Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Glimpses,” by Author, @HughRoberts05

*I was given a gift copy of this book by the author*

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book.

Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected,’ then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh.

Dare you take a glimpse into the lives of these unsuspecting characters?

MY RECOMMENDATION:

I was excited to begin reading Glimpses because recently, I have found a new love for short stories – especially written by a British author. I lived in England for a few years back in the early 1980’s, and I think my love of the country and people is rekindled by these stories. I could quickly read a few stories each night which fit my schedule perfectly. The author writes in numerous genres which I also found to be a pleasant surprise.

Glimpses literally gives the reader a brief look into the lives of everyday individuals who experience anything but the ordinary. Each story leads you into a different situation with different characters. Although, there is a four-part murder mystery included that I found to be an extraordinary read. I almost fell out of bed with the final reveal in the serial!

One of my favorite stories was The Last Train to Aldwych, where Grace Simmons meets the same ghost every year on the same date on the London Underground. I shivered in delight anticipating how the story would be told. Instead, I found a surprise ending that left me excited to read more. In fact, each tale had a twist or surprise which made for a satisfying read.

A couple of the stories evoked scary memories of Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone, a show I had watched as a teenager. Don’t be surprised if you don’t hear the haunting melody of the introduction music playing in your mind as you read. I know, I did!

I enjoyed this collection of short stories and if you love your fiction filled with a hint of suspense along with some “shock and awe,” Glimpses is the book for you.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars



Author, Hugh W. Roberts, and Toby

About the Author

Hugh W. Roberts was born in Wales and returned to his homeland in 2016. Having lived in various parts of the UK, he spent twenty-seven years living and working in London, a city he loves very much. He’s also lived in Chepstow, in south east Wales, Hartlepool, in the north east of England, and Brighton and Hove, on the south coast of the UK.

Despite the fact that he has dyslexia, Hugh was thrilled when he passed both his English Language and English Literature exams at school. He had always enjoyed writing, especially short stories, and was only persuaded to start publishing his work when he was introduced to blogging in February 2014. This was the catalyst that propelled him to fulfill one of his lifetime ambitions of writing and publishing a book.

Still a very keen blogger, Hugh has built up a large following on his blog made up of family, friends, authors, and people from all over the world. He writes about everyday life, publishes some of his photography, and has even dabbled in writing poetry (one of the writing elements he finds difficult to do).

Now living between the town of Abergavenny and the city of Swansea, Hugh shares his life with his civil partner, John, and their Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Toby. He spends his days writing, reading, walking, cycling and likes to relax in front of the television with a glass of red wine. He’s always been a morning person and does most of his writing during the day.

Hugh has already begun writing short stories for his next book, which he hopes to publish towards the end of 2017. In the meantime, he would really appreciate it if you would consider leaving a review on Amazon for this, his first short story collection.

Here’s where you can find Hugh:

Blog: https://hughsviewsandnews.com

Google+: Hugh W. Roberts https://plus.google.com/108647661887874692677

Twitter: @HughRoberts05

Thanks for stopping by to hear about Hugh’s book, Glimpses. ❤


56 thoughts on “Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Glimpses,” by Author, @HughRoberts05

  1. Colleen, thank you so much for this wonderful review of Glimpses. It’s made my day 😀 I’ll be sharing it across social media over the coming weeks. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the stories, but sorry for making you almost fall out of bed. 😀
    I must thank you for all the support and encouragement you gave me while I wrote the stories for Glimpses. You’re a wonderful inspiration to many and I would never have published this book and made my dream come true without many of you.
    Thank you.
    xx 💛

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    1. Hugh, we are so lucky and blessed to have met such a support group of authors when we started blogging three years ago. I wanted to tell you that I started a Flipboard magazine for Colleen’s Book Reviews and have added your review there, Amazon – U.S and U.K. and Goodreads. I hope you have another collection in mind. You are truly the master of the “twist” in your stories. I can’t wait to read more. ❤

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      1. Thanks again, Colleen, that’s so very kind of you. I will check out your book review magazine on Flipboard and will flip the posts. I am putting another collection together and intend to start work on it after The Bloggers Bash has taken place in London. I’m busy with organising that at the moment so apologies for the delay in replying to you. It’s all go what with the bash only being just over 3 weeks away.
        Hugs to you. 💛

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  2. Hi Colleen,
    I am a follower of Hugh’s blogs and look forward to his post. Through the months that we have followed each other’s writing, a long distance friendship has resulted. Although on my “to read” list, I have not read Glimpses. Thank you for reviewing his work and sharing with your post. My message for Hugh is, keep writing and never stop dancing your butt off. 🙂

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  3. I also loved this book, Colleen. I enjoyed both the stories you mentioned and also The Truth App was a particular favourite. What about the lady that went to India for surgery – eeek! Great review and I hope that Hugh is busy with the next book.

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  4. I loved Glimpses too! I read Hugh’s blog too so I was certain I’d love his twists and turns in Glimpes too and he didn’t disappoint me 👏👍👏He’s such a huge asset to us new bloggers in always offering his help and support too!

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