Elizabeth Ellen Carter
on Nov. 19, 2014 :
I've been looking forward to showcasing this anthology for months.
It is the creative passion of four south-east Queensland authors.
Now, a few quick reviews from my perspective on my fellow authors.
Sands of Time by Noelle Clark
Noelle has a particular gift for imbuing emotional weight in her stories - beautifully written, evocatively described - and she does not disappoint here.
The love story of Kitty and Billy is told in flashback, the swinging 60s, Brisbane style - self-conscious, optimistic, searching for maturity, much like our couple.
A journey disrupted by the intrusion of the Vietnam War, brutal and out of place amid the beautiful love of our couple.
Be sure to have a couple of tissues at hand as you join Kitty's voyage back in time.
All The Glitters by Eva Scott
Eva's sharply observed character studies add depth to this fabulous Cinderella story set on the Gold Coast glitter strip.
Molly is a practical, pragmatic, hard-working surgical nurse who is forced by her manipulative step-mother to run interference between handsome Colin Rathmore and his grandfather who is planning to marry Molly's beloved younger step-sister.
Then Molly and Connor discover they have more in common than a mutual desire to stop this disastrous wedding of the year.
Four Weddings and a Funeral, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Best Friend's Wedding with a dash of Muriel's Wedding is what comes to mind when reading this fun story.
A Touch of Christmas by Susanne Bellamy
It is difficult to believe that this is Susanne's first attempt at writing a sci-fi/futuristic story.
She confidently imagines the world of 2525AD and Earth is recovering from a series of environmental disasters.
Our hero, Colonel Nick Madigan has been spearheading the international efforts aided by new interplanetary allies, the Gravlarians who need to be convinced Earth is ready to join the Federation.
Dearly hoping so is Andra, captain of the Starship Bluefire whose fascination for Terran ways, and the handsome Australian colonel has the opportunity to improve interstellar relations.
Each of these short stories are different in flavour and tone.
In literary terms A Season To Remember is a box of Cadbury Favourites. It is impossible just to sample one. It's perfect for Christmas
(review of free book)