Wednesday, June 14, 2017

One Morning in the Park by Jenny Welsh

from the June 12, 2017 issue

Tagline: Ellie knew no one in town...then she met Danny and Sophie!

Observations: This story is a direct opposite from the story last week. Last week, we had a widow who was at a crossroads. She felt something was missing in her life, but was reluctant to move forward for fear that it would mean saying goodbye to her late husband.

This week, we have a heroine who is completely content. She is on the brink too, but is in a state of happy anticipation, eager to see what life brings her. She's proactive and optimistic.

There's also a time-honored trope here I thought I'd point out - the often-maligned misunderstanding. In the pages of Woman's World, you will often see a story in which a character appears to be married or taken, when in fact, just the opposite is true. Ellie sees a man with a little girl and assumes he's her father. Another variation is seeing someone with a person of the opposite sex--walking together, shopping, kissing a cheek or hugging, driving in the same car--the possibilities are endless. It's natural to assume they might be a couple. You will also see a heroine jump to conclusions if the hero is doing something to suggest he's a parent. Maybe there's a carseat in his car, he's carrying a shopping bag from a toy store, he shopping in the children's section of the bookstore.

Regardless of how they come to the conclusion that the person is married/attached, obviously the truth must be found out. Here Ellie hears the girl call him "Uncle Danny."

Photo credit: Sebastien Launay (cc)


Sandy Smith said...

This was a cute story. I also liked how confident and content the heroine was.

Pat said...

I loved this story. So upbeat and believable. Thanks for all the trope ideas, Kate.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Frisbee was a school sport now. I see they are back in the park and again mistaking uncle for dad. The story the next week does the same thing. This was a nice story, but I must say I prefer those that show a little more originality. Also, I would like to see a lot more romance.

SRUN POR said...

I loved this story..!Thank you for posting this blog.
gclub online
gclub casino

bettye griffin said...

I personally find that whole thought-he-was-married-but-turns-out-to-be-the-uncle thing stale and roll my eyes whenever I see it...but that's just me.

Anonymous said...

I liked the Ellie character. She seems open and fun and like someone I'd like to hang out with. Cute story. Thanks for the tips Kate.