Hampshire Stories: A Collection of Tales Set in 19th-Century England By Joe Giampaolo is a stellar collection of short stories! Giampaolo takes you back in time, creating historically accurate atmospheres and dialogue that are bound to give you a history lesson! Each story centers around the topics of love and the everyday musing of high-society in 19th-Century England. One of the stories even features an enchanting legend about a handsome knight on a quest to save his kingdom! These are stories of pure delight and feature a lovable cast of characters. There is a story for everyone in this collection!
Let me start by praising Giampaolo’s immense gift for creating historically accurate dialogue. I felt as though I was reading one of my favorite Jane Austen novels! He even leaves endnotes for every story that helps inform you of slang and traditions of the time. Anyone who reads this collection will see how well thought out and researched these stories are!
It would be negligent of me not to mention just how much Giampaolo transports you back in time with his incredible descriptions! He creates vivid atmospheres and doesn’t forget to leave out the most minute of details. This is reminiscent of the novels published in the 19th-century! Many of the descriptions left me with a warm and cozy feeling.
Another one of Giampaolo’s gift is his ability to fully develop his characters within a short space of time. Particularly the character of Emma comes to mind as I write this. You gain a comprehensive grasp of her personality, despite her only being featured for a limited time. This is mostly due to Giampaolo’s detailed descriptions. You can also see this ability come to life in her suitor, Mr. Johnston.
Giampaolo’s writing is reminiscent of Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell. It is evident that he took great care in crafting this collection of stories. The research conducted to create accurate portrayals of the time is praiseworthy!
If you have ever dreamed of living in 19-century England’s high-society, you must read this book! Curl up with a cup of coffee or tea on a chilly afternoon and get lost in these stories. Plus, you will receive a history lesson in the most fun way possible by reading this book!
Pages: 204 | ASIN: B08FD2NJ8V