A Snow Garden And Other Stories

By Rachel Joyce.

Readers of some of my other reviews probably have guessed the affection I have for Rachel Joyce’s stories, including The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy.

A Snow Garden And Other Stories, as the title suggests is a collection of seven short stories, set around the Christmas and New Year season. It was lent to me by a friend who knew I like Joyce’s storytelling. I was previously unaware of a collection of her short stories.

Whilst each story is complete in its own right, and stands on its own merits, there is a loose connection between each tale presented to the reader. Sometimes this connection is obvious and spelled out, others are more subtle and is to be discovered.

I give nothing away by saying that the girl in the red coat appears in almost every story, yet this is not the connection, merely a coincidence of the season.

Whilst I have of late been reading more, 2 days is nevertheless exceptional for me to read a book cover-to-cover. An indication perhaps of my enjoyment of this collection of stories, all written in Joyce’s easy style able to convey feeling in simple, though not simplistic, form of words.

All in all another enjoyable read from one of my favourite authors. I look forward to the publication in paperback (Unless I spot it sooner in a charity shop in hardcover) of The Music Shop.

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