One of the most fulfilling gifts of being a book reviewer is getting introduced to authors you would not have known about if you were just looking for books on an Amazon search. I met Sarah Mallery by chance on Twitter and have forever been glad of our encounter. Sarah is an amazing author and has entertained me for countless hours with her writing.
I interviewed Sarah on Lit World Interviews and you can read that interview here. In addition, on that same site, I reviewed her book, “Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads.” Please click here to read that review.
Author, Sarah Mallery
Today, I would like to quickly review two more of Sarah Mallery’s books, “Tales to Count On,” and “Unexpected Gifts.” Both of these books were gifted to me by the author. My aim here is to give an authentic review of her books and to introduce you to the author and her works.
Tales to Count On
Do you ever find yourself short on time? If so, “Tales to Count On,” was written especially for you – the person on the go. In fact, the stories start out as microfiction that continues to grow in length with each story in the collection; thus explaining the play on words with the title. There is something here for everyone.
This is Sarah Mallery’s second published collection of short stories. Each tale is told with a unique twist that will draw you into the web of tales she skillfully weaves. Some of the stories will surprise you and others will easily bring you to tears. From the account of a woman working at a women’s shelter to the yarn about a room in a mansion that contains secrets from World War II, you will embark on a strange and wonderful journey throughout history.
One of my personal favorites was called, “The Kitchen.” A bit of a neat freak myself, I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the woman cleaning the most used room in the house. Just remember, nothing is as it seems with Sarah Mallery telling the tales. Just when you think you have it figured out, Sarah will show you otherwise.
I rated “Tales to Count On,” as 4.5 out 5 stars. This is an excellent choice for late night readers who want something to read quickly. I was entertained from start to finish.
You can find this book on the following links:
Do you believe that history repeats itself within families? If so, “Unexpected Gifts,” will lead you on a journey through the past and into the future of a bewildered college student named Sonia, who is trying to make heads or tails out of her chaotic existence. Sonia’s life spirals between her studies and her rock musician boyfriend colliding with an impact that rocks her to her core. She finally realizes that decisions need to be made in order for her to gain control of the addictions plaguing her.
Turning to her mother, Sonia is introduced to the family’s best kept secrets, journals written by her ancestors. Sonia learns that her family was prominently involved in the women’s suffrage movement, the sinking of the Titanic, the rise of the assembly line, the building of the Empire State Building and the Great Depression.
World Wars, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam figure heavily in the stories, too. As Sonia embarks on a journey back into time learning about the people who came before her, she learns of her parent’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the cultural revolution of the Sixties. These lessons from the past prove to be the medicine that helps Sonia find her way in the world today.
Sarah Mallery weaves her magic for writing short stories with a historical flare into the plot of this novel, making it seem like a lesson in life one could live by. I was completely wrapped up in the characters who touched me deeply with the realities of their own life struggles. I also found I was emotionally connected to many of the true life events depicted in the book of which occurred during my journey into adulthood. You could say, through Sarah’s writing, I received some ‘unexpected gifts’ of realization of my own.
I rated “Unexpected Gifts,” as 5 out of 5 stars. “Unexpected Gifts,” is the rare kind of book that encourages you to look at your own family heritage to find the answers to your own problems. Long after the completion of the book, I missed the characters and the impact their stories made on me. This one really touched me deeply.
You can find this book on the following links:
Sarah Mallery’s Links:
Pinterest: (I have some good history boards that are getting a lot of attention—history, vintage clothing, older films)
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/S.-R.-Mallery/e/B00CIUW3W8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
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Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.
The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.
Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.
When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.
She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.