by Sheila Llanas from the October 4, 2010 issue
Tagline: The thunderstorm took Sandy and Tom by surprise--and so did the romance that followed...
In a Nutshell: Sandy and Tom go out on a first date. Tom is shy and nervous through dinner. The rest of the date is not ideal, and yet they end up getting married one year later.
Observations: The majority of Woman's World stories tell what happens leading up to that first date. This one took up after that first meet and described the date itself instead. What a refreshing change.
Another difference is that the "black moment," when you worry that things aren't going to work out, occurs in the first third of the story, instead of near the end.
She wondered if this would be a typical first date: Tom would drop her off, tell her he'd call. She'd crawl into bed with a good book and never hear from him again.
I thought the bib wedding favor idea was cute, and I always love a wedding epilogue.
However, this story didn't really grab me. I think it's because Tom didn't appeal to me. I think his bumbling was supposed to be endearing, but he came across as a little too unassuming and awkward. Sandy is a better woman than I am, clearly!