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Tin Can Serenade

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Two homes in the mountains
Snowed in for winter’s keep;
A river in between them,
A rope tight o’er the deep.

A mother and her daughter,
A father and his son,
A cottage and a cabin,
A story yet unspun

But time did freeze a tin can
Dangling from that rope
A messenger from days gone by,
Echoing long lost hope.

Until a cold November day
Saw decades fall away;
Young hands in
Kindle Edition, 36 pages
Published July 17th 2015 by Lanternwood Press (first published December 2013)
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Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sooo sweet. A nice little read. It was fun to piece the story together just by reading letters exchanged between a boy and a girl. If it had been a normal length novel I would have found it irritating, but the length and the story was simply lovely :)
Four stars for enjoyment level alone, five stars for sweetness, but the pacing has some lumps and there are several editing errors that pulled me out of the story, as well as the boy's POV that was at least a decade too modern for the time frame; a time frame that wasn't set easily at the beginning of the tale; and an abrupt ending.
Worth a read!
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, own, romance
Seldom do I use the word enchanting. But if I could borrow it for a moment to use on this enchanting little book, it would be perfect.

Two children separated by a river with no boat to cross use a tin can on a pulley to communicate with notes. Their friendship extends to their parents through the notes, and what surprises and what joy this old rusted tin can brings.

Beginning and ending with delightful little poems, the ending is worth closing your eyes and letting out a satisfied sigh.

Now, is
Andrea Cox
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
by Andrea Renee Cox

A delightful tale in exchanged letters, Tin Can Serenade is a Christmas short story to cherish. A couple of typos and a bit of a slow start are why I docked a star, but I thoroughly enjoyed this e-Short once I caught on to the darling children's method of communication. The setting came alive so vividly, I nearly thought I saw my breath puff out from the chill in the air. I love it when books pull me in like that, where I feel like I'm right there experiencing everything w
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this short story free on amazon so I had nothing to lose by reading it.
The first thing I loved was the cover. Oh, my, that cover is a dream, isn't it?

I moved on to the opening dedication and was intrigued by the fact that the author used her reader's cherished Christmas memories to shape the story. I thought that was a cute idea and was excited to keep reading.
Next came a poem – a sort of prophesy of how the story would unfold. It set everything up really well.
Jocelyn Green
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novellas
Short and oh so sweet. What a delightful little tale, perfect to read from start to finish with a cup of tea on a cold winter's night. The storytelling technique of notes between two children was clever and beautifully executed. A refreshing and fulfilling story told through unique voices. I loved it--and even more so when I read the author's note at the end, explaining how she wove in some of her readers' Christmas memories into the story. Such a charming tribute to love, Christmas, God, and th ...more
Ellen Gray
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found this book for free and decided to read it. I really enjoyed it. It is a short, sweet story about a boy and a girl who send notes back and forth over the river separating them. The notes show the personality of each child. I was surprisingly pleased with the fullness of the story even though it is short. I really liked this story.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story is a charming juxtaposition of two time periods, told though letters written by children and sent across the river in a tin can. I like the way the details of the past are slowly revealed and a bright future becomes a reality.
Kathy Heare Watts
What a delightful quick read. This is little notes and letters sent back and forth across the river in a tin can on a rope pulley. Through the letters, history is revealed, as well as, two people who at one time cared for each other.
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet little read! I loved the way it was written that the two children were writing to each other passing it through the Tim can. Loved how the communicated from the heart. I definitely recommend this as a sweet quick read! I was gifted this book in exchange for my honest review.
A.M. Heath
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely delightful!!! Short, sweet, charming, and written solely through letters between children. I LOVED it!
Cheryl Olson
Darling short story- long on charm and nostalgia!
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
This little story was perfectly lovely.
Ugochi Akwiwu
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and written from and to the heart. Loved it!
Oh how I loved this short story!! I will definitely have to look up more from this author! She has a very beautiful way of writing! Thank you to my friend that recommended it!!
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very cute short story!
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this charming short story. It's a tale of love and trial and finding the way back. A very quick and enjoyable read!
Nadine Keels
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
Two children strike up a correspondence, via a tin can and a pulley, that will uncover a long-buried connection between their families, bringing a chance for love and redemption in Tin Can Serenade by author Amanda Dykes.

Tales told all or mostly through characters' correspondence can be a little hit-and-miss with me. But this Victorian short hooked me with its "jump right in and get it!" approach. It's a great example of how a story can say so much without using a lot of words.

Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Little Tale - A Must Read For Romantics

Another lovely little story by a most gifted wordsmith.
It is told in the fashion of two children sending written messages to each other. The tale unfolds to reveal that the boy's widowed father and the girl's widowed mother had shared a past long before either had marred. Now you must read the story to find the rest of it. 😊
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A super sweet tiny tale

An enjoyable little tale to brighten your Christmas! Amanda Dykes has a lovely way of turning a phrase - she always creates memorable word pictures in her writing.
Kimberlie Currier
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this story! ❤

This was the sweetest story I have read in a long time. It touched my heart. I highly recommend this story and will be checking out more offerings from this fine author!
Nancy Holte
Super quick read (only 36 pages). A fun little story.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful short story. Once I picked it up I couldn't wait to see how it ended. But then I was sad because I wanted more. Amanda Dukes is a very gifted talented writer.
Sandra Osborn
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simply lovely filled with grace and happiness
Jeanne Alfveby Crea
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Sweet short story made from various Christmas memories of the author's readers.
Lorna Corcoran
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Short but delightful
Susan Marie Molloy
Nov 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is a strange book that had zero sense. I abandoned it.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, christmas, kindle, 2018

I wanted to read so much more ... And yet there is so much story packed in this little gem of a tale!
Sally Andrews
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a cool box. Very sweet. Neat little Christmas love story. Took less than an hour to read.
I loved this little free Kindle book. Through notes passed back and forth between two children, we are introduced to the story of what transpired between each of their single parents long ago. My only complaint is that I would have loved to hear more!
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