Catching the Light

Catching the Light A compelling and heart warming set of four short stories by Mary Grand author of Free to Be Tegan The New ArrivalRachel has moved to the Isle of Wight determined to become invisible Hiding a shameful

  • Title: Catching the Light
  • Author: Mary Grand
  • ISBN: 9781310764288
  • Page: 224
  • Format: ebook
  • A compelling and heart warming set of four short stories by Mary Grand, author of Free to Be Tegan.The New ArrivalRachel has moved to the Isle of Wight determined to become invisible Hiding a shameful secret she cultivates a cold polite smile as effective as an electric fence However, unexpectedly, into her life comes a loving, crazy, individual Lottie the cocker spA compelling and heart warming set of four short stories by Mary Grand, author of Free to Be Tegan.The New ArrivalRachel has moved to the Isle of Wight determined to become invisible Hiding a shameful secret she cultivates a cold polite smile as effective as an electric fence However, unexpectedly, into her life comes a loving, crazy, individual Lottie the cocker spaniel Everything is about to change.Catching the LightErin thinks she has found her fairytale prince However, the honeymoon in a remote cottage in Wales shatters the dream For the first time in her life Erin discovers the mystical world of fairies.BelongingMegan works in a Theatre for the Deaf She is Deaf Her language is British Sign Language One evening she meets John, who is hearing, and two worlds collide This is the story of the struggles, joys and tears of their remarkable relationship.The OutingThis was to be the most important day of Kay s life However her mission to be free from years of guilt reveals so much than she could possibly imagine.Free to Be TeganAlso included is an excerpt from the author s full length novel Free to Be Tegan.Tegan, aged twenty seven, is cast out of the cult, rejected by her family and the only life she has known She is vulnerable and na ve but she also has courage and the will to survive She travels to Wales, to previously unknown relations in the wild Cambrian Mountains.Reviews of Free to Be Tegan An excellent debut novel, can t wait for the next one Powerful and beautifully written and I look forward to reading further books from Mary Grand Loved the book I was gripped and couldn t put it down It was very thought provoking and emotional with lots of plot twists to keep you on your toes I highly recommend this book.

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    1. Real rating: 3.5 starsAn enjoyable collection of four short stories written by my buddy Mary Grand!The New ArrivalWhen Rachel's neighbour falls ill, she is not overjoyed to look after her cocker spaniel for a while But a beautiful friendship forms.This was a really sweet story, with a lovely idea of bringing people together through common interests. Catching the LightSteve seems the ideal husband- mature and intelligent with impeccable manners- but he is not as perfect as he first appears.I enj [...]

    2. This is the first audiobook I narrated. It contains four quite different stories, some hard-hitting, some romantic and some very gritty. Not always a happy end which is refreshing but certainly food for thought here.Its a book for delving into and it did bring a tear to my eye as I read it.Try the audio if thats your thing - if not the book is worth a read.

    3. Catching the Light is a collection of four independent short stories by Mary Grand. It revolves around women who have made a discovery in their lives. The first story is about a relationship with a dog, the second about an abusive relationship, the third was about a deaf girl finding love, and the last story is a woman carrying years of guilt.Personally for me, my favourite story was the third one. I loved the way italics are used to indicate use of a sign language, as it generated some surprisi [...]

    4. Catching The Light: Four women, four compelling short stories is a delightful book of four short stories about the power of friendship.I stumbled upon this little treasure purely by accident one day whilst on Twitter and I'm so glad that I did.Each story is written in a seemingly simple style but they are all thoroughly engaging and the characters are very easy to relate to.The New Arrival and Belonging were my favourites. The first is an enchanting story about Rachel who has moved to a new area [...]

    5. Having read Mary Grand’s first novel, ‘Free to be Tegan’ I was eager to read her latest collection of short stories, and they didn’t disappoint.My favourite is the story of Megan, who is deaf. I found her decisions really interesting, and not what I would have expected. I learned a lot about deaf people and how they have their own community. Megan meets a hearing person and their worlds are so different.The story of Rachel was another interesting one. I don’t own a dog, and have never [...]

    6. Four stories about four women with problems. Each story is very different from the others, and each has something to say about our society.I found them all interesting and enjoyed the way they were told, especially those in which the storyteller held some of the information back.I felt all the stories finished too quickly and could have been expanded. But they were long enough to make me think about the issues tackled in them and that, I think, is a sign of a good short story.

    7. Mary Grand's 'Catching the Light' is packed with exceptional stories of love and loss. Her prose had to be the most facile, the most elegant and clear I've ever had the pleasure to read. If you like emotive stories about animals, dogs in particular, and humans (of course), then this is the book for you; and not a word out of place.Brilliantly done!

    8. Mary Grand has done a great job of making each of her characters and plots distinct from one another. I enjoyed each of these four stories in its uniqueness.

