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Secrets and Rain: a heart-warming short story collection

Secrets and Rain: a heart-warming short story collection [Kindle Edition]

Cally Taylor
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

Twelve magical stories from the award-winning author of HEAVEN CAN WAIT and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. Grab a drink, put up your feet and lose yourself in these heart-warming tales of love, loss and hope. Peep inside the ‘Little Box of Wishes’, discover how ‘Two Red Balloons’ heal a rift between a mother and daughter and fall in love with Alfred, the ‘Rent-a-Cat’.

If you’re a fan of the fiction in women's magazines you’ll love this collection of Cally's previously published stories. Also included – and available online for the first time - three prizewinning stories: ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘My Daughter the Deep Sea Diver’ and ‘Under the Waves’.

EXCLUSIVE: Now includes the first three chapters of 'The Accident' (Cally writing as CL Taylor), a gripping and terrifying psychological thriller to be published by Avon HarperCollins on 10 April 2014.


'Secrets and Rain is a treasure trove brimming over with captivating stories of life, loss and love. A truly wonderful collection that you won't want to end!'
*Miranda Dickinson*, Sunday Times Bestseller (Fairytale of New York)

'Each one of these stories is a wonderful glimpse into a moment in someone else's life. Poignant, moving, funny and always uplifting - Cally's stories are the perfect escape.'
*Kate Harrison* (The Secret Shopper)

'A magical collection of stories packed full of charm, humour and pathos. Delightful.'
*Scarlett Bailey* (Santa Maybe)

'Secrets and Rain is like dipping into a box of handmade chocolates - some stories are sweet, some are dark but each one is a perfectly-crafted pleasure!'
*Holly Hepburn* (Cupidity)

"If you decide that you would like to buy this book, and I highly recommend that you do, please do be prepared to have at least one box of tissues at the ready. There will be tears! I can however also promise lots of love, laughter and hope!"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4255 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cally Taylor lives in Bristol with her boyfriend, toddler son and their ridiculously large DVD/book/music collection. She shares her 'study' with the washing machine and ironing board and writes her novels in any spare moments she can squeeze in between the day job and her social network addiction . She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and been published by a variety of women's magazines. Her debut novel Heaven Can Wait has been translated in 13 languages and was voted 'Debut Novel of the Year' by and Home for Christmas is her second chicklit novel.

Cally also writes dark psychological suspense as CL Taylor. Her first psychological thriller 'The Accident' will be published by Avon Harper Collins in June 2014.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This collection of short stories is so beautifully written, so moving right from the first page. I had to keep putting it down because the emotions ran so high that I just couldn't carry on. I read the first story, "The Little Box of Wishes" in a local tea room where I'd stopped for a cup of tea and it had me sobbing in my brew. It just carried on from there!

Heart-breaking, heart-warming, tender, sweet, sad. I can't even find the right words. But Cally did. And she used them beautifully to craft the perfect short story collection. Each tale grabs you and pulls you into this little world, if only for a few minutes. Even though the stories are only short, you instantly care. You want to make everything ok for the characters. I adored Luke from "The Woman Who Became A Tree". I want a man like that! I can't pick a favorite story or character, they are all delicious in their own way. You need to read this book to find out for yourself!

Perfect for curling up in your favorite chair with a brew and a box of tissues. 5/5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a clever author! 27 Aug 2013
By Kim The Book Worm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not a massive fan of short stories. For no other reason than there's not enough for me to get my teeth into and just as I'm getting into the story, it's over.

Have to say that fab author Cally Taylor has completely changed my view with her collection of twelve amazing short stories about life, love and loss which shot straight to #2 in's Women Writers & Fiction Short Story Chart on the day of release.

I actually emailed Cally after I'd read the first story telling her how it touched my heart and how I sat sobbing for ages. I was stunned that this was the effect this author had on me after just one of her stories and I had another 11 to go! I knew that by the end I would be an emotional wreck! I was a big brave girl though and built up to starting Story Number 2 and then reading more and each and every story was completely amazing in it's own right looking at life from various perspectives and how different people deal with the situations in their lives. More sobbing followed! Perhaps I'm just a bit emotional right now!

If you decide that you would like to buy this book, and I highly recommend that you do, please do be prepared to have at least one box of tissues at the ready. There will be tears! I can however also promise lots of love, laughter and hope!

An absolutely brilliant collection of short stories. And maybe even one that I'll go back to from time to time, just to remind myself of all the wonderful gut-wrenching and heart-lifting stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful short story collection 13 Oct 2013
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Secrets and Rain is a collection of stories written by Cally Taylor, author of Heaven Can Wait and Home for Christmas. I sometimes find short stories frustrating as there are obviously limits to how much you can learn about characters and how much empathy you can have for them when reading just a few thousand words. However, Cally Taylor has managed to write beautiful short stories that capture the quirks and emotions of the characters within them. Dealing with the search for love, bereavement and infertility amongst other subjects that women will relate to, Secrets and Rain is a thought-provoking collection that will make you appreciate what you have.

I read the stories over two sittings as I was enjoying them so much. I could have devoured them all in one go but for pacing myself. As stand alone stories they would also be perfect for reading in those quiet five minutes- coffee breaks, bus journeys, sat on the loo! The stories are all well structured and I felt satisfied by the endings, something I don't always say when talking about this genre.

If you are a fan of short stories or women's fiction in general, I'd recommend Secrets and Rain. Cally Taylor's novels have been popular and well read, but in my opinion her short stories are her triumph.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant short stories 19 Oct 2013
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Yet another brilliant book from Cally! Cant wait for the next one...this is a must read. Short stories to warm the heart
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 8 Sep 2013
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Cally writes well, she gives us believable characters to warm to. If you enjoy short stories this is for you.
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