Arts and Entertainment, Books, Fiction, Short Stories

Coming Home: A Very Short Story by Steven F. Freeman

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.

Coming Home by Steven F. Freeman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Josh has been battling loneliness in the months since his former fiancée abruptly called off their wedding. Now the arrival of a mysterious package with an insistent message could take Josh around an unexpected bend in Coming Home: A Very Short Story by author Steven F. Freeman.

While I’ve got a few of his thrillers waiting in my library, this is my first time reading this author. Just needed a little tale to snack on, and I ended up enjoying this tale more than I thought I would.

Some of it is on the corny side, but not necessarily in a bad way, especially for romantic folks who appreciate feel-good reads. I like a quick and simple story that still has something “different” to it, something worth guessing about, as this one has.

 

Arts and Entertainment, Books, Fiction, Short Stories

Out of Time by C. J. Darlington

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.

Out of Time by C.J. Darlington

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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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.

 

Books, Fiction, Short Stories

The Art Contest by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

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.

The Art Contest by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The Nazi army has swarmed into France. Twelve-year-old Marie isn’t aware at first of her pianist father’s real role in the war, but now she must help him sneak intelligence past their country’s invaders in The Art Contest by author Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick.

I appreciate stories that illustrate how sharp-witted and courageous humanity can be in dangerous times, and I really enjoyed this. It’s a quick (but not rushed) read that conveys the gravity of a wartime situation but isn’t super dark. And the perspective that goes into Marie’s decision is nicely realized.

This is one of those stories I’d say is good for readers of any age. I know people sometimes think of short reads as “too little,” but I’d say this is a great example of how I think of well-written short stories: just enough.

 

Arts and Entertainment, Books, ebooks, Fiction, Short Stories

Tea & Cream Debbie

Tea & Cream Debbie
A Sequel Short to Dream Debbie
(Chick Lit/Romance)

There can be a right way to apply a cliché.

Debbie? She’s always been a dreamer. And some of the bright dreams of her past come back to her mind in the presence of the special man in her life. (Ah. Stuart.) But at this point in their relationship, is the remembrance of those dreams a good thing or not?

This short story also includes a bonus: an excerpt from The “She” Stands Alone, a romantic comedy found in a sweet romance collection, Inspiring Love.

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Tea & Cream Debbie is available as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.