Tin Can Serenade by Amanda Dykes

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Tin Can Serenade by Amanda Dykes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

Two children strike up a correspondence, via a tin can and a pulley, that will uncover a long-buried connection between their families, bringing a chance for love and redemption in Tin Can Serenade by author Amanda Dykes.

Tales told all or mostly through characters’ correspondence can be a little hit-and-miss with me. But this Victorian short hooked me with its “jump right in and get it!” approach. It’s a great example of how a story can say so much without using a lot of words.

It’s got some delightful moments, and as I first found when I read Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale by this author, she has a knack for poignancy and aching but beautiful romance. And the poetry in this one is a nice touch, too.

A quick, moving, and hopeful holiday read.


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