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An elegant collection of romantic short stories set in glamorous locations and, invariably, with a feel-good ending. Read them in your lunch hour, or before going to sleep to herald sweet dreams.

Villa d'Este: A handsome TV personality is bewitched by a mysterious young beauty.

Amsterdam: Walking home from his night-shift through the red light district, the last thing he exp
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Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published February 24th 2017 (first published October 4th 2013)
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Angelica Bentley
Out of all the collections of short stories I have read, this selection stands out for the quality and originality of the writing. The book contains nine very different stories, some short and sweet, others long enough to be novellettas. In each case, the setting becomes almost a protagonist, described with such skill and passion that it really comes alive.

The characters are fairly realistic and as well fleshed out as the story requires (which is, in itself, a rare skill), so that in the longer
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Zoe
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Light-hearted, sweet, and romantic.

This is a collection of short stories that takes you on a journey through life, love, and passion, and reminds us that sometimes things really do happen for a reason.

The prose is exquisitely descriptive. The characters are charming, appealing, and endearing. The plots are unique, although they share the standard contemporary romance, happy-ever-after ending. And the settings are magical, taki
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Stephanie Elmas
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I can’t remember the last time I read a book of short stories. What a refreshing change! Robertson Tait’s stories, ‘Riding a Strong Wind’, are fun, frivolous and hopelessly romantic. And yet Tait is a skilled writer who manages to balance his story lines with beautiful observation. His settings are often romantic and exotic (Tobago, Italy, Santa Barbara …) and it’s clear that Tait has extensive personal knowledge of these fabulous locations. Such is his ability to bring these places to life that ...more
Angie West
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A unique and well written collection of shorter stories with a hint of romance and a happily ever after to each. The happy endings to each story were heart warming and the writing strong but the best thing about the stories was the settings.

"In the evening they sat in his car, high on a hill, and looked out over the city, the lights glittering
below turning Rome into a carpet of warm, soft terracotta, an Aladdin's cave of delights."

This is from Florence-La Certosa, which happens to be my persona
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Peter Maughan
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The short story carries within it its own discipline, as distinct from that of the novel, and with far less canvas to work on, far less forgiving room, demands more craft in its structure and prose.

Here, it is in capable hands, the stories solidly yet lightly built, well written, with a glamour and a travelled world weariness that is open still to love, to hope, and peopled with characters who come off the page and dialogue you can hear as well as read. They cross the world, these tales, offeri
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A Highlander by birth, Robertson Tait started writing at university until “working life” got in the way. He returned to fiction writing by chance four years ago.

Robertson writes romantic comedy and contemporary stories with handsome, sensitive heroes and gorgeous, confident heroines. His characters have depth, and generally enjoy a satisfying happy ending. His stories, peppered with a strong dose
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“Och, away now, Ruari. You'll be telling us you're not knowing who that woman is next! Man, man, that's an awful affliction.” A grey-bristled, weather-beaten face beamed back at him.

“And isn't it you that's making the drives in her car at the dead of night, too?” A female voice joined in from behind the sweets jars: “Oh my, Ruari ... 'tis a terrible thing the guilt of the carnal pleasures!”

“I haven't had any carnal pleasures ... I simply got a lift home. You're terrible, right enough,” he defended himself.”
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