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: 3 of 5 stars
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Truth be told, she’d hopelessly isolated herself… In doing so, she wondered how many opportunities she’d missed out on.
Marti copes with memories of the past and her present widowhood by holding on to predictability and aloneness. But meeting a young mother and daughter in trouble brings the sameness of Marti’s life to a halt in When Paths Cross by author C.L. Wells.
I was looking for something short but meaningful when I picked up this novelette, and that’s what I got. It’s a good illustration of how what we need most in life sometimes is linked to the needs of others.
The story’s pacing is a bit awkward in a couple places, and it seems like one twist takes too big a leap without enough time or emotional development to keep it from feeling somewhat trite and too perfect by the end. But overall, the compassion and renewed life in this story make it worth the read.