Collection of Short Stories Demonstrates the Overriding Power of Fate

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In her first book of short stories, author Laurene illustrates the overriding power of fate.

To believe in fate is to accept that no matter the path we choose, our future is preordained. In Walking in the Shadows and The Heir, local author Laurene highlights the role that fortune plays in our lives and the lives of her protagonists. As the volume unfolds, destinies are slowly revealed, showing how each character deals with adversity, grief, and loss.

In Walking in the Shadows, Laurene brilliantly portrays a pianist struggling with the loss of his family and seeking to ease his deep emotional turmoil. As he contemplates suicide, the beautiful and wealthy Sarah Jane appears – or rather reappears – in his life. As the two grow closer, Sandy wonders if the providential return of his old acquaintance is the answer to his prayers. Yet something gnaws at his mind – can Sarah Jane really be all that she seems?

Laurene’s second story, The Heir, is simultaneously the story of one man, a married couple, and an entire family. Preparing to take his final priestly vows, a young man is smitten by a beautiful woman. Torn between service to God, his family’s wishes, and the power of his own emotions, he makes a decision that will have repercussions for generations. Using multiple narrators, Laurene masterfully weaves together religion, love, and fate to create a composite portrait that will linger in the mind.

Walking in the Shadows and The Heir, was inspired by and launched at Oxford’s historic Randolph Hotel. Praised for its ,"Atmosphere, emotion, and elegant writing,” Walking in the Shadows and The Heir has received ‘Recommended’ status from The US Review of Books and a Four Star Review from the Pacific Book Review.

“Walking in the Shadow and the Heir”
By Laurene
ISBN: 9781491790816 (hardback) 9781491790809 (paperback) 9781491790793 (e-book)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iUniverse

About the author
Laurene is a British author and poet who enjoys reading her verse aloud to audiences. Her poems, some of which have been published in pamphlets, have been described as “extremely powerful with a political or moral undertone.” Walking in the Shadows and The Heir is her first book of short stories.


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