Five women. Five very different lives. Five life-changing decisions to make. Meet Ruby, Ella, Anna, Laura, and Cassie â€“ all ultimately asking, â€˜Who am Iâ€™?
And The She Shines is an updated collection of four previously published novelettes from Helen Libby, alongside her brand new story, Cassieâ€™s Choice.
These are individual, self-contained stories, linked by their strong and independent protagonists â€“ the women of the title roles. From getting out of debt, to dealing with adoption; managing a ticking biological clock to loss of memory, each of the characters are facing the kinds of challenges that millions of women (men, too) encounter every day. And theyâ€™re weaving their way through the minefield of relationships â€“ romantic and otherwise.
Ultimately uplifting, the stories are entertaining and thought-provoking in equal measure.
Who will you relate to most?
A â€˜noveletteâ€™ sits somewhere between an expanded short story and a short novella. Itâ€™s a tricky length to pull off: requiring enough depth to keep the reader engaged, but not cramming in too much. Helen Libby carries it off very well; each story is a satisfying read in itself, and put together, offers the perfect read to relax before bed, to while away an afternoon or sail through a tedious commute.
And Then She Shines is packed with engaging characters, recognisable settings, and a neat balance of plot and emotion. The feel-good factor is ever-present, even when the outcomes arenâ€™t what you â€“ or the protagonists â€“ are expecting.
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Helen Libby is an author, and contributor to Lothian Life. As well as fiction, she has written two books about life with her dog, Archie.