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A Life Unpredicted and other stories PDF/EPUB Û Life



10 thoughts on “A Life Unpredicted and other stories

  1. John Dolan John Dolan says:

    This is an elegantly written collection of short stories by Joanne Phillips best selling author of ‘Can’t Live Without’The stories pull at the emotions but without undue sentimentality Ms Phillips engages her reader without the angst ridden accretions which cluster around so much of today’s writing on matters of the heart Instead she leaves her reader to draw their own conclusions Her characters are uickly and deftly drawn and she proceeds without ado straight to the nub of mattersI detected a unifying theme around the tales one of loss Whether it is the loss of a loved one ‘A Life Unpredicted’ and ‘A Careful Man’ loss of perspective ‘Joy’ and ‘So Many Children’ loss of a relationship ‘No Matter What’ ’One to Keep’and ‘Dear Jean’ the writer mines deep feelings while herself maintaining a sense of detachment It is interesting to note that her full length novel – the first three chapters of which are included with this collection – begins with the main protagonist losing her home in a fire The tales are not however morose Far from itMs Phillips’ writing is spare and direct with scarcely a word wasted This is just how short pieces should be written in my not so humble opinionI enjoyed ‘A Life Unpredicted’ The only uestion for me now is Can a guy raised in the North East of England bring himself to read Ms Phillips’ chick lit NOVEL? Hmmn I did enjoy the first three chapters


  2. Terry Tyler Terry Tyler says:

    First of all I'd like to advise you not to be put off by the reviews that complain about a third of the book being taken up by the first three chapters of another of novel this latest edition not only has a great new cover but now contains just the stories themselvesJoanne is such a good writer and I can see why she's so successful Her books are always very professionally presented and she clearly works hard on them to make them as tight as possible before publication She treads a very good middle path; nothing is too 'out there' she writes about issues that concern so many women and her writing style is light and extremely readable without being stupidly fluffy This is a lovely little collection of stories just the thing for a long journey or bed time reading They weren't all up my street as I have zero interested in parenting but that's just a personal preference; I'd recommend this book as an excellent introduction to her work


  3. Pauline Pauline says:

    I don't know why short stories as a genre aren't popular if the novel is the full meal then the short story is the snack the sandwich or simply the welcome biscuit with a cup of teaPhillips provides a thoroughly satisfying 'menu' of these snacks some uick and simple others a little complex All can be considered 'modern British cooking' there is nothing here especially exotic glamorous or pretentious Instead we meet ordinary people facing mostly ordinary challenges described with skill and precision by the author A Life Unpredicted spoke to me on a personal level and will resonate with anyone who wonders if they have fulfilled the potential of their youthIn Dear Jean I was dimly but pleasantly aware of the deftness of the writing as the protagonist's voice attitude and likeability changed and grewMy favourite however was Joy for its exceptionally effective use of minimal words to convey a scenario and character This piece could easily serve as a textbook example of how to use the five senses to reach out grab the reader and pull them into another lifeI will be first in line to read the next volume of short stories from this writer


  4. CaroleHeidi CaroleHeidi says:

    I don’t always do well with short story collections – I get irritated with all the switching around and usually want to know about a story or am left thinking ‘why exactly was the point of that?’ and want the five minutes I spent reading backI uite enjoyed this selection though laughing out loud on than one occasion even shedding a tear at the end of one or twoEvery piece is concise and well written and I found myself struck by certain phrases and ideas that hung around in my head long after I had finished reading


  5. Frances Thompson Frances Thompson says:

    A charming easy to read and gentle collection of short stories ranging in subject matter length and style I really loved Touch and A Careful Man Recommended to anyone who wants to grow their love of short stories Hope to read short fiction from the author one day


  6. Maria Maria says:

    Lovely collection of stories They could have been written about real people Some are very short and others are involved but all will leave you thinking about the characters and their lives I love this authors style of writing and am looking forward to reading her novelsMost of the stories in this collection are like a snapshot of a moment or a particular time in someone's life Many people will identify with the themes including parenting relationships loss love family I enjoyed all the stories and I think a few of them could maybe be extended in the future into longer fiction maybe novels There is an experimental feel to this collection with differing lengths of the stories and the way they are told I particularly liked the story Dear Jean that was just a series of letters where only one character's side of the story could be seen It was very cleverly done I also loved the realism that pervades all of the storiesSome of my other favourites were A Life Unpredicted and One to Keep but all the stories are worth reading


  7. Heather Heather says:

    Let me start by saying im not normally a fan of short stories but I seem to be reading and of them at the momentI have to say I enjoyed this collection of short stories and some of them are very shortI personally thought the first half of the book was better than the second half but thats not to say the second half was badits a very uick read and I read it over the course of a day picking up abd reading a bit whenever I had a spare few minutesdefinitely an author whose works I will be looking at in the very near future


  8. Paula Sealey Paula Sealey says:

    For me a short story still needs a beginning middle and end and although I enjoyed what there was of these tales I would describe a few of them as snippets Dear Jean was good but a few letters would have satisfied my need for a proper conclusion to the story Nice for a uick no fuss read


  9. Mishy Mishy says:

    A uick easy read I enjoyed this book


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A Life Unpredicted and other stories [PDF / Epub] ★ A Life Unpredicted and other stories By Joanne Phillips – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Love loss joy regret and the perils of parenting – all these themes and are explored touchingly and bravely in this collection of ten short stories includingA Life Unpredicted – The key to your fu Love loss joy regret and the perils of Unpredicted and MOBI · parenting – all these themes and A Life Epub / are explored touchingly and bravely in this collection of ten short stories includingA Life Unpredicted Life Unpredicted and PDF/EPUB ì – The key to your future might be hidden in the past Shortlisted for the Grace Dieu Short Story competitionParenting Class – “‘You need help’ Gina had said ‘and I know just the place’ Gina was my social worker and the place was Parenting Class Tuesday afternoons free to those desperate enough to need it”One To Keep – A story for everyone who’s ever made – or broken – a new year’s resolution“This new volume contains all the hallmarks of her novels sensitive observation elouent phraseology a kind heart a uick intelligence and a generous nature” Debbie Young author“Ms Phillips’ writing is spare and direct with scarcely a word wasted This is just how short pieces should be written” John Dolan.

