Below are mini reviews of two short stories written by Marcia Carrington. The tales are both very distinct, but they are definitely quick reads. Like, really quick. Like, the one is only 15 pages.
Nancy is at the end of her rope. Her husband has left, she’s been convinced that she committed a crime at work, and believes her family is too busy to listen to her woes. All of these unfortunate circumstances have led her to the seaside, where she’s contemplating ending it all by committing suicide. As she rethinks all of the things which are going wrong in her life, a man appears out of the ocean. He’s her guardian angel, Adam. Definitely a serious scenario, but I couldn’t help but wonder what the guy was wearing. Swim trunks? Speedo? Angel toga? Or totally commando?
All joking aside, it was heartbreaking to read about someone who has given up on life, and thinks that there is no other option but suicide. Adam helps her to see she still has something to live for: her family. It makes you realize that even if you don’t have a guardian angel, there is usually somebody out there who is willing to listen. Whether it be a friend, a family member, or even a stranger, help is out there. My favorite part of this short story was the ending. It describes how Nancy was able to move on with her life after her talk with Adam on that beach. She was able to repair her relationship with her family, and open up to them about what’s been troubling her. And although she still encountered hardships in life, it showed that life is still worth living, even if you encounter a few speed bumps along the way.
Jeremiah and Georgina’s Christmas
In the week before Christmas, Georgina is stuck working on an ad campaign in a woodsy hotel with her arch nemesis colleague, Jeremiah. He’s the ultimate lady’s man, and annoys Georgina to no end. But as the two are forced to work together, will they be able to fight their growing attraction for one another? Kind of sounds like a Hallmark Christmas special, doesn’t it? I mean, can you think of a more romantic setting than being in a secluded hotel with snow all around? I guess it could also be a horror film in the making.
Idyllic setting aside, I did have a few issues with this story. Firstly, the writing was a tad simplistic. Practically every sentence of dialogue ended with “he said”, or “she said”. Sounds silly, I know, but it was really distracting after a while. It wouldn’t hurt to maybe throw in a “he exclaimed”, or “she responded” in there. Secondly, her relationship with Jeremiah could have used another layer of depth. Instead of just hating him for being a womanizer, maybe they could have also had a work rivalry going on.
All in all, my biggest issue with this story was how Jeremiah and Georgina came together at the end. She has hated this man for years, and the only reason she starts to look at him any differently is because other people basically tell her to do so. It’s not that he started acting any differently, or even treating her with more respect, for her to suddenly change her opinion of him. Lastly, just when Georgina starts to open up to the idea of being with Jeremiah, he proposes! Talk about jumping the gun! Maybe they should go out on a date first? See if they have the same taste in movies? Does he keep his socks on while having sex? Does he pick his teeth with a straw after eating? Do you know this man at all?!?!