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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.)



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.

lena-writes 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???????

lena-writes said...

LOL! :)

Mimi Barbour said...

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

lena-writes 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.