Emma’s Story: The Girl in the Picture by
Patty was trying to get on with her life
after her husband, Dave, had had an affair. Their marriage
was over and she is happy with life, her cat Buster, and was
looking at putting Buster’s picture in an old frame she had
Then the dreams began about the woman
whose picture was in that frame. Was it a coincidence, or was
Emma trying to teach Patty something through the experiences
she’d had in her life?
Emma’s Story: The Girl in the
Picture is a story of forgiveness and learning to move
forward. It was a little disconcerting to read about Patty’s
quick forgiveness of Dave after his betrayal. I feel that had
it not been in first person, and if we had been able to read
Dave’s remorse, it would have been easier to accept him as
being the hero in this story.
Love Floats by Stacy Dawn
Kelsey Ryan wasn’t sure what to make of
Mitch Downs. He had hired her to plant a garden at his home,
which just happened to be on a houseboat. He was exceedingly
good looking and he seemed to show an interest in her. The
problem, she had to keep reminding herself, was that the
garden was for his wedding.
Widower Mitch wasn’t planning on pursuing
a new relationship, yet when he met Kelsey, he was
inexplicably drawn to her. He was attracted to her and simply
enjoyed being with her. Kelsey seemed to reciprocate, but
then she’d turn completely around and run from him.
Love Floats is an
entertaining romance of miscommunication. Kelsey and Mitch
are very attracted to each other, but with each step forward
that Mitch attempts, Kelsey understandably throws up a
barrier. This felt like a complete story with well developed
characters. I truly enjoyed the romance between Kelsey and
The House Next Door by Carol Ann Erhardt
Author Kaylene has a new neighbor. He
had moved into the house that should have been her home, if
only her fiancée Donovan hadn’t died. But who was he? He
appeared in the shadows, he only came out during the night.
To Kaylene, he could be one of the heroes from her vampire
What little Kaylene could glimpse of him,
he reminded her of Donovan, but Donovan is dead and there were
no such things as vampires, no matter what she writes.
The House Next Door is
reminiscent of a gothic romance. The intrepid heroine, the
mysterious hero, and the dark, previously deserted house. I
was pleasantly surprised by the unexpected twist of the story,
but was a little disappointed that the author summarized the
romance so quickly.
His Son, Our Matchmaker by Tabitha Gibson
Patrick Grant had to give his son credit,
when Timothy put his mind to something, he became very
determined to succeed. Subtle definitely was not Timothy’s
strong point. Patrick had no doubt that Timothy had decided
to play matchmaker with his teacher, Miss Megan Trent, with
the emphasis on Miss, and himself.
Megan was impressed with her student
Timothy, but she never anticipated being manipulated by a
fifth grader turned matchmaker. Not that she would complain.
From the moment she saw Patrick, she was drawn to him.
Unfortunately, he was a student’s parent.
His Son, Our Matchmaker
succeeded in having the feel of a complete story. I enjoyed
Timothy’s schemes to get Patrick and Miss Trent together, and
was impressed with the depth each character had in spite of
the length of this story.
Hattie’s Dance by Tanner Holmes
Hattie Martindale didn’t attend dances.
Her crippled leg didn’t allow for grace, and anyways, she
didn’t have any suitors calling on her. However, she didn’t
have it in her heart to deny her younger sister Maribel’s
request to attend the social and occupy Adam Benson, the
brother of Maribel’s suitor. She never expected to enjoy
herself, and kept forgetting that he wasn’t there as her
is a very touching story about a woman overcoming self-doubt,
and the whispers of being called a cripple. This was one of
my favorite short stories in this anthology.
Don’t Forget the Roses by Evelyn Lucas
Jessie Harper must decide if she can
accept that Bill is part of her past. She loved him, but he
has died. Now she has been asked to marry Mark and she has
come to talk to her mother about her conflicting feelings of
guilt and happiness.
Don’t Forget the Roses is
more of a rumination than a story. It simply involves Jessie
speaking about her feelings with her mother and coming to
terms that life must go on. There is no interaction between
Jessie and Mark, nor is there more than one scene. I feel
that the author wrote well, but that this really shouldn’t be
considered a story. It should have been a scene from a longer
Night Blooms by Dana Mentink
After a very bad day, and the resulting
speeding ticket because of said bad day, Corinne Brindle was
working off her community service at a National Park. She
couldn’t see the beauty of the desert she was working in.
Tom Tohono loved the land and the
National Park he worked in. He took great pride in protecting
the area and cultivating the wildlife. He was intrigued by
Corinne, but it was obvious she was as out of place out here,
as he would be in the city.
Night Blooms is very
entertaining. I particularly enjoyed it as Corinne had one
mishap after another with either plant or animal. I would
have been happier with this story if it had been a little
longer, but I still read enough to know that I will keep an
eye out for additional stories by Dana Mentink.
Resurrection by Rebecca Ruger
Jasmine and Edward have become strangers,
yet they once felt great love for each other. Perhaps they
still do. Together, they must decide what their future holds
and if they can overcome their past.
Resurrection is a poignant
story of sorrow. Although it was a touching story, it was too
brief to leave any impact.