Episode 3: Red Letter Day: A grief-stricken mother goes on a journey in search of peace. Read by Claire Skinner. Episode 4: The House on the Hill: A young woman's life is protected by the haunting walls of a house within a house. Read by Lily James. Episode 5: The Revenant: An old man's guilt will haunt him and not release him until the truth is told. Read by Charlotte Emmerson. View all 4 comments. A collection of exquisitely atmospheric tales inspired by my native Sussex was certain to strike a sentimental chord. There is however an intrinsically half-baked feel about each story; the central ideas are a little hackneyed and repetitive, and the overall collection lacks rigour.
Given the current foul weather in the south of England, I can testify that this is a wonderful book to curl up with against a wint A collection of exquisitely atmospheric tales inspired by my native Sussex was certain to strike a sentimental chord. Given the current foul weather in the south of England, I can testify that this is a wonderful book to curl up with against a winter evening… but ultimately unsatisfying.
Nov 08, Marie Jones rated it really liked it.
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Just finished this! Absolutely loved it- very atmospheric and enchanting reading- will keep this safe on my shelf for a re read in the future- Wonderfully crafted short stories - of which I am not normally a fan- I gave it a go because of the author So glad I picked it up! View 1 comment.
Nov 21, Louise rated it really liked it. Some stories I enjoyed more than others but overall I like her style of writing and the historical gothic genre. An enjoyable and atmospheric set of tales, but ultimately a rather forgettable collection which I can find little to say about. There are echoes of Daphne du Maurier's early stories in some of Mosse's, with 'early' being the operative word, both because those du Maurier stories aren't particularly strong so that's not as much of a compliment as it seems , and because many of the tales included here are early themselves, originally published or written before the author became successful.
Mosse' An enjoyable and atmospheric set of tales, but ultimately a rather forgettable collection which I can find little to say about. Mosse's main strength here is the creation of magical, wintery settings, rather than the 'haunting' content, which is often quite predictable. In fact, I think 'winter tales' might make a more fitting subtitle.
If you're accustomed to reading ghost stories then there isn't going to be much here that will surprise or spook you: there are some clumsy endings and a distinct lack of unexpected twists. The author's full-length ghost story, The Winter Ghosts , is better, but this is certainly worth a look. I very much enjoyed this book for the most-part, given there was only one tale I didn't really like.
Though overall I enjoyed the stories the first being one of the best. Great job Kate Mosse, you get a solid 4 stars for this one. Not all of them were for me, but the tale of The Mistletoe Bride is probably the most memorable one, closely followed by The Drowned Village. Recommended if you're in the mood for something with atmosphere over action. Jan 26, Rachel rated it it was ok.
Oh dear. I was hoping to enjoy this but it was dry, cliched, tedious, and the author's notes pretty much ruined any atmosphere and mystique that might have been there. A really sweet, beautiful book. I really enjoyed Kate Mosse's Winter Ghosts book, and so I pick up this book feeling it would be a good read. And I wasn't disappointed! What I enjoyed about Winter Ghosts was the slow, lyrical pace of a compelling hauntingly beautiful story, touched with so much sadness. Now The Mistletoe Bride strives for the same thing, and it does achieve this.
Of course, this is a book of short stories so you don't get the depth or the detail of Winter Ghosts. But you are sti A really sweet, beautiful book. But you are still left with the same feeling that you have been touch by something mystical, something that you can almost touch.
My personal favourites of this collection, were the stories that dealt with grief or sadness.
Those stories touched me the most, because they were beautifully written, with a hint of otherworldly happenings but they also seemed to include hope. A few of the stories reminded me of 'old fashioned' haunting tales, where it is slower pace and very thoughtful. I enjoyed this, though I know it won't appeal to everyone. But I certainly enjoyed the quiet reflection of sadness, grief, hope, duty and life presented in hauntingly soulful stories.
I read this book as part of my Reading Challenge. This book was for the criteria of a book of short stories. Oct 23, Sam rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , crime , thriller , mystery , proper-books , horror , shorts , historical-fiction. This is a beautiful collection of tales that are haunting in every sense of the word, some are utterly bone chilling while others are heart wrenching and drenched in sadness, all written with Mosse's excemptional style and flair for character.
Each story has an unique feel with its own characters and purpose. Mosse also includes a short explanation as to the inspiration for the story and how it come about I admit I glossed over these sections as I find such information tends to reduce the impac This is a beautiful collection of tales that are haunting in every sense of the word, some are utterly bone chilling while others are heart wrenching and drenched in sadness, all written with Mosse's excemptional style and flair for character.
