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Alison Stuart is an award winning Australian writer of cross genre historicals with heart. Whether duelling with dashing cavaliers or waywards ghosts, her books provide a reader with a meaty plot and characters who have to strive against adversity, always with the promise of happiness together. Alison is a lapsed lawyer who has worked in the military and fire service, which may explain a predisposition to soldier heroes. She lives with her own personal hero and two needy cats and likes nothing more than a stiff gin and tonic and a walk along the sea front of her home town. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at her website, facebook, twitter and Goodreads.
on July 07, 2013 :
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Read from July 06 to 07, 2013 — I own a copy, read count: 1
Alison is a great writer, don't let this 3 star review put you off her work.
The reasoning behind this rating is simple. I prefer her longer works because it allows her to further develop her characters, story and in most cases fully tug on my heart strings too.
The short stories in this book were tiny glimpses into what, I am sure, would have been brilliant novels if Alison were to continue them. As they stand, however, I felt like you were getting a teaser, but alas there was nothing to follow up with. I long for the rest of these stories.
This left me feeling a little deflated after some great imagery, great character building and warm introductions to some amazing characters.
If you want a quick, easy way to introduce yourself to Alison's writing style (covering romance, historical fiction and the expat life in Singapore) then this is the book to try. The romance is sweet, not explicit. The historical fiction brief but vivid and the stories of the expat life of a wife in Singapore felt full of realism.
I especially enjoyed how Alison included a brief note about the inspiration or event that was the catalyst for the piece. A lovely insight into her creative mind.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 14, 2011 :
Alison Stuart’s Tower of Tales is a wonderfully eclectic collection of short stories written over various times in her life in different countries. The characters are very real and believable. The descriptions of the cities have you believing you’re there with her characters, living the experience. In HOME LEAVE (Random thoughts from the banished*) I felt like I was there in Singapore with the “smells of garlic, coriander and curry mingled in the thick, warm air.” Then, I was transported to “Melbourne, in winter, [with] smells of wood smoke, car fumes, and of heated metal as the tram wheels grate to a halt, spewing sparks and sand from the brakes.” Ms Stuart is a natural storyteller and her words flow beautifully from one story to the next. Each story so unique, yet completely captivating. A great read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)