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Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves: a collection of short stories by Dianne Ascroft
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Short story fiction
Book Description: Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves is a collection of half a dozen short stories. Tales of outsiders who discover they belong, a humorous slice of life yarn, heartwarming love stories and a tale of taming fear. The shadows are on the wall, in the heart and clouding a woman’s memories while tangible foes tramp through the physical landscape.
The stories were previously printed individually in a variety of publications, including Ireland’s Own magazine, Dead Ink Books’ website, and the writing collections, Fermanagh Miscellany and Tuesdays At Charlie’s.
My thoughts: Dancing Shadows, Trampling Hooves is a collection of short stories that depict a turning point for the main character. The character makes a decision that effects their mental, physical, or romantic state.
Each story takes place in either Ireland or Canada. Both are places that the author is familiar. In a few of the stories the MC moves from Canada to Ireland and is missing home. This mirror's the author's life. You can tell that the emotions are real.
The stories are well written. I do not typically read short stories, I love the development of plot and character. I admit that I was impressed with the quality and word building of the stories. Each story takes a short time to read, it's perfect for when you don't have a lot of time to read a book and want to take a short break.
About the Author: Dianne Ascroft is an urban Canadian who has settled in rural Northern Ireland with her husband and an assortment of strong willed animals. She writes contemporary and historical fiction with an Irish connection. She has released the short story collection, Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves and a novel, Hitler and Mars Bars. Her articles and stories have been printed in Irish and Canadian magazines and newspapers as well as in anthologies by Writers Abroad, Fermanagh Writers and Fermanagh Authors’ Association.
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