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Letting Go is a collection of eight short stories from Victoria Watson. Each of these tales has a twist that the reader won’t be expecting. Regret, and how just one moment or snap decision can change your life forever are key themes in each of these stories....

Title : Letting Go
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ISBN : 13489308
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Number of Pages : 476 Pages
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Letting Go Reviews

  • Darren Sant
    2019-04-02 22:44

    Victoria Watson impressed me greatly with this collection. There is a little something for everyone here. I’ve picked on three of the stories that I enjoyed the most for review:I Should Have Seen It Coming:She impressed me greatly with this excellent story. Written in the first person Watson unveils the story of a woman who has fallen upon hard times.The woman finds a deck of tarot cards and the next thing you know she is called Jacqueline Stargazer and is making plenty of money fraudulently. If you mess with karma you soon find things don’t go your way. So it is for our central character.Watson has most definitely found a strong voice for this story and we find that we are sympathetic with the main character throughout. She managed to pack plenty into this short story and it is clear that she is an accomplished and very competent writer. This tale although told in the first person never for one moment became dull or uninteresting she keeps it real and believable. You would be hard pressed to find fault with the internal dialogue described by Watson it struck a chord as being a genuine thought process and as any writer knows that is a hard thing to achieve. Inside:Victoria Watson has written another reflective and sensitive piece. This I believe is “her thing” what she does the best. Strong characters with deep emotional content that makes a good connection with the reader. A very nostalgic warm tale or so I thought just before the darkness hit me. I’m not going to give away any plot points here just read and enjoy!Once more Victoria shows her talent for characterisation and strong descriptive writing in a cracking short story that I really enjoyed. It worked on several levels and spoke volumes about the complexity of human nature. Another five star story from Victoria Watson.Keeping Quiet:This is a doleful and melancholy tale. Watson charts the life of a woman born before the war. She manages to convey the details of a sad, lonely and sheltered life excellently. The main character is always caring and constantly keeping the peace between warring family members. Her domineering mother takes away her finest years day by painful day.As downbeat as the story is, you are left feeling uplifted and grateful for what you have got in your own life. An extremely strong and reflective story from the outset. If you read it in an environment that allows you to concentrate on the minutiae of the story it is a powerful and emotive exploration of the characters life. Watson continues to delight and surprise with the depth and variety of her writing. She is most definitely an author to watch out for.Overall a five star collection that is an excellent buy, especially if you like intelligent emotionally deep literature.

  • Marilou George
    2019-04-15 18:57

    To be perfectly honest I have never been a reader of short stories, at least until now. Victoria Watson has assembled a collection of profound, emotional and well written stories with characters that will impact you in many ways.INSIDEThis story is written in first person, offering up the main characters inner beliefs, state of mind and self-judgment.A profoundly moving story about Annie and the tragedy that befalls her. Centered around a grocery store in town that is being demolished, she watches with her mother and revisits her past working in that store and tells us of the events that have culminated in her future. The supporting characters in this story are strong and vibrant and provide a further connection to Annie and to the readerThis short story is a very poignant excursion thru the life of a young girl that is altered by a singular event in time. A very profound and well written story that Annie herself is voicing.I SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT COMINGCarol Spencer has fallen on hard times she has lost her job of ten years and has not been successful in finding another. She remembers having some tarot cards, finds them and decides on her course of action. She concocts a name for herself, Jacqueline Stargazer, and against her better judgment becomes a tarot card reader. This decision will serve to alter the course of her life.If you have ever been at a crossroads in your life and been faced with a decision that may be beneficial for you but involves taking advantage of others this story reminds you that Karma is a force to be reckoned with.KEEPING QUIETBetty had been the caretaker and keeper of secrets in her family since she was a child. Her mother was a very domineering woman and Betty had only a few snippets of a life of her own. Now that Betty can no longer take care of herself she sits in her chair and contemplates her life.I found this story extremely telling and thought provoking. I was viewing Betty’s life as if I had lived it myself and could feel her emotional journey. This is just a sample of the wonderfully written and emotional stories from LETTING GO. I enjoy Victoria Watson's writing style, she has a unique ability to pack a punch in a short time.I highly recommend this collection of short stories for the unique perspective that is conveyed and the impact of each and every story.

  • Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
    2019-04-14 20:05

    (Reviewer's note - I posted my review over on Amazon US and Amazon UK some weeks back, but neglected to post here. LETTING GO is a collection of short fiction that I recommend without reservation. I would also mention that I received no compensation for this review... it is based solely on the merits of the book. Thank you. vmls)Someone once said that “fear and regret are the cruelest prison… a prison of our own construct… one we put ourselves in.” Regret is just that… a cruel prison… one we build from our own shattered dreams and lost hopes, where ‘why’ is replaced with an endless litany of ‘should haves’ and ‘wished I’d done the other’ and ‘if only’. But, life doesn’t always give one a second chance, as we find out in Letting Go… a collection of short stories from Victoria Watson.Victoria Watson is an impressive writer… a great talent who uses her keen insight and observations of the human condition to draw with words… sad, dark, sometimes horrific, and heart-breakingly poignant pictures of humanity… troubled souls lost in despair… their hopes and dreams washed away in the rain of their own tears.Victoria brings a depth to her characters and a level of emotion… completely un-contrived and so real that the reader feels almost as if they were in the same room, that they were reliving the very experience on the pages before them… which, in the words of another writer I admire, rivals that of Anita Shreve. In Letting Go, Victoria writes with a strong voice and uses a stunning descriptive narrative style that draws the reader in from word one and carries them through, completely captivated and totally absorbed in her tale. More than once, I had to pause while reading her stories and catch my breath… this is some serious writing here, people… wow! And, more than once I had to set aside the book… a bit over-whelmed at the emotional response Victoria’s writing brought out in me.Not to take anything away from the other stories, but there were a couple that really stood out to me… touched something…Bye, Bye Baby is a heart-wrenching story of loss… one I wished I’d skipped when I was through (this is a testament to your writing, Victoria, it is by no means a critique)… written with such raw emotion, the reader can’t put down even if they wanted to. Tina and I are ‘working on’ our first child and I should probably leave stories like this alone. Make no mistake though… Bye, Bye Baby may just well be the best written of all eight stories. In I Should Have Seen It Coming, Victoria tells a remarkable tale of deceit and what happens when fate ‘deals the cards’… the just rewards received only a part of the regret visited upon a woman who dared to tempt powers she had no comprehension of. In spite of the protagonist’s deceit, the reader finds empathy for her… due in large part to the strong voice in Victoria’s writing.Inside is a reflective, metaphorical tale where the reader is drawn into the emotional past of the protagonist and lulled into a sense of nostalgia… until past regrets catch up and life’s tragedy is unveiled before us.I highly recommend Letting Go. This is truly a ‘must-read’ collection of stories of the human condition. The ‘twists’ in each tale are perfectly executed.Each and every story is wonderfully written… evocative and a reminder to the reader not to judge others too severely, but to stop and reflect back on our own lives at how easily things might have turned out different. A life could turn on something as innocuous and innocent as not looking in the back seat before stepping in one’s car.And remember… one can’t rebuild a life if they spend their days kicking through the rubble of regrets.Thank you, Victoria, for a truly memorable collection of prose. These stories will stay with me long after I have read them. That is a good mark of how well-written a story is and the caliber of the writer.In closing, I wish you much success in all your endeavors.Veronica Marie Lewis-ShawPortland, OregonSilverdale, Washington5 May 2012

  • Dave DiGrazie
    2019-03-28 20:59

    Enter into "Letting Go," a collection of eight short stories by British author Victoria Watson, with this gentle caution: These stories are likely to grab you by the brain and shake your peace, but just a bit.These stories provide us with a chance to tour the dark corners of our own hearts without needing to stay there too long, or to get in too deep. Part of Ms. Watson's genius is that she's infused these stories with an ironic humor which, I think, forces readers to admit with a wry smile that we're made of the same stuff as Ms. Watson's baddies. For instance, we can work up a healthy lather against Steve, the villainous husband of "Cry Baby," but his inner dialog may elicit an acknowledgement that we have more in common with him than we'd admit in polite company.Ms. Watson is not out to impress the world with erudition or prim vocabulary, nor are her characters about to win awards for citizenship or congeniality. She's giving it to us straight about people whose messiness of external circumstance is only matched by their inner confusion. The heroes in her stories, if there are heroes, are admirable not so much for what they do or for the goodness in their hearts, but for the way they hold a mirror up for readers. In them, we may see our unadorned selves.Ms. Watson's style is elemental, but not sparse. She writes in the first person, striking a balance between her characters' local slang and themes of life-and-death importance that I think, result in literature that can speak powerfully to all kinds of people. This author is not one to embellish or to over-describe her settings; yet I could see and hear the drug stores, stairwells, and rain-swept streets where the action was taking place. A little feel of Steinbeck, set in working-class England. If that sounds appealing, you should get acquainted with "Letting Go."

  • Cndy
    2019-04-03 16:05

    Eight short stories the will surely have you thinking that your own life is wonderful no matter what is going on. Very different characters in each story. Hard to believe that Ms. Watson can delve into the minds of an old lady and a medium and 6 others. Very well done. I loved all the 'English sayings' which also added to the life of the stories. Would love to read more.

  • Ruth Jacobs
    2019-03-30 18:05

    Not being a reader of short stories, I was delighted and impressed that I was drawn into every tale and the life and mind of each character. After the first, Bye, Bye Baby, I was expecting a twist equally as surprising, and I wasn't let down. I'd definitely read Victoria's next collection of short stories.

