The Romance writer's Organisation of South Africa (ROSA) brings you an anthology featuring new and seasoned authors.
We all need a little bit of sweet in our lives. And that's why the authors at ROSA thought it would be a wonderful idea to collect together the short stories and novellas of nine authors, wrapped up in a beautiful, pink bow in the Sweet Songs of Summer anthology.
Sweet Songs of Summer collects together the romantic words of Alissa Baxter, Francine Beaton, Lara van Lelyveld, Lorna Kelly, PG Barker, Melissa A Volker, Meg Chronis, Kathy Bosman and Tlalane Manciya in an anthology of short, sweet happily ever afters.
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Looking for quick reads with guaranteed happily ever afters? This nine-author anthology of sweet romances will make you sigh, chuckle, or cry at the antics of all the characters. All the stories are set in South Africa. The authors skillfully bring to life the cities, beaches and bushveld of this beautiful country through the eyes of the men and women who all need someone to love. You can smell the grass of the polo fields in Alissa Baxter's Is This Love, and you'll want to curl your toes in the sand on the beach featured in Kathy Bosman's story, Every Moment.
In Lara van Lelyveld's Time Waits for Nora, a woman makes space for love in her life despite facing pressing deadlines while looking after a friend's antique store; in Tlalane Manciya's State of the Heart, Dineo and Bongani have to face up to the ghosts of their past; and PG Barker tells the story of a lawyer and a movie maker.
It is very hard to choose a favourite story, so I won't even try. But, I particularly enjoyed Second Fiddle by Meg Chronis. She captures the charm of the bushveld with a story about Sophie, a wannabe wedding planner who has to deal with her past hurts, baboons and a world-famous violinist in the form of the handsome Nate Holt.
If you enjoy stories that involve food, then you'll love A Taste of Romance, where photographer Olivia attempts to heal her broken heart by taking on a new assignment. She finds it hard not to get distracted by the hot chef who creates sizzling dishes for the photo shoots.
While there are quite a few insta-love stories in the anthology, Francine Beaton's story, Chances, is refreshing as she writes about two best friends who reunite after eight years and discover they might just want more from each other than friendship.
And can I just say that every woman deserves to have a Wyatt, The Pool Guy,featured in Melissa A Volker's story.
The stories featured in this limited-edition anthology will help you shorten your commute time, give you a welcome escape from everyday life and leave you with warm, fuzzy feelings of love. Give them a try.
I received an ARC copy of this anthology and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
Loved having the chance to read romances which happen in familiar settings, being a South African. One story by Lorna Kelly stood out for its vivid use of language. For instance, the simile of the “ lump in the throat like an unpeeled litchi “ was so powerful it made me feel like I had one stuck right there. I also enjoyed the images of wildlife in Meg Chronis’s story, having experienced baboon raids and the flood of adrenaline that happens when the bush rustles while you’re on foot, in various wild life areas around SA.