Monday, December 4, 2017

Book Review: 'Girls Will Be Girls' by Lucy Felthouse

You never know who you might meet when you’re out and about.
In “The Lady Gardener,” Verity unexpectedly meets a woman named Beatrice while taking a quiet afternoon for herself at a lavish public garden. What I appreciated most about it how true to character their first impressions of each other were. Beatrice and Verity’s personalities shone through purely right away. That was a very good thing!
GIRLSDemelza’s car breaks down at the worst possible time in “Roadside Assistance,” but luckily help is on the way in the form of a tow truck. While I was completely intrigued by the premise of this tale, there was a small plot hole that I really would have preferred to see it fully explained. The characters’ explanation of it didn’t quite make sense given what they’d already shared about their lives.
Attempting to become part of the British Army won’t leave Kerry any time for personal pursuits, right? As the main character in “Basic Training,” she’s about to find out. The chemistry between her and her roommate, Adeline. was well done in this piece. I really wanted them to break a few rules and see what happened, especially once the sexual tension between them began to escalate.
“Bedding Down” showed how Andrea tried to find some Christmas cheer while working late over the holidays. It would have been helpful to have a smoother transition between the beginning and the erotic portions of the storyline, but the dialogue did make it a little easier for me to understand why things were shifting. I did like it overall, though.
Almost everyone has been stuck in a queue that seems to last forever at least once in their lives. Collette and Lynelle have to decide how to respond to this kind of frustration in “Close Quarters,” and their reaction made me smile. This was my favorite story in the collection because of how much I could relate to the characters’ boredom in the beginning.
Cally wasn’t in the best mood when “Returning Riley” started. Dogs can be incredibly mischievous and curious, but she isn’t interested in encouraging either of those traits at the moment. The beginning of this tale came as a surprise to me because it was so unlike everything that had come before it. Once I lost myself in Cally’s attempts to return Riley, though, I soon couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.
I’d recommend Girls Will Be Girls to anyone who is in the mood for stories that are so short they could almost be called flash fiction.

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