15 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Yes, Fernando by Kathryn V. White

Short stories are tough. I honestly believe that they must be MUCH harder to write than a full-length novel. You have to get your plot laid out and executed, introduce and expand your characters AND entertain the reader in a small format. I’ve seen this done very well and I’ve seen this done very bad. With this book, it was somewhere in-between. The author sent me this for review and it was super short (took me less than 15 minutes to read it, probably) so I decided to give it a whirl. I love dog stories.

This one was done very well and it wasn’t very bad. It was just… well… head-scratching. I “get it”, but I’m not really sure of the point. There’s this lady that, apparently, loses the ability to say “no” after being sick. Gets a dog… and well, it’s just confusingly odd.

I truly wanted to like it, hey, it’s got a dog in it! The writing isn’t bad and I really hope we see little Fernando in future works by this author… but it just wasn’t my thing.

Recommended for fans of this author’s previous works perhaps.

In this fun, short-short story, a woman finds her world turned upside down after a week of intense illness.

No longer able to authoritatively wield the word “NO!,” she struggles to handle the transformations sweeping her life.

Buy now to see how she moves through her self-made limits to live a more joyful life. Perhaps you’ll identify with her journey!

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Book count for 2013: 28

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