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- Print Length: 47 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K3LG4V0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #916,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lesley Hayes doesn’t simply get into the mind of her fictional folk because she uses them to get inside the head of the end-user; the reader. I’ve read several books by this excellent author and for days afterward, I feel as if I’ve met the people I’d been reading about. As I’ve said so often before, this is the sign of a gifted author, not a good memory.
Okay, I think the cover has to be replaced, but otherwise, Oscar and all who inhabit his life are as real as the people you will meet today.
The opening scene is very English ‘tea and cakes’ and cozy, but I had to remember I was cutting down or I’d have reached out for a strawberry tart. Every one of the stories is superbly written. The four tales are distinctly separate, but as you read each and get to know the eccentric and vulnerable Oscar, you realise how closely the stories connect.
This book is a testament to a great author.
What we have in these four short stories is a beautifully written peek into the lives of a small clutch of captivating characters, brought alive by the fascination surrounding Oscar. The author skillfully plays with and switches the time frame from the present to the past and then a little into the future from the time of the initial story. Even though the stories are interconnected, there's not so much an overall story as such but more a series of episodes that provide the reader with a lovely look into a part of Oscar's life. It's a present-day setting but the writing has a period, almost timeless quality to it. Within this book's short length there is humour, sadness, perhaps a little albeit justified bitterness, and - on more than one occasion - unrequited love. There's also perhaps a hint that the author knew such a character herself once, or at least someone on whom Oscar might be based. At just under an hour or so's read, these four enchanting stories will immerse you in a world of literary imagination. I do so hope we get to meet Oscar again in other stories, though if not he's certainly a character I will remember with a smile.
While Oscar is undoubtedly the shining star, the other characters he interacts with are equally likeable and intriguing. Lesley Hayes effortlessly paints a colourful picture with just enough detail to satisfy your curiosity while leaving you craving more.
This is a fun, bubbly read full of energy and quirky characters. Set aside some uninterrupted reading time and read it all in one go; you won’t want to put it down. So who is Oscar? Well you’ll just have to read it and find out for yourself.
I'm already reading my next Lesley Hayes book.
Highly recommended, if you like colourful characters and a quick, easy read.
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