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Message in a Bottle [Kindle Edition]

Kath Middleton
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As Liz’s world collapses around her, she discovers something she wishes she’d never known.
Piece by piece she starts to rebuild her life with the help of her friends.
But then it looks like her newly-found happiness is about to shatter...

A novella of 26,000 words.

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About the Author

Kath Middleton began her writing with drabbles (100 words stories) and contributed a number to Jonathan Hill's second drabble collection. It wasn't long before she moved up a size to contribute short stories to anthologies. Shortly afterwards, she progressed to writing longer pieces and her first solo work, Ravenfold, was published to much acclaim and her second, Message in a Bottle, is a recent release. Several more books are already in the pipeline. Kath likes to put her characters in difficult situations and watch them work their way out. She believes in the indomitable nature of the human spirit (and chickens). Kath is a retired geology graduate with a certificate in archaeology. When she's in a hole, she doesn't stop digging. www.kathmiddletonbooks.com

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Kath Middleton began her writing with drabbles (100 words stories) and contributed a number to Jonathan Hill's second drabble collection. It wasn't long before she moved up a size to contribute short stories to anthologies. Shortly afterwards, she progressed to writing longer pieces and her first solo work, Ravenfold, was published to much acclaim and her second, Message in a Bottle, is a recent release. Several more books are already in the pipeline. Kath likes to put her characters in difficult situations and watch them work their way out. She believes in the indomitable nature of the human spirit (and chickens).

Kath is a retired geology graduate with a certificate in archaeology. When she's in a hole, she doesn't stop digging.

website - http://www.kathmiddletonbooks.com/

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A message of hope 4 Mar. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
A Mozartian chamber piece for a quartet. A young woman is tragically widowed. Her despair is compounded when she discovers that her relationship with her husband and his best friend was more equivocal and complicated than she believed. In her despair she makes a desperate and apparently futile gesture that has extraordinary consequences. Her life begins to turn away from the negative but the shattering disillusionments of the past make her more sceptical of others' motives. However, her developing recovery is sustained by the kindness and generosity she derives from her new relationships and her experience turns truly positive when she realises that life repeats itself but never in exactly the same manner.

Kath Middleton's novella is a deceptively simple piece. It is subtle and nuanced and its unfashionable emphasis on love, redemption and the renewal of faith where there was only despair resonates long afterwards. Like all fine books it expresses complex ideas simply. It is sparely and economically written and is very, very readable. The marine and geological symbols of permanency through change reflect the theme perfectly. It restores one's belief in the power of goodness and love to prevail when the world daily nullifies such values. Its mixture of the cerebral and the metaphysical reminded me of Iris Murdoch. The final paragraph is brilliant. Expressed with beautiful simplicity it provides an excellent maxim for survival in a world of flux and constant change. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant afternoon read 3 Feb. 2015
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Sometimes you need a change of pace. I usually feel dark and thrillerish, but I was in need of a totally different read, something more character-driven and emotional. A dear Goodreads friend of mine recommended this novella by British author Kath Middleton. One look at the blurb and I knew it was the perfect read for me.

Think of a 28-year-old woman, recently married. What would be her worst nightmare at this stage in her life? Yep. It happened. And in fact, her worst nightmare was quickly followed by her second worst nightmare. This novella gets off to a fast start with horror #1 occurring right off the bat with hints of tribulation #2 right behind. One can’t help but be drawn in immediately.

This story is about how unthinkable tragedy can lead to loss of will to live, but how life itself, while not totally nullifying the effects of the events, can recreate hope and optimism.

Ms. Middleton writes with a gentle easy style, very British, which I enjoyed very much (I am from the USA). Her characters are very realistic, very well-drawn and likeable. Her settings nicely reflect the moods of the moment.

