Michelle MacIsaac


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Smashwords book reviews by Michelle MacIsaac

  • Crush (The House On Glass Beach, Book 1) on Oct. 17, 2012

    I have never read a book like this. Part gay erotica, part dramatic character study, but the prose is almost like an autobiography or memoir, but with two narrators. I was very moved by their story . There was such tragedy and sadness in the lives of Jamie and Tam, and they learn that it takes enormous courage to face the opposition and hostility directed at them, just because they are in love. I love the writer's style, very simply spoken, yet richly detailed and intimate. I don't want to reveal a lot about the plot. Before pursuing the purchase of this book, I read some information about it. There is some very difficult and touchy content in this book, besides being quite erotic, but the author handles all of the unpleasant issues with a caring touch. The issues are clearly very close to her heart, but she balances the seriousness with light humour and even some laugh out loud funniness. I am very glad to have this book in my collection. Very impressed.
  • Burdens: A Short Story on March 09, 2013
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    A much more lighthearted story than the other works of this above average writer. I would have liked more story told. Where will they go on their first date? How will Alice handle a ready made family of twin boys (I wanted so badly to read more about those babies!) It was nice to read that Alice's family apparently is aware of her homosexuality and does not heckle her about it. I was prepared to dislike her cousin Elaine and her Aunt Sue, but the author obviously didn't want "villains" in this story. It's just a sweet romance about two women whose lives have been difficult. I would give it 5 stars but I think it ended too soon. I'm sure there is more to their story!
  • Our House: A short story on March 09, 2013

    This is a very violent and upsetting short story about a woman who is raped and tortured by a serial sadist/killer. It's too real for me to want to read it ever again. I would give it a lower rating if not for the ending, which {SPOILER} could be one of the most justified endings I've ever read. It's too real and too brutal up to the end. The violence isn't overly done and the tale is told from the victim's pov, which makes it easier to bear and gives you a character to care about even though her fate is apparent from the first. Like all victims of evil, she will go on to better things while the evil killer will receive his "reward" in due time. I don't know if this kind of thing could garner a readership. Then again, Alice Seibold's novel The Lovely Bones is a similar work, with a murder victim becoming the heroine. The author of this story makes "Amelia" a hero even though I would have liked more explanation about how her demeanor contributed to the mistakes her killer makes that get him captured and brought to proper justice.