Mosse also includes a short explanation as to the inspiration for the story and how it come about I admit I glossed over these sections as I find such information tends to reduce the impact of the story itself. The title story was one of my favourites as the reality of who the narrator is and how they came to be in their current situation creeps up on you slowly then suddenly hits you full in the face with an almighty thud.
I was also rather taken with 'Why the Yew Tree Lives So Long' as it reminded me of the local folk stories I heard in my area growing up and am still fond of today. As with any group of stories, some were better than others. Feb 06, Louise rated it liked it Shelves: short-stories , historical.
I am not going to ramble on and on giving you a synopsis for all the stories but I will let you know some of the ones that I enjoyed the most out of this collection. I really wanted to start reading some more short stories so I have continuously made an effort in reading a collection per month.
With each book there are obviously going to be some better than others. I think the hardest thing for the authors is to create a really good and atmospheric story that will truly grip you and Kate Mosse h I am not going to ramble on and on giving you a synopsis for all the stories but I will let you know some of the ones that I enjoyed the most out of this collection. I think the hardest thing for the authors is to create a really good and atmospheric story that will truly grip you and Kate Mosse has certainly done that in some of these stories.
Others were a bit weak and easily forgettable. There are also some black and white gothic illustrations before each of the stories drawn by Rohan Daniel Eason which sets the tone. I will admit as writing this review I had to check the stories again to see which ones were which as they are somewhat forgettable. It is probably one of the scariest short stories that I have read! Mosse manages to create an intense atmosphere and completely grips the reader. The writing style is very easy to read and flows beautifully.
I would recommend this to people who are looking to read some short-stories that have historical fiction with supernatural elements and a bit of horror. Overall I rated this 3. Apr 09, Carole Tyrrell rated it it was ok.
This is less to this book that meets the eye. It was obviously aimed at the Christmas gift market. A gift for a ghost story fan. I noticed it with Helen Dunsmor This is less to this book that meets the eye. In The Mistletoe Bride there are 14 stories and a short play , Syrinx. They are meant to be performed and I found it difficult to bring its characters to life in my head.
Like some of the stories in this book they refused to take shape, to come out of the shadows and make an appearance. The title story was very disappointing as it felt underdeveloped and more wraith like than the narrator. It was as if the author was afraid to actually take writing a ghost story seriously. I do enjoy a good haunted dolls house story. A book you can read late at night without nightmares. Read: January I have never read anything by Kate Mosse before, however I have been interested in her work for a while as I like modern Gothic fiction.
I saw this book at the library and impulsively borrowed it. It is a book of short stories which are listed below with an individual rating. Each short story comes with an author's note describing the circumstances around writing each piece as well as including at least one black and white illustration which adds to the Gothic feel of the book. The stories in here are haunting and wonderfully written; there wasn't a bad one in the lot. Best of Feb 15, Donald rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-fiction , horror-fantasy.
A short story collection from Kate Mosse, with a tv play thrown in for bulk. Her familiar time slip, historical, supernatural style is evident in most of them, and mostly they all work. None are overly long to unbalance the overall reading experience, but one bog standard tale of a haunting is completely ruined and loses all sense of mystery previously imbued by a cheery happy summing up paragraph. Actually, a lot of them do have 'happy endings' which does defeat the purpose a bit, but as mention A short story collection from Kate Mosse, with a tv play thrown in for bulk.
Actually, a lot of them do have 'happy endings' which does defeat the purpose a bit, but as mentioned, only one is jarring enough to really ruin itself. This only took a couple of nights to get through, so I feel a bit unsatisfied. It seems she can only do sweeping historical epics, or tiny bits of fluff.
As well as adding a tv script, every story has a note, explaining it, and further padding out the pages, on top of utterly killing any lingering unease or atmosphere left over from each tale, not already murdered by the cheerful endings of some. A bit more padding still, in the form of ink illustrations are a nice touch before every story. It would be a shame if they didn't make the transition to paperback. View 2 comments. Oct 16, Peyotitlan rated it liked it.
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This is a lovely book, with beautifully crafted short stories, however I found them more lingering rather than haunting. That is not to say they are not good. There is a great span of genres and also a play that Kate Mosse wrote. It was very interesting to read some of the stories which felt based on different genres, or completely different styles to what we are more used to.
