26 September 2019

The Letter

Short Stories

By Sean-Paul Thomas

Paperback 55 pages
Publisher Independently published (5th Aug 2019)

📕My Review

I really enjoyed this romantic comedy from author Sean-Paul Thomas. Although just 55 pages long, it certainly packs a punch.

Socially awkward Sarah lives by herself in a block of flats. Steering clear of her neighbours and social situations, she works alone in a public library with few patrons. Her life has become one of routine and avoidance. But when a handsome new tenant moves in, Sarah feels an immediate attraction. Struggling to overcome her awkwardness and make his acquaintance, she forms an unlikely friendship with an eleven-year-old schoolgirl who seems wise beyond her years. 

Once in a while something utterly delightful comes along. This short story is it. I immediately fell in love with Sarah and her quirky idiosyncrasies. Those of us who have read and enjoyed Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine will immediately warm to Sarah.

Suffice to say, if opportunity comes your way, The Letter is well worth a read.            

Book Source: Review copy from the author
Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Other Reviews: The Old Man and the Princess

📗The Blurb

Every day when Sarah gets up to go to her work in the mornings, she tries her utmost best to avoid her neighbors at all costs. Hiding in the shadows of corridors and behind closed doors until the coast is clear for her to move onwards. She even avoids the main building elevator like the plague, choosing to take the old and dark, hidden back stairwell instead to come and go from the block - a stairwell that nobody else seems to know about or even use, until one day, she stumbles across a little girl who appears to be using the place to hideaway from the world also.

The two unlikely friends then begin to form a strange relationship where they meet in the stairwell to have little chats about their lives. But when the little girl catches Sarah spying on the new handsome neighbor who has just moved into the building, the little girl decides to take it upon herself to play matchmaker in this black humorous, quirky tale.

📘The Author

Photo of author Sean-Paul Thomas
Sean is an author from Edinburgh in Scotland. He spent most of his childhood and teenage years on the move with his Scottish and Irish Parents (No, they weren't bank robbers lol ) growing up in the likes of Cyprus, Germany, Wales and England, as an army brat.

With a keen interest in both reading and writing, he was diagnosed with the travel and writing bugs very early on in life. Now, writing, traveling, reading, cinema and Scottish football (Supporting the mighty Hibernian FC for his sins) are his main passions in life, along with cooking, yoga, meditation and health, and fitness.

His main inspiration for writing today comes from living in such a beautiful, charming and hauntingly, Gothic city, such as Edinburgh. An awe-inspiring wee city that has given Sean so much amazing inspiration to write the more time he spends there.

At this moment Sean is working on a couple of screenplays adaptations of his books. one of which 'The Old Man and The Princess' made the final of the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition 2018 and has since been optioned by an award-winning Director / Producer team.

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