Strange Courtships: Nine Romantic Stories

Rated 4.44/5 based on 9 reviews
Nine tales of contemporary women seeking love, sometimes in the right places. Most of the stories appeared in literary magazines, and a few are new. The charm of older Hollywood romance, tinged with the metaphysical, and definitely off the beaten track. More
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About Carla Sarett

Carla Sarett's is the author of two novels: The Looking Glass (Propertius Press, 2021) and A Closet Feminist (Unsolicited Press, in press.). Her short fiction and poetry has been published widely in literary journals including Third Wednesday, Prole, San Pedro River Review, Naugatuck River Review, and others. Carla is a Ph.D. who has worked in market research, TV and film. She currently lives in San Francisco. .

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Reviews of Strange Courtships: Nine Romantic Stories by Carla Sarett

Tabitha Ormiston-Smith reviewed 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 3 days after purchase)
Jane Hunt reviewed 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 34 days after purchase)
E J Lamprey reviewed 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 3 days after purchase)
OM Faye reviewed 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 4 days after purchase)
Jennifer Shultz reviewed 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 40 days after purchase)
amy wylie reviewed 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)
Nicola Atkinson reviewed 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 2 days after purchase)
Helena Mallett reviewed 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)
Mary Yuhas reviewed on May 1, 2013

I am a big fan of Sarett's writing. It has romance, humor and irony. I've read the entire book.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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