by Jody Lebel from the February 25, 2013 issue
Tagline: When Karen met Dan, she couldn't help thinking: it's amazing the things that turn up at yard sales!
In a Nutshell: Karen is having a yard sale. A man buys a tackle box her late husband got himself at an estate sale. Later that evening, the man returns. He'd found a monogrammed high school ring in the tackle box and suggests they track down the owner together like Sherlock and Watson.
Observations: Lots of stuff to like here.
I liked the realistic details in this story. I've held yard sales before and could readily sympathize with Karen, especially considering she was doing it on her own.
I liked that grabby first line.
Good-looking men don't show up on your lawn everyday.
I liked the minor black moment when he returns with the tackle box. She's worried he wants to return it, and if the author has done her job right, the reader worries, too.
I liked how subtly we see that Dan is interested in Karen when he lingers for a while after he's made his purchase.
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