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Connections: A charming collection of short stories about life on a Caribbean island resort by Sheila O'Flanagan

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 320 Pages.

Published: 11 January 2007 by Headline Review

ISBN: 0755323459

EAN: 9780755323456

In touching, poignant and delicious tales of life by the ocean, Sheila introduces some of the most likeable and interesting characters she's created. There's Tara, who's arrived with the man she wants to marry only to find that a rejected lover is planning to get in the way; Grainne, who's been sent with her husband by their children to celebrate their anniversary, and who thinks the time has come to move on. Rudy's on an idyllic break with his young son which is set for an unexpected ending; and Isobel - of ISOBEL'S WEDDING - discovers her ex-lover Nico might be staying just next door. Romance is very much alive in the hot Caribbean nights...


3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Superficial and insubstantial

I am not a particular fan of short stories because I feel that there is not sufficient time to become completely involved in the story before it stops and there is no room for character development. This book reinforces my view.

All the 12 stories in this book are linked by a Caribbean holiday resort. Each story is a brief look at the life of a person and the reason why she/he is at the resort and then what happens as a result of the trip. Some of the stories are light-hearted and some are sad or touching. Characters from each story drift in and out of the others and two of the stories are mini-sequels to other books by the same author.

There is nothing to dislike about the writing or the ideas in the book. The stories are well written and clever. I found, however, that although I was entertained I was not engaged because there was not enough depth. A book for passing the time which does not require significant concentration.

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