All I Want

Rated 4.85/5 based on 20 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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About Shayne Parkinson

I write historical fiction set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s. My sixth novel, "After the Roses", takes the series to 1924. 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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