  • Ange
    2019-04-16 21:37

    Have to say this is a mixed bag, a select few short stories, When I read the first story I wanted to see more, each story more or less leaves the reader wanting more, so hopefully Victoria Watson will continue each story somehow if she feels they require it to add more content to longer stories into the future.Finished within a day, enjoyed the short stories.

  • Kay Robinson
    2019-04-09 17:04

    This delightfull mixture of light and dark tales held a few surprises for me. The writer clearly has a sense of fun, however, that is balanced with a strong sense of empathy and a keen eye for observing lifes humour and its frailties.

  • Laura Besley
    2019-03-20 16:56

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  • William
    2019-04-01 22:02

    ‘Letting Go’ is a collection of eight short stories, or, to be more accurate, six short stories and two flash fictions. The theme of the collection is “change”. The reviews it has received so far on Amazon are the merest piffle. Not only do I disagree with just about all of them, I would also say that most of the reviewers don’t get contemporary short fiction. One of the main strands in the Amazon reviews is that the stories concern subject matter which is too harrowing or depressing. That is a nonsensical and anachronistic thing to say about a contemporary collection. I also reject the foolish notion that a story about a harrowing subject is harrowing to read. A badly-written story about a harrowing subject probably will be harrowing or depressing, but a well-written story can be uplifting regardless of its subject matter – that is what art is all about, you idiots. I describe the stories in the order in which they appear in the collection. Bye, Bye Baby is about a woman who has recently given birth. The story is narrated by the woman herself. The narrative voice is consistent and believable but I did not find the main character very likeable. The narrator’s use of clichés such as ‘gentle giant’ was realistic but was an obstacle to any feelings of empathy I might have had for the character. There is some good ‘showing, not telling’ in the story, but the ending did not surprise me. This story showed some flair for writing and I thought that some craft had gone into it, but it did not achieve just that mixture of simplicity and guile which the best kind of short story has. This next thing might sound trivial, but it also showed what I consider to be one of the collection’s recurring flaws: gross over-use of ellipsis (rows of full stops in the dialogue or narration, which are supposed to indicate that the speaker does not know what to say next). I hate ellipsis. I virtually never use it. Using ellipsis to indicate that a character is perplexed or overwhelmed is like trying to show that a character is bored by writing a boring story. Cry Baby is about an alcoholic who is in denial. The best thing about this story is the way the alcoholic narrator jumps from one problem to another without ever analysing or taking responsibility for any of them. The ending, again, did not particularly startle me, but it was plausible and was well-supported by a satisfying and well-developed narrative. This story is worth the cover price on its own. All I would do to improve it is to take out a few semi-colons. I Should Have Seen It Coming is the most complex story in the collection and the one with the most unexpected twists. It is about a female bank clerk who is made redundant and who tries giving tarot card readings to earn a little money. There are some successfully-worked and clever ideas in it, but I wondered afterwards if it needed something to wrap it up in. The one thing that is never dealt with is why the narrator is talking to the reader. I freely admit that this is something I often deliberately ignore in my own writing, but this is quite a long story and, the longer a story is, the more conspicuous the lack of such a link is apt to become. Inside is a story which leaves the reader with a few unanswered questions. Why was it set in the United States? There seems to be no reason for this, other than the fact that firearms come into the plot. The UK may have tighter gun laws than the USA but firearms do still exist here. Also, the crucial part of the narrative journey – the epiphany – is missing. The story read to me as an account of real life rather than a work of fiction: to paraphrase Alan Bennett’s History Boys, it was just one fucking thing after another. John: Home Tomorrow seems to be about self-deception and is a flash fiction rather than a short story. Keeping Quiet began in a rambling manner similar to that of Inside, but improved as it went on. It turned out to be a story about growing old. It breaks one of the simplest rules of contemporary short fiction, which is that the narrative should cover the shortest possible time-span, preferably no longer than one day. This story covers two or more generations. I thought the breaking of the “get in and get out as quickly as possible” rule was done very successfully. Breaking a convention and still producing a successful story is a sign of a top-class short story writer. Again, it could be improved by removing all the semi-colons. Maybe Baby is a flash fiction. This exemplified two of the collection’s main themes: lack of communication in relationships and childbirth. The Waiting Game is a literary shaggy-dog story: a deliberate attempt to subvert the standard model of a short narrative and one which does not work in my opinion. It also jarred with the rest of the collection. My conclusion is that the collection is definitely worth buying, but what Victoria Watson really needs is a top-class editor. She clearly can create characters and situations. But what she produces is sometimes unfinished, or missing a vital ingredient, or includes something that doesn’t need to be there.

  • Rod Glenn
    2019-04-17 22:38

    This is an engrossing and vivid collection of stories from Victoria Watson. Normally in a collection of short stories there are one or two that are under par, but not in this collection - they are all first class and there is something for everyone. It is a sensitive and emotional collection that left me in a deeply contemplative mood for a long time afterwards.

  • Victoria Watson
    2019-04-09 23:43