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A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

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This is a highly readable volume of Short Stories, set in modern Australia. Most tales are romantic.
The book kicks off with 'The Girl Next Door', an engaging tale of a young man's affection for his neighbour, which sadly goes amiss just as he summons the courage to ask her out. Other favourites include 'A Song for Ellie': a young man's struggle to be noticed by a singer; a
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Paperback, 132 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published 2011)
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Mark
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Lovely, spare, melodic prose that simply exudes warmth, and simple, pinpoint-focussed stories, with nothing extraneous to distract from the single, clear feeling that Sharp wants to evoke -- sometimes a feeling of wistful loss, at others one of ironic, happy bemusement or unexpected contentment, at a serendipitous turn of fate. Sharp is delicately poetic yet linguistically precise, in these clear-eyed vignettes of love's intricacies found, and crafts her sentences with meticulous attention to me ...more
Sharon
A Taste of Life and Love in Australia by Aussie author Margaret Lynette Sharp is a beautiful collection of short stories of love, friendship, marriage and so much more. I enjoyed each and everyone of these stories. So if you’re looking for a quick and easy read then I recommend this book to you.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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While grounded in an Australian setting with descriptions of familiar antipodean landscapes, A Taste of Life and Love explores the universal themes of love, desire and marriage.

While I think most of the tales within this collection are perhaps more properly vignettes or scenes rather than short stories, it seems a negligible distinction. Despite their brevity, Sharp neatly encapsulates each story, though there are some subtle links between scenes and characters.

Sharp writes of unrequited love,
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Jeanette
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Taste of Life and Love in Australia was a great read. I read it at night when all was quite. Story after story I felt as if I was there, especially at the beautiful beach scenes. I appreciate such a book after having to endure a busy day. Margaret Sharp did an outstanding job in describing the outdoors in Australia.
Brenda
This book, filled with twenty-eight short stories on love, romance, marriage and happiness is a gentle and easy to-read look at life in Australia. Written from varying perspectives, each short story explores a different aspect of life, from heartbreak, and despair, to delight and compassion. The simple manner of these stories makes them so enjoyable, with the author able to engage in the satisfaction of her characters with success.

A delightfully relaxing and peaceful read.
Margaret Sharp
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

A Taste of Life and Love in Australia is a collection of contemporary romantic short-short stories written by Margaret Lynette Sharp. These are sweet, romantic vignettes about love, second chances and new beginnings. The first story in the collection, The Girl Next Door, has a companion piece in the last offering, A Second Chance, about a first love interest that is never attained and then is found again years later. A Storm in Summer mingles lush des
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Maretha Botha
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Most days I seem to be running out of time and to be able to read a full length novel becomes more of a distant dream. So, I've been reading "The Essence of Life and Love in Australia" over a period of time, savouring each of the 26 stories. The author tells of life as her characters live it day by day, their ups and downs, their failures - at love - or weddings, sibling rivalries, families and friends. Another positive for me is that Margaret Lynette Sharp writes in the Present Tense, which hel ...more
AIA  Reviewers
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it
A Taste of Life and Love In Australia is a series of vignette-style short stories. In one way, it's like a diamond: there are dozens of facets to life, and more importantly love lives of people all over the world, but while the book focuses on the locations and scenery of Australia, it could easily be much more universal in scope: Tales of Life and Love. Period.

The style of the prose was direct, simple, and tended towards the poetic in places. Unfortunately, there is a bit of inconsistency betwe
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Nicola McDonagh
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Short stories lacking in substance

These gentle romantic short stories have an emphasis on the internal struggle for love and the right thing to do. Overall they are quite well written with some nice descriptions. 'The Sands of Love' being one of the better tales, begins with a lovely physical description that had me wanting to read on.

But, after reading several of the stories, I became less enthusiastic. Everything was just too nice and gentle, there was little in the way of any conflict or dra
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Jake Taylor
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ms Sharp has again provided us with a group of very charming short stories. From the young man who was too shy to make his move to the older gentleman who got a second opportunity many years later. In some cases, a door is shut while other opens according to the whims of Cupid. In other cases, interest gets involved. In A Taste of Life and Love in Australia, the author includes these lines: “So you would put an inheritance ahead of me? Ahead of our marriage? Is that what you're saying?” This rem ...more
Jenny Schwartz
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"A Taste of Life and Love in Australia" by Margaret Lynette Sharp is a collection of gentle, heartwarming stories that quietly reflect on life.

There is an effective simplicity to Margaret’s writing that means she, as author, doesn’t get in the way of her characters connecting with readers. Lines like “…the deep, limitless blue of our summer sky” from the short story, “A Storm in Summer”, draw you into a personal experience.

I can’t put my finger on why these stories feel distinctly Australian to
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Margaret Lynette Sharp is an award-winning writer, and the author of sixty-one titles, including #1 Amazon Best Seller, 'Longbourn Revisited'. Her work was highly commended during the the 2014 Hurstville Discovery Festival of Community Arts, and published by Hurstville Council in an anthology entitled 'Write Out Loud'. In November 2015 she won a Sec
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