Title: Hardy Roses: And Other Stories
Author: Maeve Mullen Ellis
Published: May 2014
Published By: Lulu Publishing Services
Format Read: Kindle for PC, eBook
Genre: Short Stories, Contemporary
Date Read: October 6 2015
Hardy Roses: And Other Stories is a collection of 33 short stories by Maeve Mullen Ellis. Some of which have been featured in other publications and some that had been previously unpublished.
I believe there is a story in this collection for everyone to relate to, as it covered many different topics. Some of the topics visited in these stories include: love, childhood, death, aging, pets and just life in general. The narrator perspectives range in ages from young to old and male to female. Many of the stories are set in New Hampshire or Ireland, however there are some that have different settings. A common occurrence throughout was the mention of either flowers and/or gardens. This tied in with the Hardy Roses theme.
Normally I am not a big fan of short stories because I find they tend to be rushed and skimp over details, but I didn’t feel this was the case with this book. Although each story was quite different from that last, for the most part I felt satisfied that they had concluded well. It was nice to be able to take my time while reading it, putting it down from time to time and returning to a brand new setting, plot and cast of characters.
My one slight irritation was that each story seemed to have the same somewhat solemn tone that didn’t make for much excitement.
I would recommend Hardy Roses: And Other Stories to those who enjoy short stories about life and its many trials and tribulations.