performance and the pride and emotion that sets off.

Turning Point - is about a teacher and young mother and the strains/stress of coping with the job and raising a young child. She has to leave her little one with a nanny each morning to go and teach and the wrench she experiences resulting in her questioning her decision.

Doll's House - is a much darker story and deals with 'don't wish on someone what you wouldn't wish on yourself'. It also deals with the tragic consequences of telling an untruth to a child to placate and settle them.

All three stories are wonderful. My favourite was the last one, because of the surprise twist at the end. I've noticed with Jenny she always leaves the best till last. As for the second story, like most mums I can completely understand the stress, wrench and guilt Sally must feel about leaving Adam to a so called dubious Nanny. It's clear from the ending to me anyway what decision she makes! I found the class scene the most humourous, the 'Ready Brek' reference to the homework was quite funny! :) Also lets not forget the first story was a must as a tribute to the Jubilee Year of 2012.

The whole book can be read in half an hour or less and is perfect for that bus/train journey or when waiting for something or for those just wanting to read something they know they can finish in one sitting.!

This is a lovely book and Jenny is a very talented author!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful Reading 10 Sept. 2012
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This was a very pleasurable reading for me and I would recommend Jenny's work to anyone who likes short stories. Her love for music is felt in her work and the lightness of the words makes me enjoy and savour every word on the page. Some stories are touching, some a little humorous but each story has beauty in it.

I'm sure I will read her other works and would encourage her to write more. She is a fine writer and a short story is often what I just need to re-set my mind.

Excellent work and well done, Jenny.

(Monika S)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slip into a short story with a twist 21 Jun. 2012
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This is the second book of short stories I have read from Jenny Worstall after discovering her full length novel Make a Joyful Noise which I thoroughly enjoyed.
I love how the author totally draws the reader into each of her stories which are utterly engaging and at times dark and twisty! The perfect read for when you fancy dipping into someone elses life and don't feel like ploughing through a full length book.
Jubilee Violin instantly captivated me with a beautifully descriptive first paragraph that unfolded into a mesmerising tale of age, youth and music.
Turning Point in total contrast is a down to earth tale of motherhood and temporary loss of freedom. As a reader we see how a mother struggles to come to terms with the changes in her life and her discovery that motherhood can be an amazing experience.
Dolls House cuts straight to the chase with a woman musing over murdering her husband while her young daughter plays with her dolls house. There is a clear message that you should be very careful what you tell your children!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable quick read 26 Feb. 2014
By Cathy
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One of the reasons that Jenny Worstall is an interesting writer is that her experience of teaching and her love of music shines through her work. This collection is no exception as the theme of the first story is a shared love of the violin between an older and a younger player and the second story features a teacher struggling to achieve a work / life balance.
The third story draws on different sources and has an unexpected, rather macabre, twist in the ending.
Jenny Worstall writes in a clear, direct style and gives enough detail to create images in the reader's mind without losing the concise precision that makes a good short story. She is skilful at hinting and leaving readers to work it out for themselves. In fact the endings to the first and second stories are ambiguous and cleverly open-ended. The characters and their situations are very real and their emotions and dilemmas are easy to empathise with.
I enjoyed reading this collection which I think you might describe as a 'coffee break' read and for that it was ideal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for Everyone 5 Aug. 2012
By Steve
Format:Kindle Edition
In this compilation of three short stories comprising about 3,000 words, author Jenny Worstall displays both her talent and her range: the collection is an eclectic one. Though the stories are brief, they ARE stories, as opposed to mere vignettes or "slices of life," in that each story involves a protagonist with a clearly-stated goal and a decision to make. In each, the protagonist's decision comes with consequences...

The title cut involves an aged violinist who must choose between holding on to her memories and "paying it forward." In "Turning Point," a wife and mother decides whether her job is worth the concomitant loss of quality time with her family. "Doll's House" demonstrates the danger inherent in thinking evil-if perhaps justifiable-thoughts.

I have no hesitation in recommending JUBILEE VIOLIN, and I do so enthusiastically.
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