All I Want

Rated 4.85/5 based on 21 reviews
A short story.

In the wake of the Great War, a soldier and his bride turn a wasteland into a home. A tale of hope and sorrow; of loss and enduring love.
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Words: 4,910
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452346861
About Shayne Parkinson

I write historical fiction set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s. My fifth novel takes the series to 1918. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly that of my own country.

I live in a state of barely-controlled chaos; fortunately I share my life with an invariably calm and endlessly optimistic husband. I divide my time between an apartment in the city, in reach of good espresso, and a few acres in the country, where the rank grass in the orchard is kept under control by a small mob of sheep (and where we have our own espresso machine).

When I'm not writing, reading, or engaged in mundane activities, I play the piano rather badly.

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Review by: Michener 78 on Sep. 10, 2013 :
Good story :-)
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Review by: Sitt Elhosn on Dec. 26, 2012 :
One married couple after WW I in New Zealand picking up to make a life on a bare land as farmers. It works out so far but life brings out many hardships where Love alone, will not bring the peace back. A nice short story we can all take an example from.
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Review by: V Sridhar on May 27, 2012 :
A well written short story. Makes you engage with the key players in the story. The historical elements are nicely depicted. Generates an emotional connect.
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Review by: Erica Mae on May 13, 2012 :
Nice, moving story.
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Review by: Kyle Schewe on May 13, 2012 :
The piece is written in a fashion that captures the era. A first person perspective, it quickly and easily covers the life of a woman from her young adult life to an gray haired woman. It feels very much like the journal of the woman, revealing the authors insights into the tragic events that feels authentic.
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Review by: L. E. Plissee on April 10, 2012 :
Well written - just great
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Review by: Dorothy Darrow on March 28, 2012 :
Well-written and poignant tale about life's ups and downs during both a simpler and more complicated time.
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Review by: Denise Boneham on Jan. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
I loved this but wanted more of it. I hope Shayne is going to follow this one up!
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Review by: Alaska Everfall on Jan. 10, 2012 :
Beautiful. ♥
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Review by: Mike Chavez on Dec. 15, 2011 :
Great short read. Remarkabley well written and captivating throughout.
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Review by: Kate Holley on Dec. 02, 2011 :
Well written piece. Most enjoyable!
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Review by: Melvin Minaar on July 16, 2011 :
One of the most powerful, emotional pieces of writing I've read recently. Wonderfully emotive and sad. I'm sure there are so many couples who can identify with this extremely well written, poignant story.
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Review by: Wendy Samuel on May 22, 2011 :
Brillant. My heart feels for these characters.
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Review by: Pete Morin on April 23, 2011 :
Another brilliantly crafted piece from Shayne Parkinson. Once more, she demonstrates the perfect balance of craft and creativity and her understanding of the human soul.
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Review by: Lois D. Brown on April 06, 2011 :
I loved the feel of this story, and I adored the characters.
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Review by: Richard Adin on April 02, 2011 :
I absolutely hate reading short stories. I never buy or read them because they always have left me feeling short-changed. But Shayne Parkinson's All I Want is the exception. Just like her Promises to Keep quartet, this is an outstanding story that complements the world of Amy Lieth. Now, all I want is the next novel in the life of Amy Lieth.
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Review by: Daisy on Feb. 27, 2011 :
Convincing, touching and beautiful.
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Review by: debra johnson on Feb. 22, 2011 :
If every historical fiction could be as well written as this, I would be in 7th heaven.
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Review by: Catherine Condie on Jan. 15, 2011 :
I took in the beauty of this story as if I were sitting at the Pinnacle looking at the thread of blue on the edge of the world. All I Want is a tale of romance in early 20th century New Zealand, full of rich description with a neatly stitched social background balanced with a wider perspective of the Great War and, in looking to the past, one woman's calm acceptance of her life.
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Review by: Carol Newman Cronin on Nov. 16, 2010 :
A lovely piece that weaves past and present into a seamless story.
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Review by: Aaron J Clarke on Sep. 18, 2010 :
Brilliant piece of writing full of vivid descriptions of the landscape. The writer conveys the period convincingly; moreover, she writes as if she were living during the 1900s.
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