by Karen Thurber from the June 7, 2013 issue
Tagline: Jenna worried she might be lonely when she moved from the city to a small town. Then she met Matt...
In a Nutshell: Online dog treat entrepreneur Jenna isn't sure she's going to like living in a small town. She hits it off with the postmaster when she's mailing her parents' anniversary gift and realizes she does like it after all.
Observations: This story had several things going for it, Woman's World-wise.
1. It tried to show how nice small towns are. Sometimes I think Woman's World readers exist in a vacuum of perpetual Americana, or maybe that Johnene thinks they do. Either way, the goodwill of small town America always seems to be welcome within the pages of Woman's World.
2. There are dogs in the story. 'Nuff said.
3. Thurber included a Sentimental Item - Jenna's grandmother's wedding ring.
4. She also created an hero
ic hero. In WW, heroic behavior can take the form of gallantry and here, Matt offers to pay for the postage when Jenna realizes she left her wallet.
My Favorite Part: "I'm the postmaster...and you're new in town.
"Still unpacking," Jenna said. "I guess you know most everyone."
"Not most everyone. Everyone," he said, flashing a warm smile.