Sarah's Obsession

The LC Stories

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
198 Pages
Reviewed on 10/11/2023
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Author Biography

K L Frase lives in Seattle with her family and several pets and enjoys time with friends. She imagines stories in her spare time, often during the middle of a sleep challenged night. She writes and shares the stories with the hope that others might enjoy them as well, whether they are about a space adventure (Kimjen's Choice which is a set of 3 books), a magical being in a non-magical realm (UnKnown Lands, the Great Magnificent ESARF) or the power of art in our lives (Sarah's Obsession: The LC stories). For any you might read, she hopes you enjoy them as much as she enjoyed writing them.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Zahid Sheikh for Readers' Favorite

Sarah’s Obsession: The LC Stories by K L Frase is an enchanting journey through multiple narratives, each connected by the timeless thread of Farmer Dave's artistry and the enduring legacy of Little Cow. This intricate tapestry of stories spans generations, art, love, and the inexorable passage of time. The initial chapters introduce us to Sarah's unwavering obsession with the painting of Little Cow, a seemingly simple but profoundly heartfelt connection. The narrative delves deeper into the life of Farmer Dave and his cherished Little Cow, creating an idyllic setting where the beauty of farm life and the value of family shine through. Farmer Dave's emotional journey as he refuses to accept Little Cow's grim fate is a testament to the indomitable human spirit, and readers can't help but empathize with his character. The subsequent chapters and stories explore various aspects of the Little Cow legacy, from stolen portraits to a mysterious series of cow sculptures; from a talented chef's pursuit of his passion to a lost painting that spans generations. Each story possesses its own unique charm and thematic depth, offering readers a diverse range of experiences.

The bond that Sarah forms with the painting is nothing short of heartwarming, evoking a sense of nostalgia that transports readers to a simpler time in rural America. The portrayal of evolving family dynamics, particularly the unspoken connection between Farmer Dave and his beloved cow, adds depth and emotional resonance to the story. The author skillfully highlights the significance of Farmer Dave's paintings and the stories that accompany them, creating a unique and intriguing dimension to the narrative. As the stories progress, the themes of family, love, and the enduring power of art continue to shine through, connecting each chapter in a web of emotions and experiences. The overarching narrative about the treasure hunt for Farmer Dave's missing painting, "The Big Picture," adds an element of intrigue and suspense, ultimately leading to a heartwarming conclusion. K L Frase's storytelling skills shine throughout Sarah’s Obsession, creating a vivid and emotionally resonant narrative that promises to captivate readers from start to finish.

Pikasho Deka

Sarah's Obsession by K.L. Frase follows a woman's search for a set of paintings done by a farmer centuries ago. It's 1787, and Dave, a farmer, welcomes a newborn calf named Little Cow to his farm. Dave's love for Little Cow was such that after its passing, he started to paint a series of portraits of the small beige cow with spots, which he later passed on to his eleven children. Centuries later, a young girl named Sarah became besotted with a portrait of Little Cow she found in an antique shop. As she grew up, she made it her life's mission to find and acquire all the remaining paintings by farmer Dave. By forming The Little Cow Collector's Group, she discovers how the portraits passed from Dave's children and survived over time.

Sarah's Obsession is a moving reminder of how great art can surpass lifetimes and influence many lives along the way. K.L. Frase ends the book on an optimistic note with a gentle message about hope and never giving up on pursuing one's dreams and passions. With little slice-of-life stories following the descendants and owners of Dave's paintings, the narrative covers a lot of ground, with interwoven tales of a large cast of characters who fill the canvas of this book. Sarah is the focal point around which all the other plot threads intersect. She is an inspirational protagonist with an almost dogged determination to reach her goals. Overall, this is a heartwarming book with a collection of short stories that come together perfectly. Highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

Sarah's Obsession: The LC Stories is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, interpersonal drama, and family saga subgenres. It is best suited to adult readers owing to its themes and was penned by author K L Frase. This unique novel is a captivating exploration of love, family, and the enduring power of art that transcends time. The story unfolds across two centuries, beginning in the early 1800s when a man creates a series of twelve heartfelt paintings, each dedicated to his children and a beloved pet. These paintings embark on an incredible journey, passing through the hands of various individuals and families, leaving their unique mark on each. In the present day, Sarah, a young girl, stumbles upon one of these paintings in an antique store, setting off a relentless obsession to collect as many as she can in her lifetime.

Author K L Frase has crafted a work that handles multiple story threads deftly, crafting an incredible tapestry of personal narratives that appears and deepens before your eyes for a heartfelt and emotional experience. It beautifully highlights the profound impact that art can have on people's lives, connecting generations and offering solace during challenging times, and paints word portraits with glorious amounts of description, mood, and atmosphere. The characters are also richly developed, and their individual journeys add depth to the narrative through vibrant dialogue and unique voices. Overall, Sarah's Obsession is a story that will resonate with anyone who appreciates the profound beauty of art and its ability to touch the human soul, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to historical fiction fans everywhere.