by Jan Romes from the January 2, 2012 issue
Tagline: When Sarah met Jake, the forecast was suddenly sunny and bright--despite the clouds!
In A Nutshell: Sarah is on her way to an interview to be the local weather girl, but an inconsiderate driver splashes muddy water all over her. A stranger who happens to work at the TV station convinces her to go through with the interview anyway. She gets the job and finds that stranger who ends up asking her to lunch.
Observations: I really liked this story, which was a bit different than normal in that it focused mostly on the protagonist, Sarah, and how she finds the courage to interview for that job even though she looks horrible. The romance was kind of like a subplot here. But it worked, mainly, I think, because of this one moment. Sarah has just gotten splashed...
"Hey," she heard a male voice call out.
Sarah tucked her damp hair behind her ears and replied with a disheartened, "Hey."
A blonde (sic) man with concerned blue eyes approached. "I saw what happened," he said. "It was like he did it..." His voice trailed off when they linked gazes. "...on purpose."
Sarah felt a flutter in her stomach.
There. See what I mean? Couldn't you just picture that pivotal moment when they make that connection? That's romance! Little moment = big impact.
On a side note, that first sentence in the excerpt has a mistake in it. Anyone else notice it?