Award Winning eBook, and Library Journal SELF-e Selection.
It takes 7 seconds to crash.
It takes 3 seconds to fall in love.
It takes an infinite moment to let go.
David Medwin's life is fading away, and all he can think about is what it means to be alive.
An intense story about life, death and, most of all, love.
-2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Gold Medal Winner: Fiction - Short Story
-2016 Pacific Book Awards Winner: Best Short Story.
-The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards Finalist (2015).
-Shelf Unbound Notable Top 100 Book (2015).
-Literary Classics Seal of Approval (August 20, 2015).
-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award (Summer 2015): Best Novella.
About the Author
Petra March is the Award Winning Author of the A Touch of Cinnamon Series, and of the standalone Novel, A Different Kind of Lovely. Her book, All the Skies I will not See, is a Library Journal SELF-e Selection. The book won the 2016 Pacific Book Awards for Best Short Story, and was a Gold Medal Winner (Fiction - Short Story) in the 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards. In 2015, the book was a Finalist in the 2015 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Novella, earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, and received a 5-Star Review Seal from Readers' Favorite. The literary magazine Shelf Unbound listed All the Skies I will not See amid the 2015 Top 100 Notable Books. The multi-award winning All the Skies I will not See features characters from Petra March's other works: A Veil of Glass and Rain(Special Edition), A Dream of Lilies:A Novella, and A Different Kind of Lovely:A Novel. A Veil of Glass and Rain(Special Edition) was a Finalist in the 2016 I Heart Indie Contest (New Adult), organized by the Las Vegas Romance Writers of America, and was featured in the June 2015 issue of the literary publication InD'tale Magazine. Petra March graduated summa cum laude in Theater and Cinema Studies at University of Rome 3, and earned a MA degree from the Catholic University of Milan. She studied Screenwriting and History of American Cinema at UCLA and NYU, and worked as screenwriter in Italy and France, where she also taught Creative Writing in elementary schools and junior high schools. Presently, she keeps traveling and dreaming through her novels and stories; just like Petra, her characters are deeply in love with Europe and the USA. Connect with Petra: authorpetramarch.weebly.com www.facebook.com/AuthorPetraMarch
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
All The Skies I Will Not See is the sequel to A Veil of Glass and Rain. In my opinion it does not have to be read after book one but it would definitely help as David, the main character was introduced in book one. This is David’s story. He is Eagan’s best friend from Book 1 in the series. ATSIWNS is a very short novella (I think I read it in under an hour) but it packed a whale of a punch. Moving back and forth between past and present, you see David’s life broken up in snippets of time and realize very quickly not to take anything in life for granted. Hug your loved ones a little tighter, kiss your cat, wave at the mailman, sniff the rain.. live life for every moment you have because you just never know. And for Pete’s sake, dont judge people. Secrets hurt. They hurt the ones keeping them and the ones they are keeping them for. David had a secret and it hurt him. I knew how this story was going to end yet I kept wanting it to end differently. I wanted David to have the life he deserved. This book was very different from A Veil of Glass and Rain but still beautiful none the less. It was also about love and loss but not about finding the HEA. It was about the ultimate loss. I loved this book too. It was brilliant. It didnt need to be longer. The author said all she needed to say in less than 100 pages. 5***** WickedGood(Heartbreaking)Stars for All The Skies I Will Not See.
Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite All the Skies I Will Not See by Petra March is a delicious book. Delicious? An unusual way to describe a book for sure, but it's delicious in that, like a beautifully prepared meal, all the dishes served work perfectly together. While the possibly slightly implausible plot line i.e. a young man writing this story as he draws close to death after a car accident might be unacceptable to those steeped in realism, All the Skies I Will Not See is actually quite feasible. If you look at this novella from the point of view that any person, in the last moments of life, may "write" a key part of their lives in their minds, then what happens in this book is acceptable. And what a beautiful story it is! Through the protagonist, David Matthews, Petra March tells the sad tale of a young man who discovers he is gay in an unexpected way. After becoming close friends with Lily, who falls in love with him, he realizes that while he loves her as a friend, he doesn't respond to her sexually. But when he meets Lily's male friend, the artist, Ari, David feels drawn to him in every way. Ari captures the essence of David through his artwork, but when the two part, neither tells the other how they feel about each other. What makes Petra March's book so delicious is her almost poetic descriptions, her ability to create an almost unearthly mood throughout the story, yet all the while depicting characters who are very real. All the Skies I Will Not See is classified as a Young Adult, but quite frankly, this is a story that will touch hearts of any age.
David Medwin is not unlike many young people in that he wrestles with thoughts of confusion and self-doubt. As he strives to live his life well while coming to terms with the contradiction of who he is and who he wishes to be, he allows indecision to dictate his life's journey. Author Petra March is a truly gifted writer. The way in which she has crafted this raw and genuine story exhibits rare talent. Lovers of the written word will enjoy Petra's writing long before they fall in love with her message. Exquisitely penned, brilliantly told, All the Skies I will not See packs a powerful punch in this short and touching novella which has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
I enjoyed reading this touching story about love and loss. I especially love author's appreciation of art and the way she used it in her story, making it so much more interesting to read and easy to admire.
*I received this ARC from the Author in exchange for an honest review* I give this very surprising and moving novella 5 stars!!! This novella certainly has the WOW factor! I was amazed how such a short story about David could pull at the heart strings so strongly. I was expecting tears because I was aware of David’s fate and how the story would end, what I didn’t expect was so many feelings to surface. My surprise was that my emotions weren’t focused on how the story ends but the struggles David was facing at such a young age. When I finished reading this I felt quite sad as David didn’t get to live the life he should have had, mostly because he was frightened to embrace who he really was and because of his fear of others reactions. He didn’t get to experience real love and had a lot of missed opportunities. Although I was saddened by the story and certainly needed tissues by the end, I also found it quite inspirational. I found myself reflecting on my life and finding no regrets, I hope this story reaches out to other young people who are struggling to find themselves and encourages them to be strong and make decisions based on what is best for them! I couldn't put this beautifully written story down and read it in one sitting. I can't thank Petra March enough for allowing me to read this novella for a review, she is such a fantastic emotional writer who is able to write characters that jump out of the page at you, she makes them and their feelings, struggles, happiness etc. feel very real. Once again Petra you have excelled yourself, thank you x