The cover of Stained Glass Lives by Louise Worthington

Stained Glass Lives by Louise Worthington is a beautiful anthology, filled with poetic and evocative writing.

Thank you so much to Louise Worthington for getting in touch with me after seeing my review of her book Distorted Days — check out my review. She sent me a free copy of Stained Glass Lives in return for an honest review.

Louise has also collaborated with me on the Rafflecopter giveaway below — scroll down to the bottom of the post to see the full details!

Stained Glass Lives is on Goodreads, and is available in paperback and eBook on Amazon, Kobo and Blackwell’s. Visit Louise’s website to learn more about Stained Glass Lives and for links to purchase your copy.

My review

I loved Louise’s writing in Distorted Days so I was super excited to get my hands on Stained Glass Lives. This is an anthology that focuses on beautifully written stories which vary in length from just a paragraph to several pages. The writing is poetic and beautiful — I was totally swept away in her beautiful descriptions and imagery.

Here were some of my most favourite lines and stories:

  • Jump Start. A story of a woman whose marriage has become loveless and stale in the last five years, and at 49 she has started getting chest pains.
    “The diagnosis cannot convey the longing or the absence of awe, the absence of wonder, the chasm of a shapeless loss. The only thing living inside me is loneliness and a quiet anxiety about when the lovenessness will end — the charade of my marriage and the pain of what might have been. There is no love from David to feed my heart: this life, this slow turning off of a life support machine. I want to live.”
  • Role Reversal. This story tells of a daughter caring for her mother who has dementia, with a few lines about each day of the week and her slow decline. It’s heartbreaking and beautifully written.
  • It Smells Like Rain. The main character is being gaslit by their partner, who is lying repeatedly to them. There are no names or descriptions of their appearance, but in my head I could picture this sort of scene playing out so vividly.
    “I am drenched with your words, by your tongue and the shake of your head that sends the wet drops flying at me, into me. Soaking me.”
  • Visitors. This story is told from the point of view of a woman who lives in a carehome, and her friend Mary and her visitor, Jay. It had a touching and heartbreaking twist at the end when you learn Jay’s true identity.

Most of the stories also have a shock twist at the end, an ending that you wouldn’t expect. All aspects of life are covered here, including loneliness, murder, heartbreak and divorce.

If you enjoy short stories and anthologies, then this is an absolute must-read. I was blown away but the high quality writing of each story — it was really difficult to choose just a few stories to highlight in my review!

Giveaway — win Stained Glass Lives and Distorted Days

Louise has generously offered to giveaway Stained Glass Lives and Distorted Days to 2 lucky winners! Use the widget to enter.

Win Distorted Days and Stained Glass Lives

Terms and conditions:

Competition is open to UK residents only, 18+. Competition closes at midnight on 13th August 2020. Only entries made through will be accepted. The winner will be selected at random via Gleam from all valid entries, and will be notified via Twitter and/or email by If no response is received within 7 days then reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time will delete the data.

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Louise Worthington, the author of Stained Glass LivesAbout the author, Louise Worthington

Louise is the author of Distorted Days and Rachel’s Garden of RoomsThe Entrepreneur will be available later in 2020. The Thief, a short story published by Park Publications, is available to download via Louise Worthington’s website.

Before writing full time, Louise worked mainly as an English teacher after getting a degree in Literature and later, studying business and psychology at Masters level.

Louise grew up in Cheshire and now resides in Shropshire.

You can find Louise on Twitter.

Stained Glass Lives is on Goodreads, and is available in paperback and eBook on Amazon, Kobo and Blackwell’s. Visit Louise’s website to learn more about Stained Glass Lives and for links to purchase your copy.