If you are in the state of mind calling for an afternoon read of a poignant slice-of-life story where living triumphs over tragedy, check out Message in a Bottle. I recommend this novella to all readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read indeed 28 Jun. 2014
By ElaineG TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is a really nice short read, if nice can be used to describe the story of Liz, who has been widowed at the age of 28. Whilst grieving for her husband, Gareth, she discovers that there is a huge chunk of his life that she knew nothing about. Shocked and at her lowest ebb, she makes a desperate cry for help, which she doesn’t really expect to be answered. When it is, she unexpectedly finds new friends. Sometimes it is easier to discuss things with people who are on the outside looking in, and that is what happens here. It is a story about the value of friendship, understanding and forgiveness and in a situation where not everything is as black and white as it seems, Liz is able to start rebuilding her life and moving forward with the help and support of her friends. The story can be read in a couple of hours, moves at a good pace towards an ending that is just right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem of a story 5 Oct. 2014
By Cathy
Format:Kindle Edition
It took me less than a couple of hours to read Message in a Bottle. I can't say exactly how long as I was lost in the story which I just read straight through from beginning to end.
It's a very contemporary story which starts on an ordinary Saturday when Liz, the protagonist, finds her world collapsing around her. The opening of the book is starkly poignant as Liz tries to cope but what happens next is completely unexpected. I can't say more because I don't want to spoil the story but I'm amazed at how the author shifts the direction of the story so completely.
The writing style is easy to read but the clever choice of detail provides a full and rich background which makes it feel like a much longer book. There's some lovely descriptive writing in Message in a Bottle. The landscape and the flotsam and jetsam of the beach walks stand out along with the exploration of Liz's emotional state as the story unfolds.
A real gem of a story, beautifully written and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from a Brillant Word Smith 28 Jun. 2014
By Scorpio
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Very enjoyable and well written tale of the depth of sorrow and the strength of love and friendship. Read in one setting I loved it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A moving tale 14 Aug. 2014
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This author is one of the few that manages to entice me from my comfort zone for reading. The main reason for this is that she writes damn fine stories that ignore genre. I would struggle to fit this book into a genre and to be honest that's strength. It's also an unusual story for me in that it's more related to a journey of emotion rather than events - that statement will probably make more sense when you read it!

The book is about a young woman whose husband dies in a car crash. As can be expected she's devastated and from the first few pages you are thrust into her turmoil of loss. All too often in stories like this there is a tendency to wallow in the misery. As the story progresses she discovers something unexpected about her husband, a secret he has kept throughout their marriage.

In some ways this could be considered a mundane story - I don't mean that in a derogatory sense. This has a true to life feel that makes me wonder how much is drawn from personal experience. There is an understanding here of grief and the process that follows that feels real, so much so that it's almost a voyeuristic peek in Liz's life than a story in the conventional sense.

I did encounter a minor criticism to the story.It's minor point but I would have liked to have experienced more about the main character's work. She's an artists and seeing more about what she creates would have helped my knowledge of her. That's just a minor gripe though.

As I say this isn't my usual type of read but I did enjoy the time I spent with Liz through her troubled times. It's a quick read and the writing is wonderfully crafted. If you like this type of story then this is one to read. And even if it isn't you should give it a try - variety is the spice of life after all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read thoroughly enjoyed it
Published 2 months ago by maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and ingenious novel
One Saturday afternoon Liz’s life changes disastrously and she finds herself leaving the home she has loved. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ken Lid
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosy and Intimate
I gave up writing book reviews a while ago because I'm not very good at them, but I felt I had to write something about this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Cosgrove
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book
Enjoyed this book. Thought there was another chapter at the end. As I know the author she explained she had finished it like
she had,so the reader could there own ending.
Published 12 months ago by Wendy Salmond
4.0 out of 5 stars a story with a message
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed [book:Ravenfold|20446077], the prior work of this author, I really looked forward to reading this, her second book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by angelinaballerina
5.0 out of 5 stars ... is Kath's second book and it is just as good as the first
This is Kath's second book and it is just as good as the first. Well done Kath
Published 12 months ago by holiday reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Message to me - don't assume anything.
I have to say that this novella is not of a genre that I would usually choose. I’d read and enjoyed another novella by this author and spotted this one being discussed on a couple... Read more
Published 13 months ago by B J Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem!
Add this novella to your holiday list it's short enough to read in a single sitting but long enough to give depth, dimension and convincing characters to empathise with. Read more
Published 13 months ago by harasrrek
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this novella about a young woman
Enjoyed this novella about a young woman, widowed in her twenties and how she copes with revelations concerning her husband's death. Read more
Published 13 months ago by T4bsF
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