Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Matter of Maternity & Other Stories

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Editor ~ Sarah Nock
Publisher ~ Ferry House Books
Published ~ 1 April 2013
Genre ~ Anthology | Contemporary
Pages ~ 133

My Rating ~ 3 bites

This anthology has 15 short stories pertaining to motherhood and/or family. I would mark them as fiction or contemporary. There are some great illustrations in this, too. I have to admit, I think the illustrations are my favorite part.

Some Other Summer by Harriet Shaw ~ Young love and war.

Backfire by Sally Cade ~ Oops. That ended up with a much different result than intended.

Bear with me by Felicity Wilson ~ Wow. That’s actually depressing.

Midnight in Bombay by Sarah Nock ~ Um, okaaaaay.

The Creditor by Jon Ashbrook ~ Hmmm, something is fishy here.

Sa Bhaile by Laura Tilton ~ Well, better to know than be left wondering. But the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

Bandaranadah by Sarah Nock ~ My least favorite because I didn’t understand the point of it.

The Old Carpet by Miriam Moss ~ I know people who would do this.

A Matter of Maternity by Sally Cade ~ You can’t pick your family, but this is too much.

The Train by Sally Cade ~ Meh

Seasonal Greetings by Jon Ashbrook ~ Leopards and all that…

Excess of Loss by Neil A.T. Davidson ~ The world of stockbrokers.

Heavenly Pursuits by Harriet Shaw ~ Oooh...a paranormal one. Nice!

Easter Eggs and Redemption by Susan Aykin ~ How do you get over betrayal and hurt?

When the Dead Awaken by Sarah Nock ~ I don’t get this.


  1. I'm generally not a fan of shorts; the only time I'll make an exception is when they are in a compilation like this. More bang for your buck! Unfortunately, for the most part only half of the stories end up being good as seems to be the case here. Thanks for reviewing them individually; it really gives a sense of the whole picture.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    1. I like anthologies when 1. I can pick up a short from a series I enjoy and 2. pick up a short from an author I've never read before. Of course, I hate to read a series out of order, so if it's a short that's a standalone then I'm fine. If it's from a series then I need to read the ones before it. Always a dilemma in anthologies. LOL