Friday, April 11, 2014

{Blog Tour & Giveaway} Review Day: Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves

Title: Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Author: Dianne Ascroft

Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves Book Summary:
Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves is a collection of half a dozen short stories with Irish connections. 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 anthologies, Fermanagh Miscellany and Tuesdays At Charlie’s.
My Review:
A lovely collection of short stories!  Each story had characters you loved and some you didn't.  There are some stories in the collection I enjoyed more than others, and would love to see them developed more, but the collection as a whole was great.  Dianne wrote each story with just enough detail to paint a picture, but still kept them short and sweet.  I really loved the different time periods, some modern while others were clearly older (no electricity!).  This is definitely a good quick read when you don't have much time to read a full novel or want a "breather" between novels.
My only complaint?  I wish they had tied together better.  I kept expecting characters from previous stories to pop-up in the next one, or have one giant "all-in-one" story at the end.

About the Author, Dianne Ascroft:
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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  1. Thank you for reviewing the book. I really appreciate you taking the time to do so. Yes, most of the stories were published individually in magazines at different times so there are different characters and settings in each of them. Writing a collection of stories that all tie together is definitely an idea for the future - thanks!

  2. Hilary, I'm glad Dianne's stories created a picture in your mind. Thanks for the review :)


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