Sunday, November 28, 2010

Same Time Next Year

Jerome and Greg played on the dirt road halfway between their homes when they were kids, and found much better games to play there when they grew older. It's their special spot, the perfect place for Greg to propose, and the worst place possible for the accident that takes his life.

Devastated by the loss, Jerome visits that lonely road on the anniversary of Greg's death, only to discover that not all endings are permanent.
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Ms. Winters has done it again: she's provided a solid little story with elements that are familiar in her work but still fresh because she handles them differently every time. A main character, very much in love with his partner, dies, and she's made me like it sniffles and all. Love persists after death, but so does life -- her character doesn't quit thinking or feeling or living, no matter what his sister might think. And it ends happy, and makes me happy.

The story does drag a little at first, but keep going, cause it's like the roller coaster, have to get moving and then whee. The last line was off-the-wall and perfect.


There's an author extra, which turned out to be a little scene that didn't fit into this story but goes with it that you can find here on Goodreads. Don't know why it's not on the blog. Or there too.



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Disclaimer -- The source story was provided by the author for review, which is a first WOOWEEEE! Oh. Well, it is, so add to the list of things I'm thankful for is that someone actually wanted to know what I thought.

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