From the January 2, 2017 issue
Tagline: Emma was unsure about her niece's matchmaking abilities...until she met Jeff!
Woman's World Tropes: matchmaker, shelter dog, male teacher
Observations: This was a pleasant story, but nothing really stood out to me.
Here's a very minor tip...
O'Brien named Abby's parents Zach and Liz. In my opinion, it wasn't necessary. You name characters because they're important and/or will be appearing enough that it would be awkward (or annoying as to the writer) to not name them. In this case, they're mentioned one more time and could have been referred to as Abby's parents.
This detail/teaching point that isn't anything earth-shattering, but readers are trained to remember characters that have been named and in a story this short, eliminating extraneous names might make the story feel cleaner and more streamlined.
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