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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Book Review - Melonhead (Tiny Historical Stories Book 1) by Kathleen Shoop

Melonhead is a SHORT STORY. Enjoy!
People stop and look twice at Louis Smith. His gangly arms and legs and oversized head bring jeers as often as the sun rises. Lonely in a small town at the turn of the century, Louis finds joy with one particular girl, Hilde. Her parents notice the affection between the two and send her to finishing school. With bad luck doubling up on Louis, can he trust Hilde to return? Will his heart break once and for all? Set in Donora, Pennsylvania in the early 1900's, Louis asks himself the most basic question: Is he lovable? Is he doomed to more than his share of life's unfairness?

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A lovely short story, based in Donora, a town very familiar if you have read any of the authors other books.  Hilde and Louis were destined to be together, regardless of the cruel words and actions of those around them, their story is one of unconditional love and hope, and demonstrates how love and encouragement can bring out the best of anyone and anything. The author incredibly brings out the emotion of the story so vividly in 5 pages of her work.

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Johnstown (Tiny Historical Stories Book 2)
Little Maggie Brown's family and neighbors weather another storm, hoping, no, believing the dam that sits on top of the world, up at the South Fork Club will hold as it always does. Maggie's father promises, “Sharing fish with all us regular folk would be against their principles. That dam’ll hold out of sheer, miserly spite." And everyone exhales with relief. Join Maggie as her universe shifts and survival is all that matters. Well, almost all that matters...

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About Kathleen Shoop
Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Kathleen coordinates Mindful Writing Retreats and is a regular presenter at conferences for writers.

I adore writing historical fiction (The Letter series, After the Fog and Donora Stories) but am having a blast writing romance like Home Again, Return to Love and Tending Her Heart (Endless Love series). Thank you so much for the time you take to read.

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