Title – Love, Loss and Life in Between
Author – Suzanne Rogerson
Genre – literary fiction, short stories
Love, Loss and Life in Between is a collection of short stories set across various themes in contemporary fiction. The subtitle mistakenly refers to the book as an anthology. It is a compilation of short fiction by the same author. We read about preparing for death, visiting mediums to connect with the dead, domestic violence, single parenthood, losing a child, losing a parent, adopting animals, planting a garden. Suzanne Rogerson covers myriad topics in a collection that addresses grief, hope, building connections and severing ties. The stories range from thriller to supernatural, fantasy and romance.
I loved each of the stories. Rogerson writes beautifully, and her style is warm and concise. The mixed genres make every story different and interesting in its own way. Her way of writing about human emotions and commonplace issues strikes a chord. The collection has something for all readers.
It also includes an excerpt of the author’s fantasy novel, which felt out of place with the rest of the stories, and rather tends to distract from the overall tone of the book.
My rating – 4.5/5
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her husband, two teenagers, a crazy cocker spaniel and an adopted cat that thinks she’s the boss.
Suzanne’s writing journey began at the age of twelve when she completed her first novel. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.
Now an author of four novels including the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and her debut, Visions of Zarua, Suzanne hopes the dreaded ‘W’ word will never rear its ugly head again!
She loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.
She collects books, is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles and old ruins whilst being immersed in the past. She likes to combine her love of nature and photography on family walks, but most of all she loves to escape with a great film, binge watch TV shows, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.
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Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on board the blog blitz, and for sharing a copy of the book.