Monday, May 19, 2014
Sincerely Yours, A Novella Collection by Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes and Ann Shorey
I don't often read novellas but when I saw that Jane Kirkpatrick was one of the authors in the SINCERELY YOURS collection, I wanted to see what she'd written. Jane Kirkpatrick's historical novels are always woven around a real person or event; many are centered in America's West or Northwest. While I find many novellas too simplistic, featuring one dimensional characters and limited plots, I do understand that readers seeking a quick finish to a story will find them appealing. With the less than 100 page restrictions, all four authors did well, but I give top honors to Jane Kirkpatrick who again managed to create a story based on an actual tidbit of Washington history.
Collections of novellas often have a simple link which binds the different stories together -- For example, they could all take place at Christmas or at the beach. In SINCERELY YOURS, all four novellas are set in the late 1800s or early 1900s and all begin with a letter which sends a heroine on a journey which that takes her away from all that is familiar and safe. In Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes,
One Little Word by Amanda Cabot A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick