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Six Geese-A-Laying by Sophie Kinsella
Synopsis: In Six Geese a-Laying, Christmas is approaching, and Ginny is looking forward to the birth of her first baby. It’s a pity her partner Dan is so useless, and she has to keep reminding him where he’s going wrong. Luckily she’s enrolled into the most exclusive antenatal class going – all the highest achieving, smartest mothers-to-be aspire to be taught by the legendary Petal Harmon. Like the other five women in the class, Ginny already knows exactly what she wants, and how she’s going to handle motherhood. But when they turn up for the final class it isn’t quite what they expect. As Ginny discovers what parenthood is really going to be like, she begins to realize the things that really matter…
This short is available (currently free) via http://www.amazon.co.uk/Geese-Laying-Christmas-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B006H4DBA4 and http://www.amazon.com/Geese-Laying-Christmas-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B006H4DBA4.
Review (of the Kindle’s text-to-speech function)
Regular readers of my reviews will know that I have a bugbear for character names and as soon as I saw (heard) Geraldine, Georgia, Gina on the same page, I growled but then twigged that they are three of the Geese who are due to ‘lay’. Doh. I have an excuse. I was listening at gone 10pm. That said, I wouldn’t have had Georgia’s husband as ‘Jonno’ because although a J, it sounds like a G. And no, he’s not the fourth, fifth or sixth geese. 🙂 They’re Gabby, Grace and Ginny (the latter too much like Gina if I’m going to be picky… and I usually am).
Fans of Charles Dickens will love this story. I won’t say why because it’s a major plot point but this short story is based on a very familiar Dickens story and it’s such a brilliant twist that I didn’t see it coming.
We start the story with some horrible characters who we’re meant not to like but by the end we’ve warmed to them… one or three anyway, and as stories should do, the main character has learned something about themselves by the end.
Rating: 4 out of 5 (the average of the other 523 reviewers on Amazon.co.uk!)
Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey (“Morgen with an E”) is a prolific blogger, podcaster, editor / critiquer, Chair of NWG (which runs the annual H.E. Bates Short Story Competition), Head Judge for the NLG Flash Fiction Competition and creative writing tutor for her local county council. She is also a freelance author of numerous ‘dark and light’ short stories, novels, articles, and very occasional dabbler of poetry. Like her, her blog, https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, is consumed by all things literary. She is also active on Twitter, Facebook along with many others (listed on her blog’s Contact page). She also recently created five online writing groups and an interview-only blog.
Her debut novel is the chick lit eBook The Serial Dater’s Shopping List ($0.99 / £0.77) and she has six others (mostly crime) in the works. She also has eight collections of short stories available (also $0.99 / £0.77 each) – detailed on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/short-stories.
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