When Stars Will Shine – Compiled by Emma Mitchell – Blog Tour Review.

About The Book

When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.

With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.

From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!

When Stars Will Shine is the perfect Christmas gift for the bookworms in your life!

My Review

I don’t read many anthologies but when I read about this collection that is raising money for Help The Heroes I decided that it was one I would like to support. When I do read them, I read one a day. I find I appreciate them more that way, I imagine that they are difficult to write.

I started to read on Armistice Day, At the beginning was a wonderful poem by eleven year old Megan Steer and this was followed by a story that broke my heart and I reread it twice before I read the rest of the anthology. That story was Frederick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman. A true reflection of what it must be like for many families, including my own, that have war stories to tell. It’s not the only war story, each one gave me something to consider, but it was the only one I reread.

All of the authors were new to me, even though I was aware of some of them. Many I would read again. All were different types of fiction, war, murder, romance, light hearted. Another stand out one for me was Pivotal Moments by Anna Osbourne. Totally different to Rob Ashman but just as touching.

This is an anthology I would read again. I’m sure there will be others that I will appreciate more at a different time. An excellent collection put together by Emma Mitchell.