For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock looked at Julie Sheffield and Blake Adock. When Blake gave her half of a lottery ticket instead of a tip, their lives changed in ways they never thought possible. This story showed some of the difficulties money can cause in relationships, while also showing two different perspectives on how you should react if you find yourself with more money, $10 million dollars each! Julie is convinced she should save her money to spend on her clothing line, while Blake seems to want to spend all of his money in order to see the reactions and happiness it gives to others. Throughout their experience trying to handle their new found financial freedom, and their new media attention, they also begin to have feelings for one another.
The Recipe by Candace Calvert focuses on Aimee Curran, who is currently working in a hospital as a dietary assistant. She has dreams of attending culinary school because she thinks her mother, who passed away 10 years earlier, would be proud of this decision. As Aimee finds herself becoming closer to a patient’s grandson, Lucas Marchal, she must look at the motivation behind her desire to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off. Is she focused on the things her mother would have wanted her to be focused on? Throughout the story, Lucas and Aimee form a friendship and relationship. I liked that these characters were both caring toward Lucas’ grandmother, and they were perfect examples of how we should strive to care for those in our lives, rather than always looking forward to “what’s next” in our career path.
The last story, Hook, Line, and Sinker, is written by one of my favorite authors, Susan May Warren. I always enjoy her books, and I also enjoyed this short story she wrote about Abigail Cushman. Abigail enters a fishing contest, with no knowledge about fishing, in order to win the contest to raise funds for her Bible Club. Abigail soon finds out that a person from her past also entered the contest, Ross Springer. They both have feelings for one another, but neither of them wants to admit to the other person about their feelings. As you can imagine, this causes some problems for both of them! I liked the characters in this story, and I felt like their relationship was really realistic.
I enjoyed all three of these short stories, and I will definitely keep these authors in mind when I am looking for books to read in the future.
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