Title: Weightless

Author: Michele Gorman

Pages: 64 Pages

Publisher: Notting Hill Press

The Blurb

Sometimes looks can be deceiving

Annabel’s not surprised when nobody recognises her at her 10 year reunion. The spotty fat teen nicknamed AnnaBall by the school bullies is long gone. But standing on the edge of the popular crowd, she still feels like that girl. That is, until Jack, her teen crush, starts flirting with her. Much to her amusement, he has mistaken her for Christy Blake, Annabel’s chief tormenter before she moved to France in their last year.

It’s just a bit of fun at first, letting Jack believe she’s Christy. After all, he was nuts about her before she said au revoir to England. And when he asks Annabel out, the fun becomes something even more interesting. The more they date the deeper they fall for each other. So what if Annabel has to fib a little to keep up the façade?

As the lies start compounding, and she realises that they’re falling in love, she has to tell him who she really is. But she’ll lose the love of her life if she does.

The Review

Weightless is a classic story of mistaken identity. Think a modern day Shakespearean tale.

At her 10 year high school reunion Annabel is shocked to find herself on the receiving end of her high school crush’s attentions. There is only one problem with this and that is he thinks she is someone else. Namely, Annabel’s old high school bully, Christy.

As Annabel’s web of lies gets bigger and bigger she finds herself falling more and more in love. Can she save the relationship or is she destined to lose the man she loves.

Weightless is a fun short story. It resonates with us all who dread going to the reunions with our high school classmates because we all want to impress. I think the lesson I have learned from Weightless is just to avoid reunions at all costs!

Weightless by Michele Gorman is available now.

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3 Stars

Title: Hobb’s Cottage

Author: Ruth Saberton

Pages: 36 Pages

The Blurb

When Phoebe Summers moves to an idyllic Cornish cottage, dark deeds from the past quickly begin to cast sinister shadows across the present…

“Spooky, evocative and so poignant. The perfect autumnal bedtime read.” Chrissie Manby.

“Gave me real shivers!” My Book Shelf.

The Review

Hobb’s Cottage is a story that is based on historical events; events that could have happened in any town or village. The story is about a woman named Tilly who was accused of witchcraft because she was pregnant and lived alone. A few hundred years later a heartbroken Phoebe rents the cottage where Tilly lived. In a strange coincidence their lives are paralleled and Phoebe is haunted by Tilly’s memory and knows she has to right the wrongs of the past.

For such a short story Ruth Saberton packed a whole lot of themes into Hobb’s Cottage; themes of magic and witchcraft, loss and also a theme of prejudice to name just a few. The most enduring theme for me had to be one of loss; loss of love, loss of a child and also the loss of innocence. You cannot help but feel heartbroken for both Phoebe and Tilly that were both left by the man they loved and both lost a child.

It is strange because they were both the villain of the piece. They were both mistresses, breaking up marriages because of their lust but they are also the characters that we feel the most empathy for. It was rather clever of Saberton to choose to write a book like this. It was also very brave. Chances are we could have adopted the attitude that both Phoebe and Tilly got what they deserved. Yet we never think that. Kudos for the writing skills there Ruth Saberton.

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Hobbs Cottage