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Waiting for Patrick by Brynn Stein

Waiting for Patrick

Waiting for Patrick by Brynn Stein

Published by: Dreamspinner Press on September 16, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

Elliot Graham is an architect who specializes in restoring old houses and flipping them for a profit. But when he purchases an old plantation home in South Carolina, there’s something about the place that makes him wonder if he’ll be able to part with it. He’s found something that he didn’t even know he was searching for even if he can’t exactly articulate what it is.

Ben Myers promised Patrick that he would wait for him to come back. And he’s someone who is true to his word. Even though that promise was made during the Civil War, Ben is still waiting in the same plantation house where they parted more than a century ago. A bit restless, Ben reaches out to Elliot and tells him his story. Elliot does his best to try to convince Ben that Patrick is gone and isn’t coming back, but Ben is devoted. And it turns out there may be a bit more to this love story than either of them realizes…

Are you someone who believes in fate? Even just a little? Well, even if you aren’t, I have a feeling you’ll still enjoy this well-written and engaging story of love that spans more than a lifetime. In life there are very few second chances–and sometimes even few first chances–and it’s imperative that we take the chances that we are given. Who knows, sometimes they may surprise us and we might even surprise ourselves. And that’s exactly what you’ll find here…

Not the Best Day by Brynn Stein

Not the Best Day

Book Info

Title: Not the Best Day
Author: Brynn Stein
Published: December 1, 2015
Pages: 32
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

To Henry, Christmas shopping is a necessary evil; there are so many things he’d rather be doing. But gifts need to be purchased, so he’s stuck going through the motions to get it done. And on top of it being two days before Christmas–and therefore a busy day all around–he runs into a complete jerk who keeps crossing his path and getting in his way. He doesn’t know what the guy’s deal is, but he aims to just complete his shopping and be done with him. Except when days don’t go as planned, sometimes they really don’t go as planned.

This is a short and very action-oriented story with some unexpected twists as the plot progresses. There’s a lightness to the writing that comes through (despite Henry’s foul mood), and despite the length, I feel like it was easy to connect to the character and understand what this day is really like for him. Shorts can be difficult sometimes, especially when you’re working in the romance genre. But I also never expect a romance short to deliver the slow burn relationship building that one might see in a novel–there’s just no room for it. But when I can end the story with a smile on my face and pleased with the direction the characters are headed, then we’ve arrived at a good place