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Truly, Madly, Deeply Paperback – 1 Mar 2014
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True Love by Maureen Lee - A whole life spent loving and living a memory.
Love on Wheels by Miranda Dickinson - Old love rekindled when two people find each other again after many years.
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The stories are very short, but even in those few pages the reader gets a glimpse of what each writer is capable of. Some of these stories are memorable, poignant, heartwarming and some are also quite funny. You never quite know what is coming next.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin UK & Mills and Boon UK.
When I initially heard about Truly, Madly, Deeply I figured this wouldn't be one for me. However, some of the authors involved I admire greatly and so despite my normal stand on short stories I found myself tempted by the idea of the novel and eventually decided to give it a go. And I am very glad that I did as this is a surprisingly meaningful collection of contemporary and historical women's fiction.
The great variety in authors, settings, characters and even genres within the larger women's fiction umbrella makes this not only a book in which everyone will be able to find that one special story that will make them laugh out loud on the train or tear up vehemently, but also a delightful discovery of new writers and lesser known but still very significant historical affairs.
Each story is introduced by a brief summary of the author's life and writing accomplishments, whetting the reader's appetite before they've even read a single word of the story. In my case, while I picked up the novel to read something new from favourites such as Carole Matthews and Miranda Dickinson I ended up falling in love with many other authors too.
Particular highlights were Anna Jacobs' A Sensible Proposal, which offers a small glimpse into the lives of people in the mid-19th century who made the extraordinary brave decision to travel to the other side of the world in the hopes of finding better prospects, and Sue Moorcroft's incredibly funny Shocking Behaviour, which made me simultaneously snort out loud and recoil in horror at the thought of 'Rosie' being on the loose.
The format of short stories makes Truly, Madly, Deeply ideal to read in short chunks at a time, as each individual segment probably doesn't require more than a twenty minute attention span from its reader. This makes it perfect for people who are usually too busy to tackle a larger book or are unable to keep their focus on the story, as well as those who are in the middle of an intense read and would like something different to take their minds off for a bit.
I initially set out to see if this book would make a good Mother's Day gift and while it certainly does, once you've got your hands on the gorgeous cover (which I instantly fell in love with myself) you probably want to keep it for yourself. You have been warned.
Knowing how much I love short stories, Truly Madly Deeply was made even better for me because it featured stories from my favourite authors! Miranda Dickinson, Carole Matthews, Adele Parks and many more have written brilliant stories for readers to devour and enjoy!
I thoroughly enjoyed these! The best thing about these stories is that they all cover romance in their own special and unique way. There are a vibrant mix of stories, themes and characters, with each story as engrossing as the next, so there really is something for everyone! I had MANY favourites, but a personal highlight for me was Miranda Dickinson’s Love On Wheels, it was truly beautiful!
So whether you savour it to read in sections or devour it all in one go – Truly Madly Deeply is an engaging and enjoyable collection of short stories that all romance fans should own!
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