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Tess and Tattoos
by H. A. Leuschel
The book blurb:
A suspenseful and emotional novella exploring whether we can ever be free from our past mistakes.
In this story, the reader is taken on a compelling journey into the human mind where genuine friendship offers the key to inner peace.
Meet Tess, an elderly lady living in a care home apartment in the outskirts of Edinburgh, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision. She meets Nurse Sandra, a warm and bubbly single mother of three, who is instantly intrigued by Tess’s personality and the mystery that surrounds her.
‘Tess and Tattoos’ is one of five gripping stories in HA Leuschel’s story collection Manipulated Lives centred around psychological manipulation.
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The thoughts of Veilys Reviews:
Tess and Tattoos is a short story taken from the book, Manipulated Lives, by the author Helene Leuschel.
We start in the setting of Sheltered housing, where we meet Tess. An independent Octogenarian, who has lived in her one room in the home for three years. Tess has no friends and her only family is her son, Daniel, who lives on the other side of the world in Australia, with his wife and four children. Tess has a set routine, that runs virtually to the second every day. Tess is a lady who has such inner strength and stoicism, that shows throughout this book. She is however lonely. As the nurses come in each day she tries to stretch out and make the most of the time she has with them. Anything to keep them with her a few minutes longer, to stave off the emptiness that she knows will consume her the minute they leave the room. Trapped in her own world, in that room, her mind wanders to the past and her secrets. Oh such deep, dark secrets thats she’s carried around with her for years, a weight on her elderly shoulders.
Life goes on much the same, until the day a new nurse starts at the home. Sandra is a recently widowed Lady, who has found herself a single parent, having to cope alone and now take on this new job to provide for and make ends meet for her children. Sandra is bubbly, effervescent, and soon forms a close relationship with Tess. There’s something there that gives them an unexpected but welcome bond.
It all changes one night, when for the very first time, Tess has to give in and call for help. Stuck in the bath in the middle of the night, she’s no choice but to press the buzzer and get a nurse to help. It’s at this point that Tess’s past secrets and sufferings are exposed for an outsider to see.
Tess and Sandra spend more and more time together and Tess gradually expels her past. A woman who has known suffering, pain and love. All of this the author has written with such sensitivity and care. This is a beautifully written story that i read in one sitting. A stunning setting and the author has a brilliant, descriptive way with words. For a short story it is certainly packed with an emotional punch. Such characters, so well written and relatable. A good depth of personality that immediately connects with the reader. The writing flows and ebbs and carries you along like flotsam on a wave. A fabulous little read. In fact the more i think about it, the more i feel this would be fantastic as a full length novel. There’s so much here that the author could expand and with Helene’s magical touch, i’m positive it would be as much of a success as this is.
Author Bio –
Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.
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