Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Halloween Surprise by Rosemary Hayes

from the October 30, 2017 issue

Tagline: Could Sandie's fond childhood memories of Aaron turn into real fondness as adults?

Observations: What do you get if you take an old flame plot, add some nostalgia for childhood memories, and a pumpkin patch setting? This story! The Old Flame plot is a tried and true storyline. I think part of the appeal is that there's a glimmer of destiny involved. Two people know each other and are separated by whatever reason. Then, years later, they reconnect, almost as if they were meant to. In fact, if you look at the old saying, "Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl," and change it up to say "Boy and girl meet, boy and girl part, boy and girl reunite," that's what we have here.

In the second of my "advanced" classes, I talk about how to structure an Old Flame or Second-Chance plot. There's even a handy dandy flow chart to help you brainstorm and/or organize your thoughts. Old Flame stories are among my favorites. You will see them a lot in the pages of Woman's World magazine.

Photo Credit: Personal Creations (Flickr CC license)


Shyra said...

What a cute story. At first I thought it was a reprint because the family owned pumpkin patch seemed familiar, but that's probably from my own memories. I liked how she invited him for pumpkin pie and he said he'd bring pumpkin martinis. I'm not much of a drinker but I love anything pumpkin and those sound intriguing. Great job Rosemary. Good lesson Kate.

Pat said...

I enjoyed this story. Thanks for the review, Kate.