Book Review – First Date by Vanessa Wester

First Date is a collection of five stories with an excerpt from a longer novel at the end.  I suspect that First Date and Engagement Party will resonate with many.  We then have Careless Cupid, a supernatural encounter and Precious, a generation-spanning tale.  The final story was the darker Black Warning.

I was pleasantly surprised by Vanessa Wester’s ability to paint vivid pictures for her readers within the constraints of the short story format.  In her first two works, she cleverly used topics with which most of us are familiar.  The excitement and anxieties created by the first date and the family dynamics of an engagement party.

Having pulled her readers in with her easy writing style, Ms Wester then gives us three rather different stories, culminating with Black Warning which will send a shiver down many a spine.  The author maintained a consistent pace and stuck to her task, not falling into the trap of irrelevant sub-plots.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light read which will take no more than a couple of hours.  If like me, you don’t normally read short stories, this delightful mix may well change your mind.  I have no hesitation in awarding this book five stars.

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About jhbooksblog

Hello - I'm Julie Haiselden, an occasional NHS med sec/practice administrator. Mother of three, wife of one, a chaotic cook and published crime/thriller novelist who blogs a bit about books, life and food. School alumna. Occasional am-dram actress/director. I enjoy walking and photography (although my enthusiasm outweighs my skill set). I've recently joined the reviewing team at Whispering Stories and can be found via the following social media sites: I also accept a few hard copy novels to review.
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3 Responses to Book Review – First Date by Vanessa Wester

  1. Thank you so much for this fantastic review! I really appreciate that you took the time & am thrilled you enjoyed them. All the best 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Vanessa Wester and commented:
    Amazing review for my short stories! 🙂

  3. Pingback: First Date by Vanessa Wester - Book Review - Whispering Stories

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