The Ramblers

Rated 3.60/5 based on 5 reviews
Two friends, Sandy and Angela, join a rambling group in the hope of finding love. The girls are unused to walking and ill-equipped for their expedition. Early in the walk Angela hurts her ankle but she refuses to give up. Events that follow challenge both girls' first impressions of their fellow ramblers.

"A really cute, well-written short story," (5 Star Review, Barnes & Noble, Aug. 2012). More
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About Catherine E. Chapman

I write women's fiction and romance. My longer works have been described as accessible character fiction. I also write shorter fiction in the genres of contemporary and historical romance.

For tasters of my writing, the short stories, 'Opening Night,' 'The Ramblers,' 'The Family Tree,' 'The Office Party' and 'All the Trimmings,' are available to download for free from Smashwords & their retailers.

Many thanks to all who have reviewed, recommended and rated my books. I really appreciate feedback from readers.

My seven short historical romances are available in one volume, 'Collected Romances.' I am currently working on longer-length historical romances.

'The Laird's Right-Hand Lady,' a contemporary romance set in the Scottish Highlands, will soon be available on Smashwords.

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Review by: Victoria Zigler on Oct. 12, 2014 :
A great little story.
(review of free book)
Review by: David Blake on Nov. 8, 2012 :
A nice scenario for a short story. I don't really see the need to break such a short story into numerous chapters, however...
Firstly, the characters needed to be much more clearly defined. Angela and Sandy are almost interchangeable, apart from the fact that Angela is the more headstrong we know very little about them. What do they look like? How old are they? What do they do when they're not on a ramble? How long have they been trying to find men for, have they had any previous relationships, why are they single?
Secondly, there's a lack of description, atmosphere. We aren't given a hint of what the weather's like until it becomes significant, for instance. Is it a hot day, a cold day? Is it early morning, mid-afternoon?
Thirdly, the 'drama' seems rather forced. Without knowing how old the protagonists are, it seemed a bit far-fetched that the two girls would be reduced to sobbing wrecks just because they get caught in a downpour, similarly Sandy's change of attitude towards Chris seemed to come about too
easily. For me, he needed to do something a bit more heroic to cause this.
Lastly, a lot of the dialogue tags seemed awkward. Lots of 'Angela asked Sandy' and 'Sandy said to Angela' when there's just the two of them in the scene, for example. And some are just wrong - how can Rob 'correct' someone who is asking a question?
On the plus side, I don't think I spotted any typos, spelling errors or punctuation faults, it's nice to come across a writer who checks their work properly before uploading it.
I think the story has a lot of potential... But I think it needs to be told entirely from Sandy's viewpoint throughout, and it needs more depth through what she sees, hears, smells, feels, thinks, remembers etc.
(review of free book)
Review by: Haitian Chica on July 13, 2012 :
not bad. nothing serious.
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Review by: Narlen & Eveline Evans on July 9, 2012 :
Too simple for my taste. Needs more description of the walking trail, etc.
(review of free book)
Review by: Gerty So on July 9, 2012 :
Loved It, really nice tale...
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