Review: A Taste of Life and Love in Australia by Margaret Lynette Sharp

 

Title: A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

Author: Margaret Lynn Sharp

Published: July 2012

Synopsis: This is an easy to read volume of Short Stories, set in modern Australia. Most tales are romantic. The book kicks off with ‘The Girl Next Door’, an engaging tale of a young man’s affection for his neighbour, which sadly goes amiss just as he summons the courage to ask her out. Other favourites include ‘A Song for Ellie’: a young man’s struggle to be noticed by a singer; and ‘The Blossoming’: a young woman emerging into life and love.

Status: Read on July 24, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy the author}

My Thoughts:

While grounded in an Australian setting with descriptions of familiar antipodean landscapes, A Taste of Life and Love explores the universal themes of love, desire and marriage.

While I think most of the tales within this collection are perhaps more properly vignettes or scenes rather than short stories, it seems a negligible distinction. Despite their brevity, Sharp neatly encapsulates each story, though there are some subtle links between scenes and characters.

Sharp writes of unrequited love, fateful meetings, romantic declarations and leaps of faith. Thoughtful and charming, each story is a window into the nature of relationships, sometimes blissful, at
other times difficult.

The writing is evocative, inspiring emotion with well-crafted prose and natural dialogue. Sharp’s storytellers are a mix of ages and genders, told in first and third person. It’s an interesting variety of perspectives and Sharp inhabits them well.

A Taste of Life and Love in Australia is one of six volumes by self published Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp. This collection, contains 28 engaging stories that provide a pleasant afternoon’s reading.

Learn more about Margaret Lynette Sharp and her other works in her guest post at Book’d Out HERE

A Taste is Life and Love in Australia is

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  2. Margaret Lynette Sharp
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 17:43:05

    Thank you very much, Shelleyrae! I’m so glad you liked ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’.:) Your lovely presentation of both the review and the Guest Post has been wonderful!

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