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HerStory: Fiction Honoring Women's History Month

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In ancient times, women were regarded as sacred. They were thought to hold the mystical power of creation—responsible for the continuation of our species. With the rise of science and religion, these myths were dispelled and their plight began.

HerStory: Fiction Honoring Women’s History Month is a collection of flash fiction and short stories from today's top authors featuring female characters that exemplify strong strength of mind, body, and character. Some of these tales are based on real people while others are purely fictional. However, all are standing up for themselves and what they believe in.

Grab yourself a glass of wine or favorite hot beverage and get comfortable as you read about the lives of women who will light the fire in your soul.

246 pages, Paperback

First published March 1, 2013

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Tara Chevrestt

27 books293 followers
Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, aviation mechanic, and dog mom. She loves vintage clothes and period dramas and wishes she could time travel. You’ll never see her without her Kindle or a book within reach. As a child, she would often take a flashlight under the covers to finish the recent Nancy Drew novel when she was supposed to be sleeping.

She no longer writes books, but you can still read her thoughts and opinions on books and movies and articles on women's issues on her blog.

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March 14, 2013
This book was absolutely amazing. There are about 30 tales, all of which revolve around strong heroines. Its takes you on a walk through time. You start out all the way in ancient Rome and the very last story is set in the future with a woman who is part of Doctor Without Borders. There are stories of woman overcoming abuse, of women fighting for their right to vote, and mothers who love their children unconditionally. There are sword swinging warriors, queens who made sacrifices, and even an African American cowgirl! I wish I could leave a review of each story, because they all deserve one, but then this post would go on forever. All I can say is, this anthology is a masterpiece and a must read for any woman who is looking for a little empowerment!
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342 reviews195 followers
March 30, 2013
A great collection of shorts stories featuring all kinds of different heroines. With stories ranging from Ancient Rome to the 1970s, and even a story set in the future, we were met with realistic heroines, flaws and all.

Some stories had characters that were entirely fictional, others were based on women who actually existed, famous or not. Some stories were even based on the author's own family member. Whether the heroine made strides in world affairs, or just strides in her own home, she was admirable.

Also noticeable was the fact that were met heroines who were from all walks of life: different classes, races, etc. This was a refreshing change.

There's something here for everyone. Every woman should be able to connect with the women written about here.
Profile Image for Shomeret.
1,041 reviews201 followers
March 31, 2013
As is usually the case with anthologies, I liked some stories better than others. I decided to review my favorites. The stories that I'd rate most highly were: 1) "Southern Daughter" by Megan D. Martin which seemed to be a Southern belle story when it started out, but turned into something totally unexpected. 2)"Silent Suffragette" by Tara Chevrestt--Tara returns to the time period that she portrayed so well in Votes For Vixens. 3)"Without Borders" by Dianne Hartsock--A knock out punch noir near future tale that warns us of what may happen if some current trends continue.

I'm glad I had a chance to read this anthology during Women's History month. I'm sure that other readers will have different favorites.
Profile Image for Morgan Summerfield.
Author 7 books1 follower
March 10, 2013
Twenty-seven women brought this collection to life with their talent, their passion, and their desire to collaborate. This book is not only a testament to women of the past, in honor of Women's History Month, it is also a testament to the women of today who know and understand the power they possess as a group. With this many choices, there is bound to be at least one story that strikes a cord. But...I may be a bit biased since one of my short stories, Adella, is in the anthology. You be the judge.
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Author 17 books16 followers
March 29, 2013
This is an incredible anthology filled with amazing stories that all have very strong, empowered women. I would suggest this book to any female! Strength lies within, - but when in doubt we should look to our past.
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Author 1 book1 follower
July 8, 2013
Wow - an awesome collection of stories! A great read for a summer evening sitting on the porch and sipping wine. I really like the idea that this book introduces several new authors. I look forward to reading this book cover to cover.
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Author 19 books25 followers
May 10, 2014
Really enjoyed most of the stories in this! Loved how it showed how women from ancient civilizations to the present have stood up for their beliefs and shaped history. Very well done!
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14 reviews1 follower
March 31, 2013
A wonderful collection of short stories and a great tribute to woman.
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39 reviews52 followers
October 15, 2013
“HerStory” is for sure an amazing collaboration! Readers interested in historical literature and events will be enthralled when reading these fictional accounts of some of the most fascinating women.

One of the stories that stood out for me the most would be “The Speech of Hortensia” by Marie Antonia Parsons. Set in a time where women were not heard, Hortensia sets out with a large crowd of women on foot to do exactly that-be heard. These 1,400 women stand before Roman leaders demanding to remain exempt from being taxed. As they feel that their men; sons, brothers, husbands etc have been stolen from them for war. Women were never taxed before and the great leaders of Rome never required women to be taxed.

