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Heart by Oliver Frances, A Collection of Love Stories

Review: When I saw this in my queue, I was looking forward to reading another work by Oliver Frances, whose title “Summer Love,” I had previously reviewed. His writing is often contemplative, and what some might call subtle. Sometimes the concept or actual message by the author isn’t easy to discern. Often there is the suggestion the author is actually speaking to the reader directly in the narrative, yet you question also, whether this is a character’s thoughts and feelings. In this particular case, this set of three tales, the author is telling the stories line by line. Not the most effective way, but you get the sense of what is being presented more readily.

Honestly, for native English readers, if you don’t have an understanding of someone writing in a language other than their mother tongue, certainly one might feel perplexed by the prose. Conversely, one might look at it from another angle, and believe an author should know more exactly what readers might want. I don’t agree with the latter, Oliver Frances has a unique style and voice all his own. Some get it, some don’t. To me, it’s important for each reader to decide this entirely on their own, for when exposed to too few writers from a variety of background and nationalities, I think it’s self-limiting, simply put.

That being said, each story in “Heart” read more like a prologue of a book, or possibly a long description. I wanted the details to be fleshed more, and not simply told that so-and-so happened and this person did this or another. I enjoy short stories more often these days, as many authors can provide a great story with a minimum of words, but I was left wondering what really was the point of collection. The stories aren’t bad but they lacked depth for me even though several interesting ideas were mentioned, but brevity wasn’t the issue. “Heart” would appeal to some, but understandably not to others.

 

Description: Heart is a collection of three stories about just love. It features “The Little Ugly Duck”, Cynthia’s remarkable beauty makes her gain fame and admiration but not love, consequently disappointment and sadness are the prize for such a comeliness. Unexpectedly she finds love in the most unthinkable place after suffering a terrible accident which turns upside down her own existence.

“The Writer”, a young lady whose big expectations about love are those depicted in fairy tales and simple love can’t fulfill her wish. Ironically a writer that builds worlds of fiction, but whose life isn’t led in the lines of his fantasy, is the man who shows her what true and real love is about.

And the last story that completes the collection is “A Marriage of Convenience”, one story of a girl and boy, from Italian families respectively, who find the most sought in life -without searching for, and they do not by a lovely casualness but by one unpleasant fact.

 

Published February 10th 2011
Publisher: THE LITTLE FRENCH
ISBN: 0012633860
ISBN13: 2940012633866
Available: Amazon and Smashwords, and other locations online
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Summer Love by Oliver Frances

Review: Sometimes there is that special person who inspires you from the first moment you see them. In the attempt to gain their favour, attention and love, even if they are fond of you, sometimes that milder emotion and friendship can be as agonizing as outright rejection. I found “Summer Love” to be a story of imperfections of personality and perception, of desire and melancholy devotion.

There were some places in the narrative where readers might become confused by the grammar and sentence structure, but having lived in one of Europe’s more multicultural cities, I recognized the “accent” in the words. For me, this made for an authentic feel which I perceived as essential for the English primary speaker to accept the author’s style of writing. That being said, I somewhat questioned whether the editor wished the author’s voice to remain “true to itself”, or simply missed correcting errors which would have improved the flow of the story.

There were periods throughout where point of view was not easy to ascertain, yet the author had a fine feel for developing the mood by establishing the setting. In the initial meeting of the two main characters, Frances’ description of the beach, the ocean was quite extraordinary: simple yet easily visualized. That opening scene very ably set the tone of impossible longing and the near fatalism one can feel when experiencing what one believes to be unrequited love.

In many ways, “Summer Love” is a dense, emotional story which must be read slowly to fully understand and appreciate the vision the author created, even doubly so as they insert what seems to be personal observations throughout. I found the book a story both compelling and unsettling as it reminded me of past heartaches and lovers now gone. Overall, I think this book is very successful in demonstrating the poignancy of  what “summer love” can be.

Description: This romance story begins at a low tide of emotion to evolve in a sea of whirlpool sensations.Kenny is a young man who meets Pat, a woman in her early thirties, on a summer day.The young makes the woman spring a world of emotions inside. And, through all the affair and some events of his life, Kenny turns into a grown man reasoning all the simple things which are usually overlooked. But, it is Pat who really learns about the essentiality of life.Summer Love is one story about emotions and philosophy about daily life.

Format: eBook and in print
Published: Mar. 22, 2010

Publisher: The Little French Company
Category: Fiction » Literature » Romance
Words: 12331 (approximate)
Language: English

Buy Link: Smashwords

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About the author:

Oliver Frances writes romance and mystery; also his work focuses on social issues. His short stories have been praised by fervent readers around the world, and some were published in Istanbul Literary Review. Frances has travelled to many countries and, from these journeys, has learnt about social and economics systems.

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