Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves Book Summary
Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves is a collection of half a dozen short stories with Irish connections. Tales of outsiders who discover they belong, a humorous slice of life yarn, heartwarming love stories and a tale of taming fear. The shadows are on the wall, in the heart and clouding a woman’s memories while tangible foes tramp through the physical landscape. The stories were previously printed individually in a variety of publications, including Ireland’s Own magazine, Dead Ink Books’ website, and the anthologies, Fermanagh Miscellany and Tuesdays At Charlie’s.
When I was approached about hosting and reviewing this book, I thought why not? It sounded like a nice, short read that would easily fit into my schedule, which has gotten insane lately! As a matter of fact, I only got the chance to read it shortly before writing this post to set it up.
The collection most certainly lives up to it’s synopsis. The culture within the pages is rich and I found myself smiling a bit as I read some of the interactions within the stories. This isn’t a deep book meant to make you think long and hard about serious issues and I like that. It’s about real life. It’s about seeing little glimpses of a character’s life and some of the stories end in ways that the reader can fill in the blanks if they wish.
Miss Ashcroft has crafted a charming collection filled with characters anyone can relate to. While there is a definitely cultural influence in each one, the characters deal with universal thoughts, feelings, and fears. No matter what the content of each story, she manages to include one central theme in each: hope. Don’t we all need a little bit of that from time to time?
Dianne Ascroft‘s Bio
Dianne Ascroft is an urban Canadian who has settled in rural Northern Ireland with her husband and an assortment of strong willed animals. She writes contemporary and historical fiction with an Irish connection. She has released the short story collection, Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves and a novel, Hitler and Mars Bars. Her articles and stories have been printed in Irish and Canadian magazines and newspapers as well as in anthologies by Writers Abroad, Fermanagh Writers and Fermanagh Authors’ Association.