by Veda Boyd Jones from the June 25, 2012 issue
Tagline: If asked, could Heather and Ted find the words to describe their instant and mutual attraction? Probably!
In a Nutshell: Heather is minding her own business, working the crossword during lunch. The man who constructed the crossword happens to sit next to her. They talk and connect. Using crossword lingo, he asks her out to dinner.
Observations: I love crossword puzzles. Using them as a device to get a couple talking was something I haven't seen before in a Woman's World story.
This was one of those stories that took place all in one scene. You get some backstory for Heather, the hero shows up, and the events unfold to the conclusion with no transitions or passages of time. This gives the reader a chance to really see the couple interacting.
I also noticed a pretty long description of Ted.
...when a man about her age, late thirties, stopped by the bench. He wore khakis and an oxford shirt with the sleeves rolled up, obviously ready to enjoy the sunshine, too. Laugh lines around his eyes gave him a good-natured look, even before he smiled at her.
How nice to have that luxury. Perhaps the lack of scene changes allowed some extra wiggle room.