How fun! A creative short story set during the Christmas season about a lonely young woman and invokes a special kind of magic to break a curse. This is a quick, but satisfying read that left a smile on my face and will leave me never seeing old fashioned painted wooden or metal soldier toys the same way again.
Mya Bennet is in an antique store hunting down a Christmas present for her ‘hard to buy for’ brother who enjoys unique antique gifts. She allows the old shopkeeper to help her find something since she is coming up empty. Mya is in a hurry, but tries to have patience when the elderly lady is slow and also tries to sell her a toy soldier Christmas ornament. The soldier appeals to her, but she runs out of time and chooses just the gift for her brother.
Once she is gone, she notices that the soldier was bundled into her bag by mistake. Returning it is impossible because now the shop is all closed up and looks deserted. Mya soon forgets the mystery of the shop when she is burdened with a tough day at work due to breaking things off with a boss who sets the office gossips tongues to wagging with his own spin on the story.
Putting the soldier on her mantle, she gets cozy on her couch for some much needed R&R, but her dreams carry her to a strange place and involve the embodiment of the soldier in a real man. These are dreams aren’t they she wonders.
The plot and creative storytelling were really good. It was refreshing to read a paranormal that involved something a little different. I loved the fantasy-feel to the story. There wasn’t a lot of time to get engaged in the story because it was a short one, but I still felt some connection to Mya. It leaves off with an explanation and more of a chance for the beginning of something for Mya instead of a regular happily ever after.
I recommend this to those who enjoy short stories and appreciate a little something not in the ordinary way when it comes to their paranormal or fantasy romances.
My thanks go to the author, Sam Asher, for providing my copy of the story in exchange for an honest review.
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