The play has been performed on TV and I will certainly be looking it up to try and watch it and see how it was performed. A This is a lovely book, with beautifully crafted short stories, however I found them more lingering rather than haunting. About the short stories I loved how powerful, absorbing and atmospheric some of them are. The title story is fantastic and rather nostalgic with a classic feel to it.
Other notable and personal favourites were The Revenant , Why the yew tree lives so long mythical and classic , La Fille de Melisande which felt and read like a fantasy short. A very interesting book giving us an insight to her many talents and with the additional bonus of Author notes to tell us how she came about each piece. Brilliant read, though not so haunting. Oct 07, Gail rated it liked it Shelves: kindle. I adored the Languedoc trilogy but didn't like The Winter Ghosts at all. I bought this with some hesitation, worried that I wouldn't really like it if it was on a par with Winter Ghosts; I'm sad to say is just wasn't for me at all.
I limped to the finishing post somewhat reluctantly as I thought it might improve but, to my regret, it didn't. I thought the whole thing very strange indeed and there was a definite lack of haunting to any of the stories. If you enjoyed Winter Ghosts then this is for you, if not avoid it. Sorry Kate, I did try and like it. This book really reminded of these stories especially as most of the them are set either in England or in France. They are eerie and atmospheric rather than scary "Stephen King" horror stories. Nothing really to write home about but enjoyable all the same.
For the memories it has earned four star but it may really be a three star book - I am not sure. Dec 29, Willemina rated it liked it. Enjoyed the stories but a bit a case of "if you've seen one ghost, you've seen them all". Lots of wandering female souls and a bit repetitive. The stories in themselves were well written and the introduction by the author interesting.
I don't read short stories very often, but I enjoyed reading The Mistletoe Bride. Be the first to ask a question about The Kiss and Other Stories. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 16, Carol rated it liked it Shelves: kate-chopin. This short story, The Kiss, by Chopin was published in and later in Vogue in Between and [Vogue] was either Chopin's first- or second-choice periodi I read The Awakening in HS many years ago so I decided to read another book by Chopin.
Between and [Vogue] was either Chopin's first- or second-choice periodical for publishing much of her fiction, indicating the author was both tracking and targeting the markets in which she would be most successful. The Kiss takes place in the home of Nathalie, and her brother, at unspecified place, and at the location of Brantain and Nathalie's wedding. The story is about Natalie, a young, beautiful woman who finds a man of high status in society with enormous wealth, which she very much "liked and required the entourage which his wealth could give her.
Brantain's forgiving nature prevented him from foreseeing her deception, and they end up getting married, despite her secret affair with the other man. Nathalie understands that she cannot "combine independence and sensual satisfaction. Her characters are either sometimes disillusioned or else they see all too clearly the blindnesses of others and connive around them. This was how Chopin continued to shape her work.
Her last sentence ends with a moral message, "A person can't have everything in this world; and it was a little unreasonable of her to expect it. Dec 08, Tineke Dijkstra rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in , classics , owned , short-stories. Good quick read. Well written, surprising stories. Very modern. Luckily the other stories made up for it.
I am keeping my eyes open for more by Kate's hand - I like her style, both form and content. There's something about the atmosphere that she creates, the ability to even surprise you with a little plot twist in a short story of less than ten pages long, that I feel suits my needs as a reader. Feb 16, Ly rated it liked it Shelves: reviewed. A sweet collection of bite-sized Gothica that you can fit in your pocket. There's something very charming about Chopin's macabre twists, and the underlying morality that she offers is often startlingly modern. There are some great examples here of how to weave story together with subtle ideology in a very short space of time, which make 'The Kiss' a useful study for aspiring short fiction writers.
May 16, Angie Haney rated it it was amazing. I love Kate Chopin's short stories, surprisingly more than The Awakening. Each story is so different, it's difficult to review all of them here. But they all are detailed and compelling.
I don't agree with everything the main characters do, but I love how raw and real the writing is. Oct 27, Kucing rated it liked it Shelves: classics , fiction , from-dailylit-dot-com , short-stories. Jan 05, Sharon Omangi rated it really liked it. Poignant storytelling. Julia Collins rated it liked it Dec 09, Lauren James rated it it was amazing Aug 14, Nancy rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Matthew rated it really liked it Nov 01, Karl Hickey rated it liked it Jan 08, Joan rated it really liked it Sep 11, Shaina rated it it was amazing Dec 09, Ana rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Cassie rated it liked it May 28, Isa rated it really liked it Jun 03, Stephen Theaker rated it really liked it Nov 28,