Tribute Books: “Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves” by Dianne Ascroft Book Review/Giveaway

By Ruth on May 28, 2014 in book, giveaway, review


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Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves Book Summary:
Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves is a collection of half a dozen short stories with Irish connections. Tales of outsiders who discover they belong, a humorous slice of life yarn, heartwarming love stories and a tale of taming fear. The shadows are on the wall, in the heart and clouding a woman’s memories while tangible foes tramp through the physical landscape. The stories were previously printed individually in a variety of publications, including Ireland’s Own magazine, Dead Ink Books’ website, and the anthologies, Fermanagh Miscellany and Tuesdays At Charlie’s.
Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves: a collection of short stories

Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves: a collection of short stories by Dianne Ascroft

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sometimes I genuinely enjoy short stories, and thete are other times I find them quite lacking.  Permit me to say from the outset that this group of stories is completely wholesome, and the reader can probably complete all stories in less than an hour.  The setting was nice, and a few of the stories truly piqued my imaginatiom.  For what these stories are, they are well-written and enjoyable.
Honestly, the brevity of the stories is what I did not enjoy.  The story would begin to resound with me, and then the end would appear all too soon.  I would be immeasurably enticed to read these again if each one were developed into a more copious short story or even a novella.  The author has some magnificent beginnings, and I would be enthralled to read in greater depth.
I was sent a free book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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Dianne Ascroft’s Bio:
Dianne Ascroft is an urban Canadian who has settled in rural Northern Ireland with her husband and an assortment of strong willed animals. She writes contemporary and historical fiction with an Irish connection. She has released the short story collection, Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves and a novel, Hitler and Mars Bars. Her articles and stories have been printed in Irish and Canadian magazines and newspapers as well as in anthologies by Writers Abroad, Fermanagh Writers and Fermanagh Authors’ Association.

Format: ebook
Pages: 39
Release: June 16, 2012

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  1. Tribute Books Blog Tours May 29, 2014 Reply

    Ruth, I know that you’re a fan of wholesome, clean stories so I’m glad that you enjoyed Dianne’s collection. Thanks for the review.

  2. Mary G Loki May 29, 2014 Reply

    I have been on a short story kick lately. 🙂

  3. BookLady May 29, 2014 Reply

    This sounds like an interesting short story collection.

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