Mini Review: Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange: A Short Story by Helen Smith

02 Apr
Mini Review: Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange: A Short Story by Helen Smith

Mini Review. 

As you might know, I enjoy reading short stories every now then to break up the longer novels. I like a quick beginning, middle and an end. This book was offered as a free download on Amazon, as part of Helen’s newsletter. I think at the moment, it is available for 99p.

purple silver


An entertaining short story set in a futuristic England, Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange is a bite-sized introduction to Helen Smith’s writing.

Sarah wanted a sensitive, poetic, romantic boyfriend who would bring her flowers. Ryan ticks all the boxes. So why isn’t Sarah happy?


My Thoughts:

This was a really intriguing read. The description was quite vague so I didn’t really know what to expect. The title, description and cover didn’t give much away. Actually I really liked this, as I went into the book not knowing what to expect, but was very pleasantly surprised. 

We hear of the two characters Sarah and Ryan who are in a relationship. We are not sure how long they have been together or at what stage it is at. They get a visitor who shakes things up a bit for them.

The clue is in the description, but I just browsed over that…… Futuristic!  

I haven’t read any of Helen Smith’s books before, but this bite sized read had shown me that I like her writing style. I have read other reviews on the book where people have said ‘there’s a message to appreciate what you have’. I guess you could see this, but I just wanted a quick read that was a bit quirky, and that’s exactly the way I took it. 

Have you read this, or any of Helen Smith’s books? If you have please recommend me the best one? If you haven’t what do you think of the sound of this little treat?












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6 responses to “Mini Review: Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange: A Short Story by Helen Smith

  1. florence

    April 2, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I have read books by Helen Lewis, one of her earlier books ‘A Time to Speak’ is exceptionally brilliant. Helen Lewis was born in Czechoslovakia but moved to Prague to study dance drama.
    Helen and her husband were deported to a Jewish Ghetto and later to Auschwitz. After liberation she returned to Prague but her husband did not survive. Helen Lewis later remarried and again got involved with dance choreography in Belfast where her second husband was born. She then wrote ‘A Time to Speak’ which is a moving story about her experience in Auschwitz, her suffering and her survivial. An amazing although sometimes very upsetting story. I would certainly recommend this book and her following books ‘Emily Castles Mysteries’ I will certainly be reading Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange. Thank you for your recommendation

    • chocolatepages

      April 2, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Thank you Florence. The Author that wrote this book is Helen Smith. I’m not sure I would enjoy Helen Lewis’ Auschwitz stories as they sound rather tense, however the Emily Castle mysteries sound like they would be more my kind of thing. You sound like a real fan of Helen Lewis, perhaps I should have a look at this Author. Thank you as always for your comments. If you read Purple Silver, I hope you enjoy. It is a nice short quirky read.

      • florence

        April 2, 2016 at 11:20 am

        I just realised I misread the authors name, I am sure you would enjoy Helen Lewis’ other books. I will certainly try Helen Smith Purple, Silver, Orange, Olive.

      • chocolatepages

        April 2, 2016 at 11:21 am

        Thank you, I think it just shows your enthusiasm for Helen Lewis. 😉
        Have a nice day. x

  2. Lianne Thebrunettesays (TheBrunetteSays)

    April 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Ive never heard of this author before, but trying to find time for more reading so will look out for her! #weekendblogshare

    • chocolatepages

      April 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you. If you want Author recommendations, I have plenty of fab ones here to shout about. Hope you find some good books to enjoy again. Thanks.


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