Strange Courtships: Nine Romantic Stories

Rated 4.44/5 based on 9 reviews
This collection brings together nine “well-crafted” tales of contemporary women seeking love. Most of the stories appeared in literary magazines, and a few are new. From the mysteries of early love to online deceptions, Carla Sarett captures the charm of older Hollywood romance, tinged with the metaphysical. This is romance-deconstructed and turned on its head. More

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About Carla Sarett

Carla Sarett's short stories have appeared in over twenty online and print journals, including The Linnet's Wings, Scissors and Spackle, The Medulla Review, Loch Raven Review, Absinthe Revival, Subtle Fiction and others. Her story "Career Girl" is published in the romantic comedy anthology, Love Hurts! Carla is a Ph.D. who has worked in academic, market research, TV and film. She lives on the Main Line of Philadelphia.

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Review by: Tabitha Ormiston-Smith on Jan. 30, 2015 :
Devotees of the Barbara Cartland school of romance will not enjoy this book. There's nothing sloppy, nothing trite or hackneyed in this sparkling collection of stories. As always, Sarett's work is informed and enlivened by her acutely penetrating observation, and her immunity to pretension of every kind.

From the sweet, strange String Theory, to the achingly sad A Strange Courtship, to my personal favourite, Victor's Proposal, and at all points in between, Strange Courtships takes us on a tour of some of the less-travelled possibilities of love. It's a good illustration of what I sometimes think is the difference between a Real Writer and a mere producer of paperback fodder - that ability to see something different even in the most ordinary of situations.

I often see people in writers' groups remarking that some subject (love, zombie apocalypses, vampires, murder etc) has been 'done to death', and that there is no new thing under the sun. This book is an answer to, and a complete rebuttal of, that view. It serves as a reminder to us all that there is always something rich and strange, if we have but the talent to write it.

These stories deserve from me the ultimate accolade: that I wish I had written them myself.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jane Hunt on Feb. 13, 2014 :
Strange Courtships focuses on the realistic less idealistic view of romance. The heroes are not superhuman and the heroines are not expecting them to be. The romances in the stories are tingled with sadness, humour and quirkiness.
Each story has well developed characters which leave an impression on the reader. If you are looking for well written dialogue and twisty plots with a romantic focus I would recommend the aptly named Strange Courtships.
I received a copy of the book from the author in return for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: E J Lamprey on Sep. 25, 2013 :
I approached with caution, because 'romantic' can so often be 'sickly sweet' but these aren't at all. I do most of my reading on the train and I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. I'm just sorry I got through them so quickly, but I will enjoy a future re-read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lindsay McDonald on Aug. 27, 2013 :
One old adage rings true this day: Occasionally, the best gifts do come in small packages. Dry humor meets a plethora of charming personalities in Carla Sarett’s compilation of Nine Romantic Stories. Gift-wrapped, and full of flair, this reviewer has yet to find a finer—or more gratifying—collection of short stories anywhere.

Quirky characters in tow, Sarett writes with both integrity and an unfailing wit. From the epically worst proposal to the shortest first date ever, prepare to fall off of your chair in laughter. The realistic men and women will both warm and steal your heart.

This awe-worthy album of short stories is exactly what you need to go with your coffee of a morning; find Carla Sarett at Smashwords today and enjoy the dawn.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Shultz on June 30, 2013 :
Nine Romantic Stories by Carla Sarett is a must read. The stories are well-written, giving the reader a sneak peek into the lives of different couples, their relationships and how they stand against adversity that all couples face. The characters drew me in and the dry sense of humor that is spattered throughout each story kept me reading. Carla Sarett is one author that I will be following and enjoying her works for many years.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: amy wylie on June 26, 2013 :
I don't normally read short stories but I was very pleased with this book. I found that all the stories worked very well together
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nicola Atkinson on June 13, 2013 :
First time I've read any of Carla's work. What a great collection of short modern day romantic stories, my favourite is Standby. Will look forward to reading more
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Helena Mallett on June 13, 2013 :
Tightly written snapshots of modern-day American romance. The first story A String Theory Valentine is my favourite by far. Well-drawn characters and a particularly good use of dialogue make for a collection of enjoyable and interesting short stories.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mary Yuhas on May 01, 2013 :
I am a big fan of Sarett's writing. It has romance, humor and irony. I've read the entire book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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