Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Review of The Language Of Souls


I can't imagine anything more challenging for a writer than to create a fully-realized story, complete with world-building, emotional drama, conflict, symbolism, romance and wonderful characters, and pack all of that into 76 pages. I consider most "quickie" stories an amuse bouche....something quick and tasty, but not a full meal. Usually when I finish a short story I am craving more, feeling somewhat gypped by the length of the novel.

The Language Of Souls by Lena Goldfinch is short, sweet, romantic and completely and utterly satisfying. It felt like a full course meal packed into 76 little pages. Incredibly well-written pages, I might add. Goldfinch has created a stunning work for her debut "novellette" and I can't wait to read more of her stories.

The beginning evoked Island of the Blue Dolphins, one of my favorite childhood books. Goldfinch does a remarkable job with the world-building in this story...the setting really comes alive. This little book has everything I desire in my romance novels....fascinating characters, just the right amount of conflict/tension, and a satisfying HEA. It also had wonderful layers of symbolism, from the soul-containing "votifs" to the extraordinary kiss. I actually kept repeating "Oh! Oh! Oh!" after I finished the final page of the story. I don't remember the last time I read such a romantic scene, and I love the fact that a simple kiss was elevated to something so powerful and emotional. Especially for us jaded romance/erotica readers...I think we sometimes forget about the power of a simple kiss. Lena Goldfinch reminded me, and it was a beautiful thing.

Grade: A

(For a blurb and excerpt, see this Penelope post.)

Penelope

10 comments:

Michelle Picard said...

I am looking forward to reading this! I loved interviewing Lena today at the Quirky Ladies. The concept of the story is amazing. And the author's pretty sweet as well. Love the review.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the lovely review! *blushing*

And thanks for the interview, Michelle! You Quirky Ladies are great fun to hang around with! :)

Penelope said...

Hey Michelle...great interview today at The Quirky Ladies! I know you will love this book!

Penelope said...

Hi Lena! I can't wait to read your next story...hurry up and write it, okay???????

Anonymous said...

LOL! :)

Mimi Barbour said...

Hi Lena,
Congratulations on your first book...love the cover!
Mimi

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Mimi! I love the cover too. :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

What an amazing way to put it, "It felt like a full course meal packed into 76 little pages." Perfect!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

PS I can't thank you enough for recommending this one to me ;)

Penelope said...

Hi Juju...so glad you liked it! Lena is a very talented writer, and I can't wait to read more of her stories.