Strong women, like Hortensia and many others portrayed in this book, remind me to stand up for what I believe and what is right. Women hold the force behind such power that sometimes we don’t even realize that we have and the profound effect that we can have on each other.
Author Mirella Patzer also writes a story about a mother who demands to regain the respect of her son. Matilda spends her days helping the poor and aiding women from all walks of life that are in need. Preparing baths and feeding the hungry. Her generous spirit is quickly taken aback by Otto, who feels since the demise of his father, that his mother has been spending way too much of her inheritance and is out of control. Matila makes the long journey to remind her son that she is his mother and she deserves respect.

How many times have you or someone you know forgotten that, even in old age, our parents deserve respect? This story, for me, was a humbling reminder that even though I become the queen of my castle, I should never disrespect my mother and at all costs, allow her to live the life she wants to live. It also reminded me that in today’s world, our modern minds like to think that locking away our parents are going to change anything. Live and let live no matter your power and what control you may think you have. Taking away anyone’s independence can have its consequences.

Tara Chevrestt makes her own fictional story of how she can imagine that the life of Lolita Lebron and how it would or could have played out. As mentioned in this story, some of the historical events are true. Lolita was a rebel. A woman who demanded to be heard. “I will leave this world still fighting for independence, for women, my people, my island, myself.” This is a legacy worth carrying on! Even after being imprisoned, Lolita never backed down from her beliefs, no matter how much pain or suffering it could cause her.

If you are into historical events and don’t mind a fictional account, you will be interested in reading the creations of these authors. These authors also happen to be strong women. “HerStory” is a bright example of what women truly are capable of. In real life and in fiction. As women, we should hold our heads high and never fall for any hype. Stand for what you believe in and nurture each other. Excellent read!

Reviewed by Savannah Mae for Say What? Savannah Mae October 2013
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1,001 reviews54 followers
May 21, 2013
This is a great collection of thirty stories featuring strong women, both real and imagined, from Ancient Rome all the way up to the present day, and taking place in America, England, Wales, Germany, Turkey, Japan, and Cambodia. They are diverse in storytelling and in style and voice too, and the characters range from mothers and housewives to nurses, activists, society gals, and even a terrorist, and range from sweet to melancholy to fierce and triumphant.

I can't touch on all of the stories here, but I do want to mention my favorites from the collection: A mother stoically sends her husband and older sons off to war in the fight for Welsh independence in the twelfth century in "The Legend Rises." A young woman illegally sold into indentured servitude makes a break for freedom and finds romance along the way in "Riverboat Queen." There's a pair of really good Civil War stories: In "An Uncivil War," a nurse takes matters into her own hands to prove her worth on the battlefield, and in "Pick a Side," a brave young miss in side-switching West Virginia becomes a message carrier for the cause. They are followed by the excellent "In the Company of Spirits," featuring a poignant and intimate view of a controversial first lady. There are also stories of women's rights and civil rights, including a sweet one from Tara inspired by a vintage postcard, "From You No." Tara also penned the powerful "No Mas," about Puerto Rican rebel Lolita Lebron.

I really enjoyed spending an evening with these stories. Of course, I enjoyed some better than others, but as a collection I think it's very strong--well written, evocative, and entertaining. It has enough variety to offer something for everyone, yet all of the stories remain very true to the theme of the collection. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction and women's fiction.
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Author 17 books153 followers
July 6, 2013
HerStory, a short story collection celebrating women's history month, was introduced to me by a friend. She had booked several of the writers on her radio show, and we got the chance to speak with them. After hearing them discuss their stories, I was intrigued and volunteered to review it.

One of the things that I enjoyed most about the collection was the fact some of these stories have a basis in real events. I was able to discover some fascinating women that I hadn't heard of up to that point, and I loved the styles of the different writers.

A few highlights for me featured a young woman delivering a message to the confederacy during the Civil War, a woman who risked everything to be with a black man in the south, and a tale of a cowgirl. Another favorite was about a woman who defies the rules preventing women from going into mines to do her duty and save lives.

If you like strong female characters, and historical fiction, I recommend this one highly.
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175 reviews43 followers
September 13, 2013
This was a very nice read. I think lunch-break, read a few stories.
But it was also very empowering. I loved the different era’s. And even though they were fictional, you know there is a kernel of truth in there. If it wasn’t for these women, standing up for big things, but also little things, where would we be now? The things we take for granted, what would we do without them? I hope there are still inspirational people out there, inspirational women. Not only because of the big things they do, but of the little things as well. You can be the cornerstone of a big thing happening, just because you did the right thing or showed the right example.
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67 reviews8 followers
July 7, 2013
As a collection of short essays about courageous women, I thought this book was excellent. Some of the essays were beautifully written and even moved me to tears. I enjoyed experiencing the different writing styles of the various authors. although some of the essays were not to the same standard as others I still feel like it was a great collection. This is a perfect read for somebody who puts down a book for a day or two in between chapters.
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