Afternoon Delight Review: Prussian Heart by Sam Asher

Posted April 25, 2013 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Afternoon Delight Review: Prussian Heart by Sam Asher
Prussian Heart

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Genres: Holiday Romance
Released on March 2013
Pages: 41
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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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.