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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  19 reviews
'Pieces of a Rainbow' is a collection of seven short stories, each one based on a different colour of the rainbow. You will find a full spectrum of emotions within the stories. Some are sad, some uplifting. There are not always happy endings, but the tales reflect the real world, and the forces of nature at work in our lives; sometimes beyond our control. The stories are d...more
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Published 2010 by Rose And Freedom Books (first published November 2nd 2009)
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It's hard to write a really good short story. An entire collection of them harder still. I'm certain you could rattle off the names of 5 great novelists without stopping to draw a breath -- but how about naming 5 masters of the short story . . .? I rest my case.

While sweating-out a novel is no stroll in the park, It does afford one the time and scope to lay the foundation of back story; develop character; create atmosphere. With the short story, it's strictly a case of hit the mark or miss the...more
Jerry Travis
Nov 11, 2009 Jerry Travis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: fiction
Two young girls poison their souls for life by keeping the secret of how they accidentally burned down a house, with its occupants (a mother and baby) disappearing in the fire. A single mom struggles to raise her two children, a boy and a girl, in a neighborhood rampant with gang violence. A romantic encounter at a beautiful seaside resort between two hurt and lonely people almost happens, but doesn’t. A woman tries to trick her girlfriend by bribing her fortuneteller, but is it she or the fortu...more
Pieces of a Rainbow (maria Savva)
A book of short stories that reflect the colors of the rainbow, emotional hues, of life.

The characters are true to life, each individual facing their emotions, and dealing with life in these modern times. Some have happy endings, some unsure, and some not so fortunate.

Ms. Savva writes with emotion, bringing the reader in touch with each (character) on a personal level. Their thoughts, feelings, emotions come to life on every page, as if (you) were spying a person...more
Nov 02, 2009 Maria rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is my new short story collection. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it :)
Jess Scott
First of all, I really like the cover--it just matches up so well with the concept of the collection which is based upon each 'color' in the rainbow. How cool is that!

I particularly enjoyed 'Envy', 'Mystic Purple', and 'Rainbow's End', though all of the stories were succinct. They weren't succinct in a lazy sense either--characterization was good in the sense that I actually cared and was interested in the characters' sentiments and situations (which is quite hard to do when you have a "limited...more
I finished this book in less than a day, it was such an easy read. That's not to say that it was the best book I've read, just that the stories were simple and easy to read.

Personally for me, each time I started a story I would think "I am not sure if I like this or not." Then the story would turn in some way I would be left thinking "I still am not sure if I like this or not."

Almost every story had to do with someone getting a divorce, being divorced, getting cheated on, or having kids & th...more
Julie Powell

What a fabulous analogy for the range of emotions that drive us humans. Loved the easy to follow style and the relationships to which we can all relate, this in addition to the realistic characters, it can only be a success.

I loved the lines, '...a blank canvas on which to build her dreams...' and '...he was a tattoo on her heart that could not be removed...' from Seeing Red, the first story, and '...leaving a hole the size of a watermelon in Sally's soul...' from, Envy (story four),...more
One of the things I love most about Maria Savva's writing is that readers can expect the unexpected. This anthology is no exception.

"Pieces of a Rainbow" is a collection of seven tales, each featuring a color found along the classic ROYGBIV spectrum. Sometimes it's a flower. Sometimes it's flame. Sometimes it's a character's name. The references tie the very different tales together.

My favorite of the lot was "Envy," the green story in the set. It's a tale about differing perspectives of two peo...more
Stacy Juba
This anthology was a well-written and compelling glimpse into the lives of some very interesting characters. I loved the use and symbolism of color, and looked forward to seeing how the author would carry on that theme in each story. It takes a special knack to write short stories and Maria Savva is very skilled in this genres as well as with writing novels. Her characters are full of emotion and her stories take unexpected turns. I'm glad there are so many colors in the rainbow as each story in...more
Pieces of a Rainbow is a collection of character-driven and compelling short stories. The characters who people these stories feel real, and their joys, sorrows, and challenges come to life in the reader's mind. Each story pulls the reader into its world, and each story is like a powerful lens on the day-to-day life struggles of its characters. There's a depth in each of these stories, which rings true to life, and the rainbow theme is wonderfully executed, with each short story titled a single...more
I have already read and enjoyed Maria Savva's first two novels'A Time to Tell' and 'Coincidences'. This new book 'Pieces of a Rainbow' is an excellent collection of seven short stories in which each story is based on one of the colours that make up a rainbow.Within Maria Savva's written work you will always find emotional stories that reflect the realities of life and the world that we find ourselves living in. Each story within this book is very different in style with some stories being sad an...more
Mona IS
Simple, beautiful and a light reading book, didn't rise to my expectations though. Her stories were so predictable and I personally love a story to be surprising or at least with a breath-taking sequence of events. I loved the idea of the rainbow colors, that each color is relevant to each story.
Sep 23, 2010 Maria rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the kindle version of my collection of short stories. Enjoy!
Chris Stanley
Excellent, will write reveiw shortly
Darcia Helle
Maria Savva writes with striking realism. The characters feel like everyday people whose stories could be playing out right now with neighbors, friends, or the strangers you see around you.

I love the concept tying this collection together. The stories reflect the array of colors they encompass, giving us a rainbow of emotions.
This book was awful. I don't understand how it has so many rave reviews. The writing style gives the vibe that a 13 year old wrote the book.
Marion Katrina
Nice idea, but I don't think short stories are for me. Not enough time for character development. At times, the stories felt slightly too cliched.
Aly Lawson
Oddly, a bit fast-paced. The color idea was a little trite. And the connections between stories were just okay. Sorry, Maria.
The writing was juvenile and the stories felt uninspired.
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Writer of many novels and short stories, multi-genre.

Maria is a blogger for the UK Arts Directory

Currently working on a second edition of A Time to Tell, a new short story collection in collaboration with other authors, and her 6th novel.

Look out for current news about her writing on her website (address details above).
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