10 thoughts on “A Life Unpredicted and other stories

  1. John Dolan John Dolan says:

    This is an elegantly written collection of short stories by Joanne Phillips best selling author of ‘Can’t Live Without’The stories pull at the emotions but without undue sentimentality Ms Phillips engages her reader without the angst ridden accretions which cluster around so much of today’s writing on matters of the heart Instead she leaves her reader to draw their own conclusions Her characters are uickly and deftly drawn and she proceeds without ado straight to the nub of mattersI detected a unifying theme around the tales one of loss Whether it is the loss of a loved one ‘A Life Unpredicted’ and ‘A Careful Man’ loss of perspective ‘Joy’ and ‘So Many Children’ loss of a relationship ‘No Matter What’ ’One to Keep’and ‘Dear Jean’ the writer mines deep feelings while herself maintaining a sense of detachment It is interesting to note that her full length novel – the first three chapters of which are included with this collection – begins with the main protagonist losing her home in a fire The tales are not however morose Far from itMs Phillips’ writing is spare and direct with scarcely a word wasted This is just how short pieces should be written in my not so humble opinionI enjoyed ‘A Life Unpredicted’ The only uestion for me now is Can a guy raised in the North East of England bring himself to read Ms Phillips’ chick lit NOVEL? Hmmn I did enjoy the first three chapters

  2. Terry Tyler Terry Tyler says:

    First of all I'd like to advise you not to be put off by the reviews that complain about a third of the book being taken up by the first three chapters of another of novel this latest edition not only has a great new cover but now contains just the stories themselvesJoanne is such a good writer and I can see why she's so successful Her books are always very professionally presented and she clearly works hard on them to make them as tight as possible before publication She treads a very good middle path; nothing is too 'out there' she writes about issues that concern so many women and her writing style is light and extremely readable without being stupidly fluffy This is a lovely little collection of stories just the thing for a long journey or bed time reading They weren't all up my street as I have zero interested in parenting but that's just a personal preference; I'd recommend this book as an excellent introduction to her work

  3. Pauline Pauline says:

    I don't know why short stories as a genre aren't popular if the novel is the full meal then the short story is the snack the sandwich or simply the welcome biscuit with a cup of teaPhillips provides a thoroughly satisfying 'menu' of these snacks some uick and simple others a little complex All can be considered 'modern British cooking' there is nothing here especially exotic glamorous or pretentious Instead we meet ordinary people facing mostly ordinary challenges described with skill and precision by the author A Life Unpredicted spoke to me on a personal level and will resonate with anyone who wonders if they have fulfilled the potential of their youthIn Dear Jean I was dimly but pleasantly aware of the deftness of the writing as the protagonist's voice attitude and likeability changed and grewMy favourite however was Joy for its exceptionally effective use of minimal words to convey a scenario and character This piece could easily serve as a textbook example of how to use the five senses to reach out grab the reader and pull them into another lifeI will be first in line to read the next volume of short stories from this writer

  4. CaroleHeidi CaroleHeidi says:

    I don’t always do well with short story collections – I get irritated with all the switching around and usually want to know about a story or am left thinking ‘why exactly was the point of that?’ and want the five minutes I spent reading backI uite enjoyed this selection though laughing out loud on than one occasion even shedding a tear at the end of one or twoEvery piece is concise and well written and I found myself struck by certain phrases and ideas that hung around in my head long after I had finished reading

  5. Frances Thompson Frances Thompson says:

    A charming easy to read and gentle collection of short stories ranging in subject matter length and style I really loved Touch and A Careful Man Recommended to anyone who wants to grow their love of short stories Hope to read short fiction from the author one day

  6. Maria Maria says:

    Lovely collection of stories They could have been written about real people Some are very short and others are involved but all will leave you thinking about the characters and their lives I love this authors style of writing and am looking forward to reading her novelsMost of the stories in this collection are like a snapshot of a moment or a particular time in someone's life Many people will identify with the themes including parenting relationships loss love family I enjoyed all the stories and I think a few of them could maybe be extended in the future into longer fiction maybe novels There is an experimental feel to this collection with differing lengths of the stories and the way they are told I particularly liked the story Dear Jean that was just a series of letters where only one character's side of the story could be seen It was very cleverly done I also loved the realism that pervades all of the storiesSome of my other favourites were A Life Unpredicted and One to Keep but all the stories are worth reading

  7. Heather Heather says:

    Let me start by saying im not normally a fan of short stories but I seem to be reading and of them at the momentI have to say I enjoyed this collection of short stories and some of them are very shortI personally thought the first half of the book was better than the second half but thats not to say the second half was badits a very uick read and I read it over the course of a day picking up abd reading a bit whenever I had a spare few minutesdefinitely an author whose works I will be looking at in the very near future

  8. Paula Sealey Paula Sealey says:

    For me a short story still needs a beginning middle and end and although I enjoyed what there was of these tales I would describe a few of them as snippets Dear Jean was good but a few letters would have satisfied my need for a proper conclusion to the story Nice for a uick no fuss read

  9. Mishy Mishy says:

    A uick easy read I enjoyed this book

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