Thursday, July 13, 2017

Love on the Vine by Shannon Fay

from the July 3, 2017 issue

Tagline: Carol wasn't looking for love, but then she met Paul...

Observations: What a great story this was. I loved the setting of a winery, a setting I don't remember seeing before. I loved the little mini-love story.

This is the perfect example of a "meet-cute" story in which you only show the couple meeting. There's usually so
me set up then they actually meet. Make sure you show a real connection between the pair. If you look at this particular story, we get just enough to convince us that Carol and Paul will enjoy themselves at that Independence Day party.

There's also a small dark moment when the interview is over and Carol thinks she might never see Paul again, but of course, she's wrong. After that, we wrap up with the two people arranging to have a first date. The end. :)

Photo credit: Tim Corradino (cc)

On a side note, my father passed away on Tuesday. He left peacefully in his sleep, which was a blessing. He's been bedridden and unable to effectively communicate for over two years as a result of a stroke. Thanks for understanding why the blog isn't current.


Pat said...

Kate, I also loved this story because it was different setting and setup as you mentioned.

I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Please pass my condolences on to your whole family.

Shannon said...

Kate, I always love reading your blog. Whenever I have a story in Woman's World, I'm always eager to read your review (you always make great points!). I'm very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts.

Tamara said...

So sorry about your dad, Kate.

Tracie Rae said...


You are in my prayers. So sorry for your loss.
Tracie Rae

Shyra said...

I loved this story. It was a nice fit for Woman's World with some fresh touches. Great job Shannon.

Kate, I'm sorry about your dad. Take care.

Melody Murray said...

I am so very sorry about your dad. I'm sure your family is in many prayers at this time.

Sandy Smith said...

This was a nice story. I enjoyed it.

Kate, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad but glad his passing was peaceful. Prayers to you and your family.

Diane said...

So sorry for your loss, Kate. Hugs to you.

Mary Ann Joyce said...

I really enjoyed this story! Very cute. I thought the characters were well drawn.

Sorry for your loss, Kate. Nice to know he's at peace now. Thinking about you at this time.

Kate Willoughby said...

Thank you all very much for your kind thoughts and prayers.

Unknown said...

thank you so much for your sharing this nice article,
I really like to reading your blog !

Deb Noone said...

Oh, Kate - as you can see, I am just catching up with a month's worth of reading and checking out your blog. So sorry to hear about your dad. It's never easy. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

I did enjoy this story - the thing that resonated with me was the heroine finding the story within the story. I used to write for alumni magazines at several schools, and that was always a thrill to dig deep enough and get to know the subject to find the deeper story. Which is what brought these two characters together. He was flattered that she cared enough about his family's business to dig a bit deeper, and it gave them a way to get to know each other better. A lot packed into this story.

bettye griffin said...

Just seeing this and wanted to express condolences to you on the loss of your father, Kate. May he have everlasting peace, and may he live in your memories until you see each other again.

Bettye Griffin

Kate Willoughby said...

Thank you, Bettye and Deb. Much appreciated.