Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
A busy woman rushing to make it to Bible study, a husband and father who’s just been laid off, and a hurting teenager with a secret are all running… Out of Time, a collection of three short stories by author C. J. Darlington.
I promise I don’t only read short stories when/because I’m running short on time myself. Even though it’s convenient to get in quick reads, I appreciate the short story form for what it is, and this trio is rather good, especially the title story.
I could have cried at the end of that one. It’s not a new message or a surprising tale to me, but it’s so real. It shows how we humans are, how sometimes we really just don’t get it. But it’s a motivating story, too.
Now, while I do like author’s notes that give background or “behind the scenes” info, I can do without explanations about a story’s moral or lesson, especially the shorter a story is. I think it’s more powerful when brief and sharp fiction is left to speak for itself, and the reader will catch the message just fine.
This is my first time reading this author, and I plan on doing so again.