Released on November 30, 2013
I am generally not a short story fan because I really enjoy character and plot to have a chance to develop, but once in a while the mood hits me and I will pick up a short story or short story anthology to enjoy. I was given this book a few weeks back, but it took a little while for the mood to hit. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read these stories.
Adjectives that come to mind are sweet, poignant, cute, sad, bittersweet, etc. The reason for this variety of emotions is because this is an anthology and there are a variety of story types. This is one where you can’t go by the cover- or JUST by the cover because yes, these are stories of love, but no, they aren’t about one kind of love. I think I was most taken by the ones that weren’t about romantic love though there are some good samples of that included too. Some of the stories jump right in and some have a brief narrative to get you on track. I particularly enjoyed the smooth narrative tones of these stories both from a first person and third person perspective.
With this being an anthology of this many stories, I have no intention of rating them individually (trust me, I don’t have that kind of time and you don’t want to take that kind of time). I will just share that my favorites involved the story of a lady working as a ticket agent during WWII who made it possible for the soldiers and sailors to get one last chance to see their loved ones before shipping out, the story of a teen crush that turned into a sweet friendship and the story of a daughter reminiscing about time spent with her father. Now its not that I didn’t enjoy the romances and get a lump in my throat over the sad ones, I guess it was just what I was in the mood to enjoy most. I really wasn’t struck by one I didn’t like though there were a couple that I was ‘meh’ about. Considering that there are seventeen stories, that’s not a bad average.
I can recommend this for those who love a good love story even if the love is familial or friendship. These would be great to have with you when you need something to entertain, but not large periods of time to sit down and read.