Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Christmas Match by Tina Radcliffe

From the December 19, 2016 issue

My apologies for being so behind on the blog. I have a novella due in mid January and I'm woefully behind. I'll catch up eventually.

Tagline: Anna never thought she would meet anyone special...then a handsome cabbie drove in to her life!

Woman's World Tropes: Man to the rescue, airport, weather problems

Observations: I liked this story a lot. Come winter time you can bet you're going to get a story set in an airport, and this is the second one we've seen in a little bit. I'm okay with it though. They were different enough that I didn't sigh and think, "Oh no, not another airport story."

One of the things I liked most about this story were the two black moments. The first was very subtle and had to do with the romance. She's just been dropped off at the airport...

"Happy holidays to you as well." She paused, thinking that she wanted to say more, but that was silly, wasn't it? She hardly knew the man.

You see the heroine actively turning away from "love," and the reader worries a little bit, but not too much because we know we'll get a happy ending.

Not too soon after, we get the plot black moment of her missing wallet. I thought it was very clever to insert such anxiety here for us. Woman's World frowns on a lot of drama, like arguing or over the top emotions, but when we read about the possibility of her missing her flight to visit her sister, the new mom, we worry for her. We don't want her to miss out.

The ending was a little tiny bit drawn out, in my opinion, but it didn't hamper my enjoyment of the story.

I want to know where I can get one of those blinking Santa pins!

Photo credit: Andrew Rivett via Flickr Creative Commons License

6 comments:

Pat said...

I loved this story. Living in a busy area near three major airports this story was pure fiction to me, but it's something I sure wish would happen to someone who left their wallet in a cab. Just made me warm and fuzzy.

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Chris said...

Looks like another 'comment' that has nothing to do with the story has snuck in, Kate. I can't say anything about this one as I don't think I saw the story but from your description it sounds like it was worth reading.

Kate Willoughby said...

Yeah, don't know why all of a sudden the spam posts are appearing. It's the Russians! LOL

Sandy Smith said...

I loved this story. Tina always writes a wonderful story.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

I really enjoyed this story too, Kudo's Tina!

Good luck and God's blessings
PamT