Short Stories

Two Turtle Doves

Two Turtle Doves 

Two Turtle Doves from author Richard Wall is my latest and greatest read. Are you a fan of Richard Wall’s writing? This was my first experience reading his work, and I must say that I was not disappointed. 

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If you’ve ever read my reviews on Beautiful, Complicated Family or Like Only a Woman Can, then you know how much I love a great short story. 

About Two Turtle Doves 

Suicidal teenager Rich Anthony was on his way to step in front of an express train when he spots a battered acoustic guitar left outside an Oxfam shop. Intrigued, Rich changes his mind, takes the guitar home and teaches himself to play.

What happens next changes his life. 

Thoughts on Two Turtle Doves 

Two Turtle Doves is a short story, but it’s one to embrace every word of. Because it is raw, real, and the main character is a mess. 

My first guitar saved my life. And I wish now that I’d never set eyes on it.

Two Turtle Doves

What is so interesting to me is this story sounds strikingly similar and familiar to many rock and roll music legends. They have a rough life, lots of dark and embarrassing things to hide, and are desperate to make it big and become someone. Yet they are a mess, and oftentimes get mixed up with drugs. 

Two Turtle Doves is raw, direct, dark, and very real. Despite being such a short story, it was an easy read because I kept wanting to turn the page. There’s nothing boring about this story. 

I’m not going to tell you anything more about the story, other than you will not regret reading it! 

If you are looking for a page-turning short story, this is one you don’t want to miss! 

Final Thoughts on Two Turtle Doves 

One of my favorite Sunday morning traditions is to sit at my dining room table with a cup of coffee and a doughnut from Voodoo, and read a good short story instead of the newspaper. Short stories keep my attention for just the right amount of time, and are a lot more interesting to read than the newspaper. Two Turtle Doves is a perfect short story to enjoy during my normal Sunday routine. 

Two Turtle Doves is definitely worth taking the time to read! I would highly recommend it. 

Discussion 

Have you read Two Turtle Doves, or any other stories from author Richard Wall? Are you a fan of short stories, or do you prefer longer traditional novels? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

About the Author 

​​Born in England in 1962, Richard grew up in a small market town in rural Herefordshire before joining the Royal Navy. After 22 years in the submarine service and having travelled extensively, Richard now lives and writes in rural Worcestershire.

His first short story, “Evel Knievel and The Fat Elvis Diner” (available on Kindle), was soon followed by “Five Pairs of Shorts” a collection of ten short stories, and another short story called ‘Hank Williams’ Cadillac’.

Richard’s latest venture is a collaboration with UK musician, ‘Half Deaf Clatch’, in which Richard wrote a short story to accompany the concept album, ‘Beelzebub Jones – A Good Day To Be A Bad Guy’.

Richard’s stories reflect his life-long fascination with the dark underbelly of American culture, be it tales of the Wild West, or of the simmering menace of the Deep South, or the poetry of Charles Bukowski, or the writing of Langston Hughes, or the music of Charley Patton, Son House, Johnny Cash, or Tom Waits.

A self-confessed Delta Blues music anorak, Richard embarked on a pilgrimage to the USA to visit the Deep South, where a bizarre encounter in Clarksdale, Mississippi inspired him to write his début novel, Fat Man Blues.

Purchasing 

If you are interested in purchasing and reading Two Turtle Doves: 

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5 Comments

  • Nicole Anderson

    This post really has me intrigued to know what happens within this short story. I do understand and appreciate your keenness for short stories on a Sunday as opposed to the newspaper. Two Turtle Doves sounds like a hit of gritty reality with the main character being quite fascinating together with his circumstances. It really does sound worth the read and getting a copy of. Thank you for not spoiling the surprise with how the story develops.

  • Britt K

    Ooo this sounds like a really interesting read. I love that you didn’t reveal too much about it because it really intrigues me lol There is something so sad and yet so intriguing about the lifestyles of the rich and famous – stories like this that center around that concept draw us in and give us an interesting glimpse into that way of life. I’m going to have to check this one out, for sure!

  • Seriah Sargenton

    This sounds super interesting. I love how you didn’t spoil to much of it which makes the story sound that more fascinating. I may be wrong, but this reminded me a bit of the story of the main vocalist for Linkin Park. It’s so sad how true these rich and fake stories can be.

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