Tears and Laughter and Happy Ever After – anthology

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Publisher: Blot Publishing (14 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language English
  • ASIN: B00680YUDO

Synopsis from Amazon:  
“Tears and Laughter and Happy Ever After” is avibrant and varied collection of tales from writers who between them have hadhundreds of short stories published in women’s magazines in the UK and aroundthe world! Contributors have also won or been placed in dozens of competitions,published novels and written non-fiction for many UK magazines.

As thetitle suggests, the twenty-six stories encompass the dizzying heights ofhappiness, the heartbreaking depths of sadness, and every emotion in between.Within the pages of this book you’ll meet a housewife with a surprising secret,a beekeeper with a problem and an undertaker with something unusual on hismind. You’ll also encounter angels, ghosts, aliens and many other intriguingcharacters. And, in the end, you may just find the path to happy ever after.


The Tears and Laughter and Happy Ever After website says ‘The idea for this book came from the successful ‘A Story A Fortnight’ writing group which brought the writers involved together in a project that has inspired and supported them in their short story writing.’

As a reader, I found plenty of inspiration on these pages …along with intrigue and tantalising glimpses that made me ponder.  In fact every story in this anthology gaveme pause for thought and at the end of each one, I had to take time to reflectback over what I had read and absorb the intention of the masterfully craftedtale.
I haven’t read short stories since I was much younger,preferring to lose myself in a longer journey. Now I’m wondering what I’m missing out on!
These twenty-six stories had me thinking about life … how weinteract with others and what it is that is really important in life.
I enjoyed them all but particularly staying in my mind is HiveTalking by Leigh Forbes (being patient may change the goal for thebetter!); Dinner in Paradise by Cally Taylor (there is more than one wayto interpret a dream); The Changing World of Michael O’Sullivan byKathleen McGurl (the choices we make are not always the right ones!); TheWoman in White by Jill Steeples (very poignant) and The Girl in theYellow Dress by Bernadette James (you never know what ripples your actionsmay cause at some point in the future). I enjoyed the tension and resolution in Going Backwards by DebsCarr and the quirkiness of From Tesco’s With Love by Sally Quilford.

The beauty of short stories is that you can dip in and outand you don’t have to read them in the order they are presented.  You can read them on short journeys,in-between chores, when you’re waiting … Being an organised person I have toadmit reading each page in turn and being so engrossed that I even read at thedinner table and late at night!  For me,Tears and Laughter and Happy Ever After is a keeper:
I would like to thank Debs Carr for sending me a copy toreview.
You can read more on the Tears and Laughter website,stay in touch through Facebook and follow tweets.



9 thoughts on “Tears and Laughter and Happy Ever After – anthology

  1. Thank you for your comments.

    Lainy – I agree with you. I found with TaL that because they were short, they were thought provoking. They all have a meaning/moral.

    Sue – definitely an ideal gift!

    Pauline – you can buy a copy for your Kindle 🙂


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