    9. Enjoyed reading the short stories which told good stories of the women and how they coped. Thanks for the reading.

    10. Catching The Light by Mary Grand is a mass market contemporary collection of four short stories.The New Arrival is a sweet story about man's best friend. It shows the power of the unconditional love of animals. They love expecting nothing in return and offer healing for wounded souls. "A best friend is some-one who loves you when you forget to love yourself."The story has the themes of loss and hiding, hurting and healing. It is a story of new beginnings and shows how friendships can form throug [...]

    11. This is a collection of 4 short stories, all featuring women, who are disappointed in themselves, or their lives.My favorite is THE NEW ARRIVAL. Rachel has moved to the Isle of Wight to get away from a bad experience. She’s hoping no one notices her and so far its worked. Until the day her neighbor knocks on her door looking for someone to take care of Lottie, the cocker spaniel. The dog’s owner is in the hospital and has no local family. Rachel’s not sure why she said yes, but having Lott [...]

    12. This is a short collection of four stories.The first, The New Arrival, is a sweet story about a woman who is escaping her past developing a bond with a dog, Lottie, a Spaniel, after the dogs owner can't look after her. Based on the island, it was a good read.Catching the light is a somewhat depressing story about a woman making a bad choice in her marriage. The addition of the supernatural did not really work for me.Belonging was my favourite story, about a deaf girl who finds love. This story h [...]

    13. Having enjoyed this author's first novel, I was looking forward to these four short stories and Grand did not disappoint.'The New Arrival' is one for dog lovers, poignant and sweet, an easy read any time.'Catching the Light' is a moving story, the reader concerned at the very beginning as to how it will endd the ending is unexpected!The other two stories, 'Belonging' and 'The Outing' were the ones I really enjoyed! 'Belonging' allows the reader to view life through new eyes, with a new perspecti [...]

    14. The title of this charming book says it all! These are truly four well-crafted, enchanting stories. Although Ms. Grand is a talented author in her own right, her writing reminds me of the stories by Maeve Binchy. Ms. Grand has given us characters that we learn to care about as we see them take on life's challenges, whether small or big. The stories are flavored with pleasing descriptions of the setting of each story, bits of local color which add to the overall charming quilt of the stories. The [...]

    15. Catching the Light: Four women, four compelling short stories Different stories about women and the choices they make that they sometimes wish had been different.Some are disturbing to me as the women are being not only punished for not being what the spouse really want but hitting her.Glad other things intervened to help her get out of the bad situation. Enjoyed one other where the woman is sitting for a dog due to the woman who became hospitalized.Love how she's able to go outside and find oth [...]

    16. Catching the light is a book of 4 short charming stories about 4 different women and the lives they they are living and wish that they could be different. I especially liked the story of Rachel who comes to live on the Isle of Wight. Where she wants to be left alone. But by chance, she takes in her elderly neighbours dog (because they are in hospital) called Lottie and a whole different life begins.This is the first Mary Grand book I have read and really enjoyed, with her heart warming stories a [...]

    17. Good collection of varied short stories that are heart touching and fun to read, included is a bonus sneak preview of a novel which sounds really interesting. All in all I would say the stories were well written and will keep readers engaged. The author did a great job with this collection. It is hard to go into each story but I will say all are worth the read!

    18. Mary Grand has an engaging style of writing. I thoroughly enjoyed her debut novel 'Free To Be Tegan' and her latest collection of short stories are equally pleasing. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.

    19. I am new to Mary Grand and thoroughly enjoyed her short stories. Each is unique and insightful, leaving the reader wiser and empowered. I will be reading her other works and recommend Mary to all.

    20. A delightful collection of four very different stories about four very different women. Lovely settings too, beautifully described.

    21. I really enjoyed this book I can't decide which one is my favorite but I have downloaded free to be Tegan

    22. These were four short enjoyable stories with The New Arrival and Belonging my two favorites. I always love a good dog story (The New Arrival) and it was interesting to read a story with a deaf character to see things from their point of view (Belonging).

    23. Four short stories about four different women.The first is about a woman who is asked to look after a neighbour's dog while her neighbour is in hospital and is completely transformed at a result.Secondly, Erin meets a man Steve, 25 years her senior and they marry (against her family's wishes) after a whirlwind romance. Steve turn out Erin to open the box in the cottage should she need any help.The third tells the tale of Megan who is profoundly deaf. Through hard work she enters University only [...]

    24. Really enjoyed this! Catching the light is a collection of four short stories centered around four women,the first is a story about rachel and Lottie the dog she takes in,the second centers around newlywed Erin who discovers her husband is actually a controlling and abusive brute, the third a touching story about Megan a deaf woman who starts up a new relationship, and Kay a married woman living with a secret. The stories are well written and enjoyable I'm glad I finally got round to reading the [...]

    25. nice easy read, perfect for my hops on the bus I could read a whole story on each trip. 4 different but interesting stories, far deeper than their length would have you believe they could be, a mark of skill on the part of the author, I feel, that you can get so much from so few words.

    26. Five short stories illustrating a snapshot in time for five different women. They are simplistically written without much plot but just enough descriptive language to develop empathy for the characters. A quick, easy read.

    27. I found nothing compelling about the first two stories Finished them out of respect for the author, but really nothing compelled me to even start on the other two.

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