This post is based on a concept by @homedad. His idea is to celebrate the best books written for children, and he’s doing that here:
I’ve decided to do it a little differently and post the book that I’m reading. So to begin: Aphrodite’s Hat by Salley Vickers, the best-selling author of Miss Garnett’s Angel, and other novels.
This is a collection of short stories with the theme of love linking them. This includes love in many forms; unrequited love, love between parents and children, between adults, between friends. I have finished ten of the seventeen stories and have loved them all. They are very easy to read and beautifully told. The one exception is “The Indian Child” which I found extremely difficult to get into mainly because in the beginning it seems to be about the difference between fairies and mortals. The story centres on a child, the Indian Child of the title, who is mortal but is being raised by fairies and wants to learn to fly like them. I was very disappointed at the beginning of the story because fairies and the like are really not interesting to me and the other stories had been so good. I wondered what the author was doing. But I persevered and I’m very glad I did. It’s a clever tale, which surprised me and I found I really liked it. There must be a moral there about tenacity and hidden surprises.
The story I liked the most was “The Buried Life” which was told in four parts, but the pace of the writing kept me turning the pages, ever more keen to discover what happens.
The only criticism I have of the book is that Ms Vickers loves to use adverbs and they are sprinkled throughout some of the stories. The stories are excellent, though, and I would recommend this book.