‘Eclairs for Tea and Other Stories’ spoiler-free review!

Hello everyone! You may remember I included this book in my September wrap-up but I’m only just getting round to reviewing it because I wanted to only post spooky reviews in October 😉

Eclairs for Tea and Other Stories is written by indie author, Julia Blake, whom I discovered through Instagram. Julia has quite a selection of published books to choose from but I decided to pick up this collection in order to get a taste for her writing across a variety of genres. Before I begin dissecting, take a look at the Goodreads blurb!


What the book was about…

Eclairs for Tea and Other Stories is a wonderful, eclectic, mix of short stories, flash fiction and poetry, to be dipped in and out of, and enjoyed at your own pace.

Eclairs for Tea – There was something very important Kevin had told her not to forget. If only she could remember what it was…

Taproot – As war raged in the skies above, Meg fought her own battle against growing up, and her fears for her brother… 

Do You Believe? – Susan was never one for flights of fancy, so what is she to think, when her daughter tells her a fairy has taken up residence at the bottom of the garden..? 

Vicious Circle – As far as DI Cass Sawyer is concerned, the past should remain firmly in the past, but, it seems time may have a different idea…

Lifesong – If there is life on other worlds, what would it be like? What would they make of us?

Along with many other heart-warming, surprising tales, interspersed with the author’s quirky poems about modern life, this is a book you’ll want to read again and again…


What I thought of it…

This was a wonderful introduction to Julia Blake’s work and really accessible for anyone not sure where to start.

Blake here clearly demonstrates the meaning of the phrase ‘quality over quantity’. She manages such exquisite storytelling in so few pages; I am in awe. Taproot was really lovely and surprisingly powerful for a mere 11 pages. Then came the titular story Eclairs for Tea and WOW. Only 2 pages long but what an impact. It was really dark considering the fluffy-sounding title!

There really is something for everyone here. Dinner Party highlighted Blake’s ability to write superbly realistic dialogue and her talent for humour as well as the more hard-hitting stuff. Other stories were more sweet. Strange Kind of Love even had a Gaiman-esque vibe which I really enjoyed. Blake’s fiction ranges from romantic and ethereal to dark and gruesome, but it is always captivating.

The stories in the book are also interspersed with Blake’s unique poetry, which really captured an aspect of modern life that many authors steer clear of. I related to so many of them! I really appreciated the subtle links between each short story/poem. I would say my favourite poem in the collection was This is Heaven; I found it very evocative.

And of course, I have to mention the novella Lifesong which brings this collection to a close. Blake’s writing really shines in this longer tale and has ensured that I will be giving her full-length novels a try! I loved the whole concept and the ending blew me away.

My only *tiny* gripe is that occasionally commas would be used where I personally would have put semi-colons. However, this is genuinely the most nit-picky thing I could say and I thoroughly recommend this anthology!

 

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If you are interested in trying Blake’s writing for yourself, her latest novel The Forest has just been released!

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