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Fiction Book Reviews

Book Review | A Bowl of Cherries | F E Birch/Effie Meryl)

We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts on A Bowl of Cherries by F E Birch/Effie Meryl on the Random Things Tour.


A Bowl of Cherries is a short story collection which portray the dark side of humanity.

This book is not for the faint hearted as include 32 short stories of death, abuse, drama and destruction.

Some stories are shocking and others have an emotional side. Baby Butterfly left me feeling distress for the baby and sadness for the mother.

Hedgehogs, Green Bottles, and Lillies I found a very upsetting story of how alcohol abuse can directly affect the ones you love.

These stories highlight how some people can be fragile and yet damaging towards each other.

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Effie Merryl is an ex-cop who spends her time between the North East of England and Central Scotland. She won the first Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect in 2012 with the manuscript that will hopefully become her debut crime novel. She is the pseudonymous author of a ‘faction’ book of memoirs published by Harper Collins in 2013. She has had over 150 short stories published online and in print, many of which have been placed in competitions (2004 – present). Her short story collection, Bowl of Cherries, contains some of her best prize winners.

My passion is helping others to find their own oasis, their own centre of calm. I’m a qualified Dyslexia Therapist, Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Sleep Consultant, Parenting Programme Facilitator, Mindfulness practitioner, Mental Health First Aider and hold a crochet diploma.


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