Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Tales from the Heart - Sophie King

This newly compiled ebook exclusive is a collection of twenty stories written by author Sophie King, which have been brought together in this format for the first time. The stories have previously appeared in various well-known women's magazines like Woman's Weekly and My Weekly. At their heart, the stories all concern themselves with things that lie at the heart of all our everyday lives - love, relationships, families and friends, and are written with warmth and humour, and sometimes with a twist in the tale.

I enjoyed reading this collection, and I found that it was lovely to be able to just pick it up and read a couple of stories, then come back to it again later, and read some more, with each story being a satisfying and complete read within itself. Short stories are not a format I read regularly, but I found these light, entertaining and engaging. 

Sophie King is adept at writing tales in this format; she quickly paints a picture, draws characters and sets a scene with enough information for us to grasp and enjoy the scenario being played out yet staying within the boundaries of a short story. I liked many of them, including Card Making for Beginners, which deals with a father son relationship and the theme of acceptance, whilst injecting humour through the card making session.

Sophie King has also written full length novels, and within this collection of short stories there is also the first two chapters of Sophie's new novel Divorce for Beginners. She is also a creative writing teacher.

Published by Corazon Books, as an ebook.

Find out more here - Great Stories with Heart.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ebook of these stories to read and give an honest review.

You can find out more about Sophie King by visiting her website here and follow her on twitter @sophiek_writer

The full list of the twenty tales included is as follows:

Other People's Children
Eating In
The Party
Holiday with a Difference
May I Take Your Picture?
I'm Sure I Put it Somewhere
What's Her Name?
I've Got Something to Tell You
That One is Mine!
Mental Striptease (For Older People Who Should Know Better)
Scattering Bert
Card Making for Beginners
No Presents Please
Here's One They Made Earlier
Bedroom Talk
Odds and Sods
Just One More Coffee
Under My Feet
Best Before
All Wrapped Up


  1. Though not a fan of the short story I'd buy this if only because of the pretty cover.

    1. Thanks for commenting. It is a lovely pretty cover isn't it, very appealing. I dont' read short stories very orften, but these were a nice treat.

  2. I absolutely ADORE that cover Lins! x


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