#BookReview: Tell me a story: in 99 words by Annette Rochelle Aben @YouAreTheExpert #FlashFiction

Hi everyone! Today, I have a book review for a book by fellow author, poet, and blogging friend, Annette Rochelle Aben >>>

About the Book:

Words are like threads that when woven together with passion and purpose can create a tapestry in which you long to wander. That passion was ignited in me when I was a small child and continues to burn bright even today. I was encouraged by educators who challenged me to try and by career paths that demanded I become a proficient wordsmith. I would like to think I have done them proud. Over the years, I have won awards, been nominated for an EMMY for television writing, and penned a #1 Best Selling book of poetry. My collection of books available on Amazon include self-help, inspirational, and of course, poetry. I have been invited to participate in anthologies and collections, several of which are on Amazon as well. Welcome to my world of words. Should you find something in which to lose yourself, I shall raise my glass in a toast to your happiness. Thank you for your kind attention.


My Review:


A Moving Book of Flash Fiction

Having read much of this writer’s poetry, I was excited to take a look at her new book of tales in 99 words. This sort of fiction demands tight writing, and the author certainly delivers. The various stories show us life in all its ugliness and loveliness, and a few are dedicated to the mischiefs and loyalties of cats. Some tales are sweet while others manage to be hard-hitting in so few words. Here are some that stood out in particular for me …

BEDFELLOWS: “She gladly traded the feel of the mice running across her legs at night over her father’s demands. She chose to sleep in mouse turds rather than her blood.”

And …Β 

CASH FOR CARS: “The junkyard owner glanced up as the older man was leaving. It was worth a few coins to see him smile.”Β … this one moved me: the kindness of strangers.

And …Β 

“What, why and when we choose to remember is nothing compared to how we choose to remember.”Β 

So many others made me chuckle, such as DEAD LETTERS and more. This collection of flash fiction will appeal to readers of various tastes, and I highly recommend this book.Β Tell Me A story in 99 WordsΒ gets a solid five stars from me.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.


4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER β€” Go read this book.

3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! β€” An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.

2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS β€”Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.

1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA β€”Lots of issues with this book.


I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚


For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …

UK … https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/

US … https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/


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Jacqui Murray

What a great review. You really make me want to read this book.

D.L. Finn, Author

Great review, Harmony! I loved this collection too.

Jacquie Biggar

The quotes you’ve chosen to share are wonderfully written, Harmony. It looks great!

Jan Sikes

I love your review of this book, Harmony. It has such an eclectic variety of stories, and all told in a lovely way! Congrats to Annette!

CS Boyack

I enjoy some of this extremely short fiction. Congratulations to Annette.


Sounds like a perfect, quick read! Excellent review, Harmony. ❀️😊

Hope you are well. I am sorry I missed a few of your posts.

Sarah Stuart

Hi Harmony
I’m really tempted to get this book… not sure. My TBR list is long and I bet I couldn’t dip in for a few minutes.
Hugs, Sarah xx

David Prosser

A lovely review of what seems to be a book no-one should miss.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Hi Harmony, this is a great review. I finished this book last night and also loved it.

Annette Rochelle Aben

Harmony! Thank you so very much. Your wonderful review brings a smile to my heart. <3

john howell

Excellent review, Harmony. Congratulations to Annette.

Priscilla Bettis

Writing a 99-word story is hard. Kudos to Aben for writing a whole book of them! I enjoyed your review, Harmony.:-)