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Book Thoughts: A Thousand Doors (anthology)

anthology - A Thousand Doors


Title: A Thousand Doors
Authors: Kimberly Belle, Laura Benedict, A F Brady, Paige Crutcher, Rebecca Drake, J T Ellison, Heather Gudenkauf, Patti Callahan Henry, Joy Jordan-Lake, Alisha Klapheke, Ariel Lawhon, Kerry Lonsdale, Catherine McKenzie, Kate MOretti, Lisa Patton, Kaira Rouda
Editor: J T Elison
Genre: Fiction / anthology
First published: to be published on 5 November by Two Tales Press
Edition: ARC e-book, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher

We’ve all played the “what if” game. For Mia Jensen, “what if” is a fact of life. Dissatisfied with her choices, she often dreams about what could have been. Now she has the chance to know. But that knowledge is going to cost her dearly. Only through death can she fully realize the value of her life.

Through the unique voices of New York Times bestsellers and rising stars in women’s fiction, A THOUSAND DOORS examines how our smallest decisions can create lasting effects, and allows the thought—can we actually change our lives?

The premise for collection of short stories written by a plethora of female writers sounds so wonderful, but whilst reading them I could not shake the feeling that for me personally it did not quite live up to its billing..

Some of the stories, mostly in the latter half of this anthology are really good, but I found it hard to marry them together. Yes, the name of the main character and her main characteristics are roughly the same, but the stories have no apparent connection beyond that. It missed that bit of cohesion I wanted from it.

I had hoped that it would be obvious in the story that Mia had started from the same place, but that decisions he had made throughout her life altered her future. I expected each story to pin point a choice that change the course of her life, but this was not that and I was a bit disappointed by that. Each story set Mia in a completely different life. There was hardly any common ground between the stories, Common themes, yes, like husbands that rule her life in one way or another, and quite a bit of murder,  but no common starting place. These stories felt like they could have been written by the authors at any time rather than specifically for this anthology.

Though it was not quite what I expected, overall I liked a lot of the stories in this anthology and when I let go of my expectations I did enjoy this anthology as a whole. There were only a couple of stories that did not work for me, but averaging my ratings for each story it would be in  the 4.5 stars mark, which I am happy to round up.

5 out of 7 stars


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