Take One at Bedtime

Fiction - Anthology
131 Pages
Reviewed on 10/13/2019
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Author Biography

Jenny Twist was born in York and brought up in the West Yorkshire mill town of Heckmondwike, the eldest grandchild of a huge extended family.
She left school at fifteen and went to work in an asbestos factory. After working in various jobs, including bacon-packer and escapologist’s assistant (she was The Lovely Tanya), she returned to full-time education and did a BA in history, at Manchester and post-graduate studies at Oxford.
She stayed in Oxford working as a recruitment consultant for many years and it was there that she met and married her husband, Vic.
In 2001 they retired and moved to Southern Spain where they live with their rather eccentric dogs and cat. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, knitting and attempting to do fiendishly difficult logic puzzles.
Since moving to Spain she has written four novels and numerous short stories.
In July 2018 she was awarded the coveted TOP FEMALE AUTHOR award in Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal/Science Fiction by The Authors Show

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

“I have been writing stories for as long as I can remember but I didn’t get down to it seriously until I retired to Spain. Some of these stories were written years ago, many were written specifically for a local magazine, Streetwise, and some for competitions. If they have any theme in common it is speculation. Most of these stories begin with asking the question, ‘What if?’” Take One at Bedtime by Jenny Twist is an eclectic collection of short stories that combines the elements of alternate universe, revenge, romance and much more. A betrayal makes a humble woman lose her self-control in What am I Going to do About Alice? - the first story in the anthology. The intriguing ending deftly beckons the reader to draw their own conclusion.

The Apple Tree is one of my favorites, where a man gets a second chance to be with his soulmate again in an alternate world. Antonio’s Grandmother is a funny tale about an unbelievably grumpy matriarch and how she finally lets her guard down and shocks her family and friends. Horror fans will definitely enjoy Jack Trevellyn and Victim of Fortune. All in all, the narrative is engaging where each story has its own appeal with well-developed characters, including thought-provoking concepts and plots. Some can definitely be considered for a novel and I appreciated that Twist explains more about the stories at the end. This collection is truly an enjoyable read, and readers can certainly take on more than one story at bedtime.