Year Published: 2015
The Golden Tup - a dreadful tale of paradise being cruelly taken by latent evil.
Can evil be in a place? The tale opens with Verity, a farmer's wife, recalling how a young couple were arrested a few years previously for killing their new born baby. How could such a nice young couple have done such a dreadful thing? Through a series of flashbacks we learn how they had created their rural idyll, how an enigmatic man had come into their lives and how their idyll and relationship had gradually fallen apart - how, with references to Milton's Paradise Lost, their paradise was lost. Gradually the young wife reveals a dreadful past, but Verity realises that she is holding something back, but what? What is the terrible truth that caused her and her husband to kill their baby?
In real life the good guys don't always win.
About the Author:
Leslie Garland was born in 1949, qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer and worked for several years on projects in the UK, the Far East and Africa. During this period he won the Institution of Civil Engineers "Miller Prize" for a paper on tunnelling. Changing times resulted in a change in direction and after qualifying as an Associate Member of both the British Institute of Professional Photography and the Royal Photographic Society he started his own stock photograph library and wrote for the trade press. An unexpected break in his Internet connection fortuitously presented the time to make a start on a long cherished project of a series of short stories, and the first two of "The Red Grouse Tales" were drafted. Two more tales have followed and he is now working on a second batch of tales. He lives with his wife in Northumberland, England.
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My Take on the Book:
It was the first time that I have read a book from this author; and most certainly wouldn't mind reading more. Since this was a novella, it was a quick read. I ended up giving this a three star rating, a person is sometimes left to draw their own conclusions.
My tbr pile is still quite full, and I definitely wasn't expecting this to be a novella, but it made it easier to flow nicely through this book.